The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Strategic Directions 2019-2021

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As a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and beyond, the Libraries foster a diverse, inclusive, and user-centered environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the skills necessary for critical thinking.

This strategic plan moves the library forward in its mission, in support of the University's strategic plan. At the core of our efforts is our commitment to organizational excellence. We are committed to promoting and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization; to fostering, acknowledging, and rewarding innovation; to supporting continuing and professional education; and promoting meaningful assessment for decision-making.  

Our Values

Collaborations & Partnerships   Diversity & Inclusion   Innovation & Creativity

Openness & Transparency   Sustainability & Stewardship





Build Diverse and Impactful Partnerships

Engage our community with open inquiry, mutual respect, and inclusiveness

Work with campus partners to advance teaching, learning, and research

Cultivate external relationships to support strategic priorities

Develop collaborative initiatives that advance diversity, inclusion, and freedom of expression

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Enable Student Success

Provide a student-centered research and learning experience

Promote active learning, critical thinking, and digital literacy skills

Create flexible and engaging spaces that inspire student learning

Support emerging pedagogies in the global digital environment


Advance Research and Scholarship

Actively support all aspects of the research process

Invest in and support distinctive collections

Support new modes of scholarly inquiry and communication

Foster engagement around scholarly impact

Explore collection strategies that support open scholarship

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