As you know, the university introduced a new campus-wide strategic plan, MiamiRISE, in Fall 2019. This energy and forward momentum, coupled with the work done on our Master Plan, offer the perfect opportunity for us as a community to build our own strategic plan. Together, we are creating an actionable roadmap that will shape our services, define our priorities, and ensure the continued strength and relevancy of our university library system.
Additionally, the Libraries has partnered closely with Tom Heuer, Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship & Assistant Clinical Lecturer at the Farmer School of Business. Tom has extensive experience in strategic planning in both corporate and higher education environments and has volunteered to assist the Libraries in this important initiative.
Following the work we did as a community during January's all-staff meeting in defining and expanding on the Libraries' values, the values committee worked to fully articulate the values by developing definitions, succinct slogans, and the skills and behaviors that express them.
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Over the next few months, you can expect meaningful forward progress:
On March 24 the leadership team and department heads gathered in a virtual environment to work on strategic goal drafts. The group worked on draft goals under the themes people/talent, our user experience, our environment (physical and virtual), and partnerships and funding. (picture)
On March 31 the leadership team and department heads gathered again in a virtual environment to brainstorm actionable and measurable initiatives to achieve our strategic goals.
Top Takeaways from Input
"How will we win with our primary users?" Brainstorming:
The SWOT analysis process took place October 21 through November 25. The SWOT analysis exercises were built to identify the Libraries’ top strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. They included:
As a result, top themes for each area were identified. You can see a deeper dive into these results here. Please be sure to review slide 4 in the attached to help guide you through the results.
How is this different from the Master Plan? The strategic planning process is an embedded step of the master plan. While the master plan set the 10-15 year stage for departmental reorganization and a bold reimagining of our space, the strategic plan is sets actionable, strategic steps to move forward. The strategic plan is an extension of the master plan and will help us define priorities, shape our services, and ensure the continued strength and relevancy of the Libraries.
What about the Libraries' mission, vision, values? As a part of the strategic planning process, these will be included and clearly defined.
What about the university's strategic plan? There is no better time for the Libraries to embark on the strategic planning process to complement and align with the recent university strategic plan and direction this provides.
Who is involved in this process? The entire Libraries community, alumni advisory board, and student advisory boards are all involved at various stages in this process. The feedback and input gathered from the Libraries staff through the anonymous SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) survey and in-person facilitated sessions are critical to shaping the draft of the strategic plan. Libraries senior leadership and department heads, in partnership with Tom Heuer, will create the draft of the strategic plan.
Will the plan be reviewed/approved/supported by the Provost and/or President? Jerome has been and will continue to keep Provost Osbourne updated on our strategic planning process during their regular meetings. Once the plan is complete it will be shared with President Crawford and will not require his approval.
What if I have questions, comments, concerns? You can get answers to any questions or concerns you might have about the process by contacting Samantha Diebel. You can also use the anonymous feedback form above.
When is this going to be done? The plan is to present in early spring 2020.