University of Oregon

UO Libraries Mission, Values, and Strategic Directions


The University of Oregon Libraries actively supports the student learning experience, enables the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contributes to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service.


The UO Libraries is a catalyst for learning, discovery, and knowledge creation, in service to the transformative power of individuals and communities.


The UO Libraries values intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

Strategic Directions 2017-2020: A Trusted Partner, Advancing Knowledge

The five major goals of the UO Libraries’ three-year strategic plan align with the University's priorities.
  • Information and Knowledge: Provide significant and unique content and collections to enhance research and scholarship

  • Student SuccessPlay a key role in improving student success through exemplary teaching, engagement, and faculty development

  • Research and Engagement: Engage with diverse partners to fuel discovery and create new knowledge

  • Interactive Learning Environments: Create and support interactive learning environments to advance learning, inspire creativity, and build community

  • Enhanced Capacity: Strengthen the Libraries’ ability to sustain and support essential programs and resources for the university

Goal Strategies - Highlights

  • Information and Knowledge
    • Increase strategic, cross-institutional management of legacy print collections
    • Leverage digital collections partnerships to expand role in national- and state-level digital library efforts, e.g., Oregon Digital, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), etc.
    • Critically examine and, if needed, enhance digital publishing capacity
    • Explore and, if feasible, implement new systems and workflows to enable easier, seamless integration of library content into UO online courses
    • Increase library memberships and partnerships that will expand open-access publishing
  • Student Success
    • Enhance efforts to participate in learning analytics at campus level
    • Implement methods to improve library instruction assessment and evaluation
    • Solidify LIB for-credit provision by formalizing its purpose and library investment levels
    • Form an Open Pedagogy/Open Educational Resources (OER) task force to provide advocacy and action
    • Continue participating with campus partners on improving and expanding UO online education, including an initiative to enhance campus proctoring
    • Co-lead a Student Success Summit, working with UO Undergraduate Studies and other partners
  • Research and Engagement
    • Enhance digital scholarship-related services, systems, and resources for faculty and graduate students
    • Expand Data Services, including provision of numeric and spatial data for teaching, learning, and research; data education; and research data management. This includes strengthening participation in national data initiatives
    • Continue leading the UO GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museum) initiative, focusing on grant-funded initiatives related to teaching, learning, and sharing of resources and expertise
    • Co-lead the new UO Copyright Network with partners in the Office of Research and Innovation
  • Interactive Learning Environments
    • Re-purpose physical spaces to enhance learning, collaboration, and research. (Throughout 2017-2020, the Libraries will continue to renovate several large learning spaces, labs, instructional rooms, and study rooms in its multiple locations)
    • Continue strengthening accessibility throughout the Libraries’ programs and services
    • Focus on diverse, inclusive exhibits and events, leveraging relevant UO expertise and collections
    • Consider need for library resources and programming for the new Black Cultural Center
  • Enhanced Capacity
    • Continue to partner with Information Services (IS) and other partners in efforts to complete the University's Transform IT initiative
    • Enact the Libraries’ Diversity Action Plan
    • Further leverage the University's enterprise learning management system through improved instructional design, application of Quality Matters standards, etc.
    • Conduct national LibQUAL evaluation study of Libraries’ programs, services, and resources in 2017-2018
    • Strengthen the Libraries’ User Experience (UX) service design, and evaluation and assessment efforts

UO Libraries' 2017-2020 Diversity Action Plan

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