Strategic Direction and Goals
To achieve our vision of being a global liberal arts college for the 21st century, Middlebury College needs from LIS the following:
● technology-enhanced spaces for teaching, learning, and inquiry
● infrastructure designed for a population distributed across the globe
● powerful, secure, and easy-to-use platforms for collaboration and communication
● support for a wide-array of devices that connect to this infrastructure
● access to collections that support inquiry in a broad range of disciplines
● sophisticated consulting services that provide leadership and guidance in how all of the above can support the ambitions of the College
Pedagogy, inquiry, and scholarly communications are all changing rapidly. As a community, we must stay current with emerging trends, and provide opportunity and support for innovation and experimentation, and develop mechanisms for allowing the diffusion and adoption of successful innovations across the institution.
On the administrative front, we similarly need to consider how we can use technology to be more efficient,
improve communication, and use data in our decision-making, planning, and assessment efforts.
To do this, we must build partnerships with individual faculty and staff, departments, and programs to support existing efforts, and to help imagine and put into place technology-supported improvements at all levels: the course, the major, the curriculum, and the program. To that end, we must ensure that technology and library services are considered both operationally and strategically during the formation of new programs, and the re-imagination of existing programs.
Based on these broad needs, we have established five major areas of focus to help organize our efforts in the coming years. Focusing on these five areas will provide a shared framework for us to prioritize our efforts, and to connect our efforts to what the College needs from us in the coming months and years.