University of Oregon

UO Libraries Mission, Values, and Strategic Directions

Mission and Purpose

As an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, the University of Oregon Libraries enriches the student learning experience, encourages exploration and research at all levels, and contributes to advancements in access to scholarly resources.


The UO Libraries serves as a powerful catalyst for learning and knowledge creation. We innovate, adapt, and excel in our efforts to improve the world, one curious mind at a time.


User-centered and evidence-based approaches, creativity, flexibility, transparency, responsiveness, teamwork, diversity, and integrity

Strategic Directions, 2015-2017

The UO Libraries’ two-year strategic plan focuses on strengthening the Libraries’ core portfolio and infrastructure, which will serve as a strong foundation for more aspirational goals in the future. The five major goals of this plan are:
  • High-quality Collections and Content: Stimulate the University’s teaching, learning, and research through the collaborative provision of high-quality content and collections
  • Exemplary Teaching, Research, and Engagement: Engage with diverse partners to fuel discovery, create new knowledge, and enrich people’s lives
  • Outstanding Learning Environments:  Create outstanding virtual and physical learning environments to meet users’ needs
  • User-focused Culture:  Foster a creative, innovative, and user-centered culture throughout the Libraries
  • Improved Infrastructure:  Strengthen the Libraries’ ability to sustain and support essential programs and resources for the University

The strategies associated with each of these goals are:
  • High-quality collections and content
    • Enhance efforts to create, sustain, and preserve highly relevant collections that reflect UO’s research themes and programmatic strengths
    • Increase the availability of open-access resources, through local efforts performed with a global outlook
    • Increase users’ awareness and discovery of existing collections and content to maximize their value
  • Exemplary teaching, research, and engagement
    • Explore new ways to provide outstanding library instruction and academic support for diverse groups of users
    • Bring library expertise and unique content to university initiatives and specialized courses, designed to develop students as creators of new knowledge
    • Strengthen the Libraries’ involvement in the research process, i.e., facilitating changes in scholarly communication; and providing services related to research data planning, management, and preservation
  • Outstanding learning environments
    • Build and maintain new or improved online systems and tools to enhance users’ teaching and learning experiences
    • Create and maintain experiential, flexible, and inspirational environments for users of the Libraries’ physical spaces
    • Engage users with library resources and services in more non-traditional environments to increase the Libraries’ availability for all users
  • User-focused culture
    • Become a recognized expert in the use of library instruction and educational technology to enhance teaching and learning
    • Encourage user-focused innovation and experimentation throughout the Libraries
  • Improved infrastructure
    • Increase fundraising and explore new revenue streams
    • Improve the Libraries’ sustainability by exploring and implementing new financial models and network-level approaches
    • Continuously improve the Libraries’ organizational structure, policies, and processes, using evidence-based decision making

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