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Gumberg Library Strategic Plan: Welcome


Gumberg Library will elevate student and faculty success and enhance the reputation of Duquesne University.


Gumberg Library empowers Duquesne’s pursuit of scholarly and creative achievement, intellectual exploration, and service to our community.

Strategic Priorities for Academic Year 2017-18      

1. Teaching and Learning: Gumberg Library will contribute to student success through innovative instruction and faculty partnerships that focus on learners as critical and creative thinkers and knowledge producers.

1.1 Develop opportunities for intellectual exploration that inspire learning and the life of the mind beyond the traditional course of study.

1.2 Integrate library teaching, learning and assessment throughout the curriculum addressing the diversity of student learning styles and course modalities.

2. Library Spaces: Gumberg Library will offer collaborative virtual and physical spaces that inspire research and learning.

2.1 Create a masterplan to develop comfortable spaces that address the diverse learning and study needs of the student population.

2.2 Reorganize and create new service points and staff spaces in order to better support learning and facilitate access to frequently used services, spaces, collections.

3. Access to Information: Gumberg Library will provide an expert level of service that enhances the discoverability of information and connects users to needed resources.

3.1 Develop a functional, responsive and beautiful web presence for the library.

3.2 Develop innovative methods to provide access to information to support the changing needs of campus community.

4. Special Collections: Gumberg Library will develop and preserve rare and unique primary sources and specialized collections curated by experts.

4.1 Identify unique collections and materials for acquisition, particularly those reflecting the University mission or related to existing collection areas. 

4.2 Develop a strategy for expanding the oral history program including developing an advisory board, increasing interdisciplinary activities, and developing an Oral History Institute.

4.3 Make digital collections more accessible through a variety of discovery tools.

4.4 Develop a digital preservation strategy for resources collected or created by the Library.

5. Research and Scholarship: Gumberg Library will participate in original research and publishing efforts, make the scholarly activity of Duquesne accessible, and enhance the scholarly impact of the university.

5.1 Increase library faculty authorship of articles in peer reviewed library journals and co-authorship of publications with school faculty.

5.2 Propose a campus-wide conversation about open educational resources and open textbooks in support of student learning and debt relief.

5.3 Develop and market expert services in support of specialized and emerging research and scholarly trends.

6. Engagement in Community: Gumberg Library will collaborate with campus and regional communities to create meaningful activities.

6.1 Develop mission-related community outreach programs, both on campus and in the local region.

6.2 Develop and participate in community engaged research, incorporating a library component into existing projects.