In the wake of the chancellor’s retreat two weeks ago, we’ve begun the process of renewing the strategic plan for the Library. At Wednesday’s Management Council meeting, I gave a presentation on key points I took away from the retreat about campus priorities under the leadership of our new chancellor and about changing realities within the UC system, both in terms of the new president’s plans for the Office of the President and the California economy’s impact on state funding. We’re just in the initial stages of deciding on how the process will move forward, but as before, we will actively involve Library staff and extensively utilize information about user needs and experiences in the substance of it.
The campus has changed its process of calling for strategic plans somewhat from what it was three years ago. Now they are asking all campus units for a one-year academic or business plan, due early next year, with more extensive, multi-year strategic plans due from the units on a rotating basis. The Library doesn’t come up in that rotation until 2010, but we need to move forward now nevertheless. We will incorporate the process of creating our one-year academic/business plan (since the Library in fact spans those categories) into the process of creating the multi-year strategic plan so that they build on each other.
Just as we created an inclusive process for generating our current strategic plan, we will do so again. So what happens next? We plan to have all-staff open sessions to discuss topics for inclusion. Some of our progress on fundamentals, such as the YRL renovation, will be reflected in the new plan. Working groups will collaborate to create a draft plan. Management Council will review and take responsibility for the final product.
Your suggestions are welcome now, and as we move forward.