Strategic Directions

The 2013-2016 Strategic Directions provide a framework in the UH Libraries continued pursuit of excellence. The Strategic Directions were shaped by input from many sources and the Libraries’ vision of being a nationally recognized leader among research libraries. The document is unique in that it allows the Libraries to build on past accomplishments, remain true to their core values, and look ahead at opportunities to creatively serve all their users.

Read the UH Libraries Strategic Directions, 2013-2016.

Read the 2014 Strategic Directions Annual Report.

Read the 2015 Strategic Directions Annual Report.

2013-2016 Strategic Directions

Target Specific User Groups with Customized Services and Niche Collections

  • Expand Services to Graduate Students
  • Enhance Faculty Research Support
  • Support First-Year Students
  • Engage Campus Residential Populations

Reimagine Library Spaces to Meet the Needs of a Diverse and Changing University Community

  • Incorporate Flexible Space
  • Encourage Creativity and Production
  • Explore Areas Beyond Our Walls

Promote UH Libraries with a Consistent Message and a Focused Outreach Strategy

  • Re-establish a UH Libraries Brand
  • Revitalize Marketing Strategies
  • Provide Innovative Programming

Increase Our National Recognition

  • Compete for National and State Awards
  • Publish Works that Have High Impact
  • Build and Promote our Unique Collections
  • Attain Leadership Roles
  • Pursue Transformative Partnerships

About the Strategic Planning Process

Strategic directions are aspirational statements intended to inspire a creative response and encourage a course of action at all levels of the organization. Developed every three years, the directions are based on input from LibQUAL+, librarians and staff, and external stakeholders. They build upon our shared organizational values, are informed by University priorities, and help shape planning, goal setting, and priorities throughout the Libraries.

About the Libraries' Microgrant Program

The Libraries' Strategic Directions Committee oversees the Microgrant Program, an ongoing, in-house small grants program to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives and foster the creation of new and innovative services based on the current Libraries' Strategic Directions and the University's Tier One Initiatives. Both individuals and groups of librarians and staff can apply for $2,000 or more if their microgrant supports projects that advance the Libraries’ progress toward any of the directions. The program has sponsored many highly successful endeavors, including the creation of standing committees, annual events, and new services, many of which are now embraced by the Libraries and enjoyed by our users.