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Libraries Announce 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Four key directions will shape the future of Drexel University Libraries as a vibrant learning enterprise advancing the University’s investment in academic excellence, improvement of the student experience, creative research, growing enrollment and enhanced global impact.

“I am pleased to share the Libraries’ Strategic Plan and am grateful to its many contributors,” said Danuta A. Nitecki, dean of Libraries.

Over 60 individuals energetically engaged in the planning process at a July 2011 Future Search Conference, which explored how the Libraries can advance the University's transformation. Since then, many individuals have helped to shape and articulate the plan to identify the four directions, tagged as; access, environments, connections and organization

These tags highlight the plan's focus to 1.) ensure access to ideas and authoritative information sources, regardless of time or geography for Drexel’s diverse community to learn, contribute to scholarship, and serve society, 2.) build learning environments in physical and cyber spaces, 3.) deepen Drexel’s connections with scholarship through expert guidance across knowledge communities, authoritative publications, and unique data sources, and 4.) model a collaborative and entrepreneurial library organization that effectively leverages university and external resources to serve students, enhance teaching, and support researchers.

Imagine Drexel graduates and faculty as world-class self-directed learners distinguished by experiential and theoretical knowledge of their profession’s approach to creating solutions. They are skilled and confident in mastering their discipline's scholarship and navigating the ever-expanding mass of information to uncover new questions, create knowledge to solve problems and learn. The Libraries is a crossroad for them to deepen connections to scholarship.

For more information about the Libraries 2012 – 2017 Strategic Plan, visit

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