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University Library Strategic Plan

The University Library’s strategic priorities and objectives for 2020-25.

The Library’s planning cycle

In February each year the Library produces a strategic planning update, along with the other Professional Services, which presents a framework for development for the following five year period. A set of objectives is then produced for each academic cycle, which is derived from the strategic plan and also takes account of ongoing developments in the University and the wider environment.

Our strategic priorities and objectives for the coming year to reflect and support the University’s vision and strategies.They are informed and shaped by the University’s core values of Excellence, Creativity and Impact, and follow the guiding principles of working together, visibly leading, freedom and opportunity to succeed and responding to current and future challenges.

This year, further adjustments have been made in the light of the exceptional circumstances posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the adaptations required to ensure the safe and sustainable delivery of Library services. Once the situation improves, we will revert to a more blended form of service delivery.

The Library’s Strategic Priorities

The Library’s Strategic Priorities (SP) for the next five years are focused on the following themes:

  • SP1 - To support the delivery of an outstanding educational experience at Newcastle University.
  • SP2 - To support the University’s commitment to improve access, success and progression among students from under-represented groups.
  • SP3 - To provide effective and impactful support for the University’s research and researchers.
  • SP4    To support the global ambitions of the University through the provision of culturally diverse, widely accessible and constantly evolving information resources and services.
  • SP5 - To develop, promote and exploit our unique and distinctive collections in the service of education, research and public engagement.
  • SP6 - To demonstrate efficiency, effectiveness, environmental and financial sustainability in all our services and operations.

Within each Strategic Priority theme, the Strategic Objectives (SO) are as follows:

Jill Taylor-Roe
Director of Academic Services and 
University Librarian

March 2021