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  Introduction

Marquette University is an academic leader among Catholic Jesuit universities in the United States with an enduring mission centered on the four pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service. The university is known for its commitment to liberal education through a core of common studies that fosters learning grounded in critical thought and ethics and well-respected undergraduate and graduate colleges, schools and programs in communications, law, dentistry, nursing, engineering and the health sciences.

To fulfill its mission and leadership role in the Marquette University community, the Libraries prioritizes the delivery and creation of content and services "that focus on the needs of today and the possibilities of tomorrow." Given the Libraries' commitment to learning, scholarship, and intellectual discovery as essential to Catholic Jesuit higher learning, its strategic plan is an articulation of three interconnected ideas: Information, Integration, and Innovation.

Over the past five years, Raynor Memorial Libraries has significantly increased its e-resource acquisitions while simultaneously upgrading and enhancing library information technologies, such as through the creation of a "digital studio" for campus use. The Libraries' enhanced focus on digital curation has led to significant advances, including the creation of an institutional repository for faculty and student research and the digitization of unique collections. The Libraries has extended its services to accommodate the proliferation of mobile devices and applications, thereby expanding its ability to deliver information both within and beyond the walls of the library. The Libraries has also recast its image, evolving from a "study hall with books" to a dynamic learning environment that continues to offer space for individualized research. Given these and other changes in the landscape for providing the Marquette community with critical services and resources, the Libraries has engaged in meaningful restructuring to strengthen organizational capacity.

The strength of Raynor Memorial Libraries lies in its unwavering commitment to advancing "intellectual inquiry and discovery by connecting the Marquette community with information and knowledge." To accomplish this, Information, Integration, Innovation: the Strategic Plan for Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries is built on the foundation of six core values shared by library staff: Access, Excellence, Diversity, Collaboration, Integrity and Civility. Strategic priorities are drawn from a focus on collections, teaching and learning, engagement, and organizational development and effectiveness.



  Mission

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries advances intellectual inquiry and discovery by connecting the Marquette community with information and knowledge.



  Vision

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries leads in the delivery and creation of content and services that focus on the needs of today and the possibilities of tomorrow. We envision the future to anticipate and meet the information needs of a prestigious university. We are committed to cultivating a center for engagement that fosters learning, scholarship, and intellectual discovery, all of which are key components of a Catholic, Jesuit education.



  Values

Access  We value open and unrestricted access to our materials, programs, and services to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Excellence  We value excellence in all we do, promoting the highest standards and exceeding expectations.

Diversity  We value an inclusive environment that respects the viewpoints and perspectives of the global community.

Integrity  We value and demonstrate the principles of fairness, justice, honesty and equality.

Collaboration  We value partnerships that build cooperative programs and enhance scholarship.

Civility  We value and demonstrate courtesy, understanding and respect for each other.



  Strategic Priorities

Collections


Facilitate access to information resources that support the full range of curricular and research needs of the Marquette community.

Success in learning and discovery requires breadth and depth of information content combined with robust discovery and delivery tools. Raynor Memorial Libraries will partner with faculty and students to actively identify and assess resources most relevant to the campus mission, while serving as responsible stewards of the Libraries' and University's resources. Changing models of scholarly communication demand that the Libraries play a key role in promoting and advocating for proactive policy development that provides for enduring and open access to information that leads to the free exchange of ideas.

  • Optimize discovery and awareness of our resources
  • Steward resources wisely for the acquisition and preservation of collections
  • Assess and evaluate the Libraries' resources to determine their effectiveness in meeting the needs of our community
  • Engage with campus stakeholders to assure awareness of and encourage support for changing models of scholarly communication
  • Increase the Libraries' capacity to acquire and access information resources in all formats

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Teaching and Learning


Develop services that improve the user experience and transform student learning.

Raynor Memorial Libraries plays a critical role in the student learning experience on campus. By providing essential information literacy instruction to individuals and courses, the Libraries will enhance the ability of students, staff, and faculty to understand and use information effectively. Through the use of multiple strategies, we seek to educate, advocate and promote the Library's value.

  • Seek new opportunities to collaborate on research and teaching
  • Develop and support information-literate learners who can discover, access, and use information
  • Use current and emerging technologies to deliver information and services to our users
  • Enhance campus awareness of library services, programs, facilities and resources

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Engagement


Advance the Libraries' role in enhancing the learning environment of the campus and community.

Raynor Memorial Libraries is uniquely positioned to support the education goals of the entire university community. By creating virtual and physical spaces where students and faculty can collaborate and learn together across disciplines, we elevate the intellectual life on campus and in the community. We strengthen our role as leaders through initiatives designed to advance teaching, research, and inquiry in the University's colleges, academic departments, and other campus units. In addition, the Libraries are positioned to be integral and essential to the global community of scholars and learners, who seek out our services, collections, and expertise.

  • Align priorities with University initiatives and goals
  • Partner with faculty to transform the intellectual life of students by connecting them to knowledge and each other
  • Contribute to the professional and intellectual life at Marquette University by developing and collaborating on programs, exhibits, and lectures
  • Increase opportunities for community engagement

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Organizational Development and Effectiveness


Foster an environment of continuous learning and organizational development that is responsive to the Libraries' mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives. Raynor Memorial Libraries is committed to creating an environment of excellence in its organizational functions in support of evolving user expectations and technological advancements and to remain a vital organization within the University. Organizational development is a key component in ensuring the Libraries' capacity to respond to internal and external challenges and to sustain success over time. Continuous training and development of staff are essential for organizational effectiveness.

  • Assess and improve the Libraries' organizational structure and effectiveness
  • Attract and retain staff who embrace the Libraries' mission, vision and values and contribute to strategic initiatives
  • Provide opportunities for staff to develop the skills and professional competencies necessary to employ best practices, explore experimental approaches and leverage emerging technologies

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