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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

First Business Review of Catalyst '24!

All staff are welcome to attend the first Business Review for Catalyst '24!  During this time together, we will learn about the three initiatives, hear updates, and set targets for the spring semester.

What: Catalyst Business Review #1

When: Tuesday, December 12 11am to noon

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 - Redesign the Libraries' onboarding process for new staff members into a year-long experience that exemplifies the Libraries' values, supports staff 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 a welcoming and safe environment for all learners, prepared to meet their unique, individual needs, 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 campus partners: (a) The Office of Research and Innovation and University Advancement to build resources that will increase the capacity for Library staff to pursue and obtain future funding, (b) The Office of ASPIRE 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.

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
  • 12 - Business Review
  • 22 - Dashboard updates


  • 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 1, 2023