OhioLINK Strategic Framework Maps Future Initiatives in Five Broad Directions
From an OhioLINK Announcement:
OhioLINK has completed a strategic planning process that will guide the statewide academic library consortium’s work with members through the next three to five years. The Strategic Framework, based on feedback gathered from OhioLINK members, positions the organization to support its 117 member libraries as they navigate the changing post-pandemic higher education landscape.
“Since OhioLINK’s work is so collaborative, our process was as important as the outcome,” said OhioLINK Executive Director Amy Pawlowski. “Engaging our active library community in this strategic exercise was critical to creating a plan that directs OhioLINK’s efforts where they can have the most impact for member libraries, students, and faculty.”
OhioLINK embarked on the planning project with a steering committee headed by Pawlowski and Dean Ken Burhanna of Kent State University Libraries. DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA) was engaged to lead the organization through the process, starting with a competitive scan of best practices, followed by consortium-wide listening sessions and a survey to library staff.
“Librarians are extremely dedicated professionals who believe deeply in their work, so I shouldn’t be surprised by the amazing engagement and input from our membership, yet I am,” said Dean Burhanna. “Our future is rich with possibilities thanks to our member libraries’ commitment.”
OhioLINK is grateful to the Strategic Framework steering committee for their time and expertise. In addition to Ken Burhanna, Dean of Kent State University Libraries and Chair of OhioLINK’s Library Advisory Council, the committee included Lisa Hoops, Director of the Library and Tutoring Center, Edison State Community College; Carla Sarratt, Director of Libraries, University of Mount Union; Karen Greever, Collection Development Librarian, Kenyon College; Morag Boyd, Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist, The Ohio State University; Rob Withers, Coordinator, Access Services, Miami University; Eileen Bosch, Associate Dean of University Libraries, Bowling Green State University; and Jessica DeCaro, Director of Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Case Western Reserve University
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