UCI Libraries Strategic Plan 2005-2014/2015

Over the next nine years, UCI will continue to grow at a significant rate, culminating in the final “build out” of the campus in terms of maximum size of enrollment, employees, and physical plant. Anticipating this build out, the Executive Vice Chancellor has engaged the campus in a process to produce a plan that will guide UCI through 2014/2015.

The UCI Libraries have conducted extensive planning over the years, both for new initiatives and to improve existing programs, including collections, services, computing, budgets, staffing, and space. The UCI Libraries Strategic Plan 2005-2014/2015 has been developed within the context of the campus plan and priorities, focusing on services to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, and covering the same time period, up to 2014/2015.

The development of the Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2005-2014/2015 has been guided by the following points highlighted in the campus strategic plan:

  • Enrollment growth is expected to climb to 32,000 by 2014/2015
  • Graduate enrollment growth is a priority
  • Community and campus demographics and needs are changing
  • New academic programs and professional schools, including a law school, are likely
  • Research within the academic programs is critical to the success of UCI
  • UCI has aspirations to be the “university of choice for California students” and to continue its rise in the ranks of the top public universities from its current ranking of twelfth
  • The enhancement of campus life for students and faculty is a priority
  • UCI will have a prominent and influential role in Orange County and in Southern California , and will have significant responsibilities because of that role
  • Financial resources beyond state support must be secured
  • The information technology infrastructure must be robust, secure, and cutting edge
Vision Statement

The UCI Libraries provide vital leadership in UCI’s quest for increasing distinction as a premier research university. As the intellectual crossroads of the campus, the Libraries are essential to its academic life, and inspire members of UCI’s diverse community to discover, create, and contribute knowledge.


The Libraries proactively assist UCI’s students, faculty, and staff in fulfilling the education, scholarship, patient care, and research goals of the University.

We provide superior user-focused services, accurate and unbiased assistance, and easy-to- use access to outstanding research collections.

We deliver our services in physical spaces and online environments that are conducive to study, learning, and discovery.

We preserve our collections to ensure their availability for use and their survival as valuable cultural assets.

As a major information resource for UCI and its local community, we contribute to creating and sustaining a well-informed and educated society.

We enable our staff to excel and innovate in support of our mission.


We value our users, and we demonstrate that by our responsiveness to user needs, continuous improvement, strong teamwork, and open communication.

We value our talented, informed, and diverse staff for their excellent contributions to the development and delivery of innovative services, programs, and collections of outstanding quality.

We subscribe to campus-wide statements of values and principles of community and strive to uphold, incorporate, and exemplify these values in all our actions.


User-Focused Services

As leaders and partners in the educational mission of the University, we provide user-focused services that facilitate access to the information resources critical to learning, teaching, and research. In collaboration with educators on campus, we provide leadership in developing information literacy and outreach programs to foster lifelong learning skills.

  • Increase campus awareness of the information services provided by the Libraries through effective marketing strategies.
  • Develop a culture of assessment in which user feedback is continually solicited and applied to the ongoing development and enhancement of library services.
  • Apply the highest quality standards of customer service so that all interactions with users are professional, respectful, and rewarding.
  • Promote and develop the Libraries as centers for independent and collaborative learning, research, and creativity.
  • Provide easy access to online resources and physical collections through thoughtfully organized online tools and library spaces.
  • Enhance users’ access to global scholarship through resource sharing and collaboration with other libraries and organizations at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Expand the Libraries’ education and outreach efforts and collaborate with faculty to make information literacy instruction an integral part of all campus academic programs.

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Research Resources

We develop, deliver, and preserve the Libraries’ collection of significant and diverse research resources, in all formats, whether owned, shared, or accessed, that further the University’s goals. We recognize that our staff are valuable research resources due to their expertise and knowledge.

  • Select and provide effective access to research resources and global scholarship that support existing and emerging educational and research interests of the academic programs and centers.
  • Ensure long-term use and access to research resources of all types, such as print, online, multimedia, data sources, images, maps, and microforms.
  • Collaborate with other institutions within the UC system to create shared collections (both print and online) that minimize duplication of effort, preserve materials, and ensure that the greatest possible number of scholarly resources is accessible to our users.
  • Continually enhance management of digital resources so that they are easily accessible to users, with a focus on simplification and integration of user interfaces.
  • Adopt or develop discovery and authoring tools that will enable users to access, share, and transform content that results in new scholarly output.
  • Develop pilot projects that explore the UCI Libraries’ role in the creation, enhancement, publication, or distribution of new research content. Continue partnerships with faculty, students, staff, and colleagues within the UC system (UC campuses and California Digital Library) and beyond.
  • Continue to take a leadership role in campus, system-wide and national initiatives to support and improve scholarly communication for the benefit of the academy and society.

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Library as Place

We expand, maintain, and promote the Libraries’ facilities as the intellectual crossroads of UCI's learning and discovery environment. We provide an atmosphere that fosters the University’s goals.

  • Expand and renovate existing library space to meet the needs of 32,000 students by 2014/2015 and to maximize use of space for learning, teaching, collection expansion and preservation, and hosting events.
  • Create a welcoming, safe, and secure learning environment that improves accessibility to collections and services for all users.
  • Provide flexible space and comfortable furnishings that offer a variety of learning and study environments, both quiet and active, to support the needs of users.
  • Host events, both cultural and scholarly, that draw new users and feature the Library as an intellectual and social center of the campus.

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Information Technology

We provide information technology infrastructure and services that proactively support the robust and secure delivery of the Libraries’ resources and services to our users and seamlessly connect UCI to global scholarship. We promote the exploration of new and emerging technologies that benefit users and staff.

  • Promote short and long term coordination of information technology planning and communication to ensure uninterrupted operation of our information technology infrastructures.
  • Replace all hardware and software in a timely manner in keeping with changing needs, expectations, and standards.
  • Develop and maintain a robust, secure, scalable, and fault-tolerant infrastructure for applications, databases, and storage servers.
  • Collaborate with Campus IT to provide a robust wired and wireless network; userfriendly, secure authentication mechanisms; and tools for users to create, use, and experiment with digital learning resources and new scholarship.
  • Develop infrastructure, tools, and services to support the Libraries’ local digital initiatives. Collaborate within UC to develop digital tools and services.
  • Provide an information technology infrastructure that enables the efficient management of internal operations throughout the Libraries and that continues to emphasize superior customer service.

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Organizational Resources

We cultivate a dynamic environment that attracts, retains, and values highly competent and creative employees. We foster collaboration and consultation throughout the organization.

  • Hire and retain a well qualified, talented and diverse staff, compensated appropriately for their skills and knowledge.
  • Motivate staff by providing a positive and productive workplace where they feel empowered to provide excellent professional service to support the goals of the University and the Libraries.
  • Provide enriched training and professional development opportunities for all staff to enable them to provide excellent service.
  • Practice, promote, and reward effective communication and civility throughout the Libraries.
  • Assess workloads and workplace conditions in order to determine the staff resources required to fulfill the Libraries’ goals.
  • Enhance productivity and quality of work life by providing staff with ergonomic furnishings, state of the art technology, and appropriate and functional space.

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Financial Resources

We manage financial resources to support the attainment of the Libraries’ goals.

  • Develop appropriate financial plans.
  • Appropriate and reallocate existing resources.
  • Identify new sources of funding from both internal and external sources.
  • Provide accurate and meaningful financial information that allows us to assess, improve, and cost-effectively manage our funding.
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