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Libraries' Strategic Plan: Catalyst | AY 23-24 Strategic Plan

Logo for Catalyst '24.  The logo reads Catalyst, Strategic Plan for the '23-24 Academic Year

Second Business Review of Catalyst '24!

All staff are welcome to attend the second Business Review for Catalyst '24!  During this time together, we will hear updates for the three initiatives and set targets for wrapping up the strategic planning cycle.

What: Catalyst Business Review #2

When: Tuesday, March 5 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Zoom, at this link

Hope to see you there!

Strategic Plan Overview

In AY24, the Libraries will continue working on the three goals developed in AY21, which have driven the work done over the past three years. Three action-oriented initiatives are aligned with these three goals.

Goal 1: Develop talent, resources, and experiences to facilitate an inclusive community.

  • Talent Management - Onboarding - Redevelop the Libraries’ onboarding process for new employees into a year-long experience that exemplifies the Libraries’ values, supports retention and engagement, and streamlines processes across departments and staff classifications.
    • Facilitators: Zac Grisham and Rich Wisneski
    • Workgroup Members: Mike Bomholt, Alea Henle, Megan Jaskowiak, and Lissa Martin
    • Action Plan

Goal 2: Transform the Libraries’ environment and user-centered experience to anticipate evolving modes of learning.

  • Libraries' Commitment to Inclusive Excellence - Continue to transform the Libraries into an environment that is welcoming, safe, and prepared to meet the individual needs of all learners by implementing recommendations in the Libraries' Commitment to Inclusive Excellence for collections, people, services, and spaces.
    • Facilitator: Ken Irwin and Elizabeth Kerr
    • Workgroup Members: Katie Gibson, Stefanie Hilles, John Millard, and Mike Smith
    • Action Plan

Goal 3: Forge meaningful partnerships that foster affordability, ensure relevancy, and cultivate life-long connections.

  • External Funding - Increase external funding by 10% by engaging with partners: 1) University Advancement (UA) and the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) to build resources that increase library staff and librarians’ capacity to pursue and obtain funding; 2) The ASPIRE office to submit a capital request for infrastructure enhancements.
    • Facilitator: Jason Ezell and Kevin Messner
    • Workgroup Members: Eric Harrelson, Roger Justus, Abi Morgan, and Sarah Nagle
    • Action Plan

Teams will continue to take intentional steps to align the work they are completing with MiamiRISE as well as support DEI initiatives.

Catalyst '23 Outcomes

Last year's iteration of the Strategic Plan produced amazing outcomes!  To learn more, visit the AY23 Strategic Plan Outcomes page (

You can also learn more in the Catalyst AY23 Final Report.

Strategic Plan Initiatives Progress Dashboard

The strategic plan progress dashboard is maintained monthly.  It is a visual representation of how each workgroup is progressing.  

Overall Progress represents the cumulative progress for every action on the strategic plan.

Goal Progress represents the progress for all aspects of that goal.

Initiative Progress represents the progress for all aspects of that initiative.  This year, initiative progress will match goal progress as there is one initiative per goal.

Each initiative is broken into objectives, or smaller tasks, to help achieve the initiative. Objective Progress (found in the Dashboard document, not pictured below) represents the progress for all tasks within an initiative objective. 

AY24 Catalyst Progress Dashboard

Catalyst progress as of December 1.

Graph representing progress of strategic plan.  Overall progress is 11.9% completed and 88.1% on track.  Goal 1 is 100% on track.  Goal 2 is 10% completed and 90% on track.  Goal 3 is 33.3% completed and 66.7% on track.

December 12, 2023 Business Review #1


Links and resources related to Catalyst:

Top Takeaways;

  • The initiative teams are ROCKSTARS!  Each team has a plan of action and has already made significant progress toward completing their action plans.
  • We have made such great strides with Catalyst over the past four years.  This year's initiatives connect to previous Catalyst iterations and will have an impact on future iterations.  Strong procedures are in place to keep Catalyst moving forward.

September 6, 2023 Participant Training Recap


Top Takeaways:

  • The three goals remain the same
  • Two NEW initiatives and one continuing initiative: 1) Talent Management - Onboarding, 2) Libraries' Commitment to Inclusive Excellence, and 3) External Funding
  • This year we are building off of initiatives from AY23
  • Timeline runs from now (September) through June
  • THANK YOU! This work would not be possible without YOU!

calendar with a check on one date

- AY24 Timeline -


  • Ongoing workgroup meetings
  • 24 - All-Staff Meeting updates
  • 31 - Dashboard updates


  • Ongoing workgroup meetings
  • 29 - Dashboard updates

Questions, feedback, concerns?

Provide anonymous feedback here at any time.

You can also reach out to Elizabeth Kerr with questions, comments, or concerns.

Last updated - December 21, 2023