Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) has released its 2010-2013 Strategic Plan. The plan provides an overview of its current objectives and focuses on how CUL/IS will invest its resources in fulfilling its mission over the next three years.
The plan is the result of a series of focus groups and studies that took place in the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2009. A strategic planning group, appointed by James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, guided the development of the plan. Said Neal, “The plan will serve as guidance for CUL/IS staff and other internal and external stakeholders as they collaborate on the development and implementation of projects and programs.”
The strategic plan focuses efforts and resources in five critical areas: Global and Special Collections, Digital Collections, Effective Interfaces and Improved Access, Library Space, and a New Type of Research Library. The plan also expands the definition of a research library to include the work of the three centers (the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, and the Copyright Advisory Office) – focusing on the purposeful use of technology in learning and teaching – on partnering with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge – and on addressing the relationship between copyright law and the work of the University.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.