Goals and Objectives
Strategic Plan Menu
Western Washington University’s 2018-2024 goals and objectives address the following four themes: academic excellence, place, Western community, and social justice and equity. To advance the goals of WWU, Western Libraries aims to integrate these four themes throughout its goals and objectives. For more information on how each goal aligns with Western’s strategic plan, please see the Appendix.
To create an efficient, respectful, and empowered workforce, develop a culture that acknowledges the organization’s shortcomings and visibly and publicly shares the strategies, action steps, and progress in addressing inequity.
- Identify and evaluate systemic barriers to employee equity, participation, and success among Libraries personnel, and reduce or eliminate these barriers.
- Research, develop, and implement model practices to improve the recruitment and retention of a diversity of student employees, staff, faculty, and administrators.
- Create policies and standards that support sustainable organizational infrastructure and service models, and promote collaboration, efficiency, and accountability across the Libraries and University-wide.
Ensure the development, sustainability, and accessibility of Libraries collections to support Western’s academic mission and institutional goals.
- Pursue strategic curation and data-informed decisions in support of long-term development, preservation, management of, and access to Libraries collections.
- Actively develop and provide stewardship for Libraries collections in ways that value and promote respectful engagement with diverse abilities and perspectives, advance understandings of social justice issues, honor indigenous peoples, and preserve and document Western's place in our community, region, and the world.
- Expand and increase access to local and unique collections that foster a deeper understanding of and engagement with the region and its communities.
Lead, collaborate in, and provide optimal educational experiences that foster innovative teaching, scholarship, research, and creative activity.
- Collaborate with students from historically underrepresented groups to co-create environments and educational experiences that support inclusive excellence.
- Implement sequenced curricula in multiple modalities for students at the various stages of their education in order to support the development of inquiry, agency, collaboration, and integrated literacies (e.g. reading, research, writing, speaking, listening).
- Develop specialized tools, resources, and collections that facilitate high impact teaching, learning, and research, enhancing critical thinking skills and engaged citizenship.
Engage more effectively with users and stakeholders to better understand and support their needs, and increase the visibility and impact of Libraries spaces, services, and collections.
- Leverage integrated communication strategies that articulate the Libraries impact, services, and collections.
- Develop facilities, collections, and events that foster a collaborative university climate that welcomes and affirms the diversity of individuals, groups, cultures, and ideas.
- Provide barrier-free spaces, services, and programmatic endeavors that enhance engagement with and support of local, regional, and global communities.
- Increase engagement with and support of the university, local, and regional communities through deliberate and impactful partnerships.