Monday, January 13, 2014

Values and Priorities – Deciding How Best to Move Forward

How does an organization best position itself for the future?  How do we insure that our decisions remain true to who we are and what we believe in?  Those of us working in the University Libraries have recently spent some time coming to consensus on what our values are as a Library. Values represent our guiding principles: our broadest motivations, influencing the attitudes we hold and how we act.  Perhaps not surprisingly we came to pretty clear consensus, and the results are described here
To move forward, though, those values need to be reflected in our priorities in a difficult budget environment, and a list of those priorities is found here.
Readers may not always care too much about the details of things like our library systems, for example, but we hope that you will appreciate the care and effort that goes into the choices we make about which to use and how we prepare ourselves to use them to serve you better.  Over the coming days, we will post short stories about some of our priorities and why they matter, and we will share our thinking behind the choices we made that led us to adopt these priorities.
Dean Bazirjian also wanted to insure that our values and priorities were consciously linked, so we produced a chart for our own use and that of our university administration as a way of checking to make sure that the two were synchronized.  We hope you will find our thinking helpful in understanding where the University Libraries are going. (click on image below to enlarge it)

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