Libraries' Strategic Plan: Goal 2

Goal 2 Position the Libraries as a nexus of expertise in teaching, learning and research

The Libraries have always been at the center of our intellectual community. This goal positions the Libraries as an essential connective partner in academic achievement for the University community. It outlines the Libraries’ collaborative role in supporting students, faculty and staff to better reach their full potential as teachers, learners and researchers.

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Strategy 1: Empower students to use information ethically, effectively and efficiently.

The Libraries are uniquely positioned to empower knowledge creation, help students interpret information, and understand how information is structured.


  • Formalize the Libraries Information Literacy (IL) Program by:
    • Partnering with co-curricular departments on campus to provide IL in non-classroom venues. 
    • Expanding IL opportunities through tutorials, workshops and increased library instruction.
    • Develop plans to reach upper level undergraduates as they move through increasingly sophisticated academic environments.
    • Expand and strengthen support for graduate student research across schools and departments.
  • Empower employees from all departments to support and advocate for IL.
  • Build a Student Ambassador program that includes IL as a critical component. 
  • Work with the SUNY Gen Ed Task Force and the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to track and assess IL. 

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Strategy 2: Amplify campus scholarship by advancing research and the Libraries’ role.

The Libraries serve as essential partners in the advancement and promotion of diverse campus scholarship. Our library employee expertise is crucial in providing scholars with innovative digital and physical platforms that are accessible, engaging and interdisciplinary.


  • Showcase faculty and student research and scholarship more widely with online platforms, and through programs, events and exhibits.
  • Partner with faculty, students and staff to publish and preserve their research and scholarship.
  • Establish the Center for Digital Scholarship to foster a community of practice that applies technology to engage in research and study.
  • Nurture sustainable strategic relationships with scholars throughout the research lifecycle.
  • Ensure digital content presented on the Web conforms with University policy for accessibility.
  • Form strong coalitions of librarians, faculty and administrative partners across the campus to champion open access participation in the institutional repository and engagement with scholarly communication issues, including privacy.

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Strategy 3: Promote awareness of the Libraries’ teaching, learning and research resources.

The Libraries offer a wealth of resources, spaces and services to support scholarship. This strategy engages all Libraries employees in a cycle of planning, promotion and assessment of awareness and engagement.


  • Promote collaboration and partnerships targeting entities across the University, including co-curricular departments, student groups, academic departments and the IDEA Office.
  • Develop marketing campaigns for distinct audiences that share the Libraries-related experiences of students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Reimagine and repurpose spaces that are flexible to support nontraditional events and programs, while also being adaptable to patron needs and library-specific programming.
  • Provide spaces for supporting accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Engage with the University community and administration about library space needs, especially as campus facilities are upgraded.
  • Conduct a space audit to optimize space for library collections, services, initiatives and patrons.
  • Increase outreach to faculty researchers by promoting library services and resources.
  • Utilize the Sustainability Hub to educate and engage the campus community to foster a campus culture of sustainability that encompasses research, pedagogy and critical thinking.

III Goal 2: Teaching, Learning and Research