Strategic Directions

I am pleased to share the strategic directions for the Ohio State University Libraries: our collective purpose, aligned with the teaching, research, and engagement priorities set out in the university’s strategic plan — Time and Change — and designed to drive a new agile operating framework and participatory management structure.

Supporting the university’s strategic intent, we are committed to the academic success of our students; to advancing the teaching, research, and creative pursuits of our faculty; and to modeling operational excellence to increase our effectiveness and impact.

I invite you to learn more about the University Libraries’ strategic directions, focus areas, and initiatives on this website.


Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries

Promote equitable learning through transformative teaching, services, and employment

  • Teaching and learning effectiveness
  • Affordability and open educational resources
  • 21st century literacies
  • Educationally purposeful student employment

Advance innovative research and creative expression by fostering, preserving, and sharing knowledge and scholarship

  • Multidisciplinary scholarship and emerging research methods
  • New models for scholarly communication
  • Collaborative collection building and access
  • Leveraging distinctive collections for use
  • Pursue initiatives aligned with university priorities to promote a more engaged and better informed society

  • Underserved and at-risk communities
  • Campus and external partnerships
  • Cultural programming and outreach
  • Open content for expanded access
  • Center the user experience in services, planning, and decision making

  • Seamless discovery, access, and delivery
  • Exceptional service
  • Inspiring learning and work spaces
  • Iterative assessment and development
  • Develop the full potential of faculty, staff, and student employees

  • Recruitment, retention, and rewards
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Workforce development and organizational learning
  • Organization-wide culture of leadership, risk-taking, and accountability
  • Increase effectiveness to achieve strategic and operational objectives

  • Agile planning and operations
  • Communicating value to stakeholders
  • Organizational efficiency and impact
  • Fundraising for transformational change