The ambitious vision executed over the span of the Future-Ready Library Strategy 2018-2021 has positioned the UOW Library for its next wave of development. Over the next three years, aspirations will be centred on what it means to be a thriving digital-first Library.
The Thriving Digital Library Strategy will be balanced with a focus on consolidation and optimisation of the refreshed digital environment and targeted innovation aligned to the UOW Collective Delivery Plan.
We will leverage the skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning in the maturing digital environment to enhance the design and delivery of services. We will strive to optimise the new tools, resources and analytics to create value for Library users in their quest for information and knowledge for learning, research and scholarship.
Our commitment to the success of staff and students of UOW is a hallmark of our culture – we really care about Library users and strive to understand their needs and expectations. Inclusion and equity initiatives, especially in the context of the digital environment, will drive our priorities and projects.
We will strengthen partnerships with our user communities for the development of increasingly open, personalised and human-centred services. We will draw upon our awareness, experience and learnings from the Jindaola program to build welcoming, inclusive and culturally safe (digital and physical) spaces. We will foster knowledge integrity through protocols for Aboriginal ways of knowing through services and collections underscored by the principles of respect, responsibility and reciprocity.
Over the past four years we have changed. We have transformed the digital environment and our ways of working in new environments. The user-experience informs and guides the development of services and experiences. We have fostered awareness and understanding of equity and diversity issues, challenges and opportunities. We are better at collaboration and partnerships. We have looked out for each other and celebrated progress, achievements and milestones.
This is a time for a refreshed vision, purpose and culture reflective of our learnings, experience and maturity – creating a new context for the Thriving Digital Library.