To Boldly Go

Library Input to Campus Planning

Got a good idea for how to improve UC Davis over the next decade?

Last fall, Chancellor Gary May launched a new 10-year strategic planning initiative for UC Davis, To Boldly Go. To begin the process, the Steering Committee Chairs are meeting with many groups and units across campus, including the Library, to get their ideas. They want ideas that are ambitious but actionable in the 10-year time frame.

The Library’s Executive Council invites your ideas to share with the Steering Committee. Here are some examples that illustrate the character and level of detail that would be helpful to the Steering Committee. (These examples are not linked to the Library’s own strategic plan, they’re just examples.) Please submit your ideas via this Google form by Friday, March 2nd, and the Executive Council will review them for possible inclusion at our meeting with the Steering Committee. Ideas can be related to the Library or not, as long as they are connected to a theme from the initiative’s website. If you submit an idea that we can share with the Steering Committee, we will invite you to attend the meeting and present your idea, if you want to participate. You can also submit your ideas directly to the initiative’s website if you don’t want to share them with Executive Council.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of UC Davis, and a rare opportunity to speak directly to the University’s leadership about the future. We welcome any and all ideas that you want to share with them, and will share the ideas that are presented to the Steering Committee after the event.

MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian


Student Skills for the 21st Century

Providing students opportunities to acquire life-long academic skills, to be effective in whatever careers or academic studies they pursue. Examples include advanced research skills, data analysis and visualization, geospatial analysis, social media and reputation management, writing and presenting, and copyright and intellectual property management. The regular curriculum doesn’t systematically and reliably provide such training but a general academic unit like the library could expand its research training to include these general professional skills, and tailor them to different student cohorts (first gen, international, transfer students).

Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration at Scale

Provide the community with infrastructure – physical and digital – that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and research. This includes space (shared academic spaces like the library), technology of general utility, and experts to guide researchers to the places, tools, technology, and subject experts they require. Developing campus-wide researcher profiles and collaboration platforms, connect researchers from across the university and with students, while supporting team research.

Shields Library and Learning Center

Transform Shields Library into a contemporary academic and educational hub for the campus, with modern and functional workspaces, one-stop academic services and support to students, and dynamic educational and research interactions between students, faculty, librarians, and researchers.

Open Educational Resources

Provide undergraduate students with freely available classroom materials by 2028, potentially with a small annual student fee to cover program administration.

Academic Technological Infrastructure

Provide UC Davis researchers and students with reliable access to research computing and data management infrastructure. Compile online “portals” that bring together research materials from across the organization on key topics, e.g., water, energy, autism, cybersecurity, etc. Centralized data acquisition and management for research (e.g., Twitter, PG&E data, SMUD data) will facilitate new research; trusted data platforms will make restricted and/or sensitive data available to any researcher with a good idea. Expert “concierge” personnel based in the library and other units will help researchers locate and use the infrastructure, data, and technical expertise they need, at UC Davis and beyond.


Authors of ideas that are advanced to the strategic planning committee will have the option to attend the meeting and present their idea to the committee.