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Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017

Dean's Update – Thinking about Spaces for Learning

How does space, beyond classrooms and labs, influence learning? Measuring and explaining this has been the challenge our leadership team faces as we attempt to determine how the Libraries can gauge its contribution to the University’s strategic plan, specifically in the areas of academic excellence and improvement of the student experience.

This is a challenging question for which no commonly accepted practices or standards apply.

Renovation Plans to Improve W. W. Hagerty Library

Increased seating and improved utilization of space are the focus of a proposed renovation to W. W. Hagerty Library. After months of planning, library staff, along with campus planners and administrators and the architectural firm Kling Stubbins, have proposed ways to address these objectives.

“Although these are not finalized plans, I am excited by the possibility to add about 300 additional seats to the library – while increasing the flexibility of the space and improving traffic flow and decreasing noise,” said Danuta A. Nitecki, dean of libraries.

Dean’s Update: A Look Back at Fiscal Year '12

The planning for a new year is traditionally accompanied by reflection on what happened over the past twelve months.  Fiscal year 2012 was a milestone year for the future of Drexel University Libraries.  The year began with the Libraries’ Future Search Conference, which helped to develop four strategic directions, and the year ended with the announcement of the finalized strategic initiatives that will guide the Libraries' activities for the next five years.  The four directions are not just concepts in a plan, but are already framing the road-map that illustrates where the Libraries is going.

Libraries' Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017

The Libraries' Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017 was published in April 2012.  Click here to download a PDF copy of the plan or

Dean's Update: Access to Ideas as a Continuing Library Priority

Earlier issues of this newsletter have highlighted various strategic directions within the Libraries’ evolving Strategic Plan—building learning environments, deepening connections with scholarship, and modeling a library organization. I have left the most enduring and perhaps obvious one for last—that the Libraries ensures 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.

Libraries staff is undertaking innovative initiatives to address this important responsibility. We continue to license access to electronic information resources, critical to research and teaching, and are challenged in doing so by the growing population at Drexel, as well as the expansion of the University’s scholarly communications and research scope. We are also working to simplify the discovery of multiple unique collections across Drexel and beyond, and collaboratively with others, to ensure that the creative expressions at Drexel are available to others for future use in teaching and research.

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

Deans Update: Future Planning

Danuta A. NiteckiThinking about the future is an exciting exercise and a challenge when placed against the backdrop of leading change in an organization to shape its future for positive impact. In the Libraries, we have looked at where we are and contemplated the many changes in scholarly publishing, information technologies, social communications, use of space, learning behavior, and the University’s ambitious emphasis on its research, experiential learning opportunities, global outreach, and civic engagement.

But, as the well-known author of Megatrends, John Naisbitt, notes, “strategic planning is worthless—unless there is first a strategic vision.”

Dean's Update: Building Communities

Danuta A. NiteckiOne of the strategic directions the Libraries is pursuing is to build and nurture communities.  We do so by exploring topics of shared interest among Drexel students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni, colleagues and friends beyond campus.  In this issue, you will read about recent efforts to bring together alumni and students interested in Drexel’s football program, triggered by an exhibit from the Archives, as well as seeking ways to encourage the preservation and celebration of the University’s memories and legacy of its athletic program.   In another venue, we were delighted to host an opportunity for students to explore the use of typography to express the purpose of the Library Learning Terrace and to share their creations with others who will view the selected designs that will be used to embellish the aesthetics of this learning environment.

Libraries Identify Priorities for Future

Drexel University Libraries is transforming into a learning enterprise. As this transformation continues, new strategic directions have emerged to set priorities for the Libraries’ future.

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