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Strategic Directions


In 2015, the Vassar College Libraries came together to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and contexts that form library practice. 

Our critical question: "What do we need to do in the next 3-5 years to ensure that the VCL is a thriving, inspiring example of a leading undergraduate library responding creatively and responsibly to the demands of the twenty-first century?"

Our practical vision included how materials can be more accessible, how spaces can be more available, and how the libraries can be a central hub for research and writing across the curriculum.

Cultivating deeper and multifaceted partnerships in pedagogy and research

Directions include:

  • Enhance library capacity for digital scholarship
  • Establish working groups for instructional support
  • Help FWS to establish and host guides on plagiarism, fair use, and writing

Positioning the library team to thrive in an environment of change

Directions include:

  • Skill sharing among library staff
  • Spaces for library team gatherings
  • Encourage professional development opportunities

Ensuring effective and inspiring encounters with the library (physical and virtual)

  • Move campus website to more library focused system to make experience better for our users
  • Consider signage for physical and virtual spaces
  • Create programming for students and faculty

Building a culture of assessment

  • Consider appropriate methodologies to facilitate inquiry
  • Use assessment methods to better understand trends and issues

Developing students who are empowered researchers and critical thinkers

  • Hire librarian with data and instruction skills
  • Create DIY pages on website
  • Consider peer-education student model

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