January 28, 2022

University of Toronto Libraries Posts Draft of 2013-2018 Strategic Plan

We know many of you find reviewing the strategic plans of various libraries both interesting and useful.

With that in mind here’s a copy of the recently published (draft) of the U. of Toronto Libraries (UTL) 2013-2018 plan titled, “Charting the Future.”

UTL is the largest academic library system in Canada and the third largest in North America.

From the U. of Toronto Libraries Web Site:

The draft plan is the result of substantive consultations that took place through the 2012 – 2013 academic year with the University of Toronto community of faculty, students and staff; library staff in both the central system and in our partner libraries on all three campuses; and with our peers both locally and abroad in the larger library and archives communities. We are grateful to the hundreds of faculty, students, staff and colleagues who took the time to send emails, talk with us, respond to surveys, participate in focus groups, submit reports, and who agreed to be interviewed for their expertise. This plan is enriched by the many voices that care passionately about the University of Toronto Libraries.

From the Plan:

To achieve our ambitions,we have developed a plan that outlines four key priorities in the coming years.Our choices are focused on serving the needs of researchers.

• We will grow our world class collections, expanding our strengths in both traditional and emerging directions in scholarship.

• We will provide innovative services and spaces that inspire the generation of ideas and build a sense of community.

• We will strengthen our relationships with our many stakeholders,and engage dynamically with the community of researchers both locally and abroad.

• We will achieve these tasks through careful stewardship of our resources,and the expert knowledge of our excellent staff.

Direct to Full Text of Strategic Plan (12 pages; PDF) 

See Also: Interview With Larry Alford, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.