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UWM Libraries Strategic Plan 2017-2020: Home

UWM Libraries Strategic Plan 2017-2020

This plan is based on and aligned with the strategic goals of the university as an outstanding and nationally recognized public, urban research institution with commitments to both access and research excellence. Through this plan, the Libraries commit to charting its future directions around goals of student success, research excellence, financial sustainability, and organizational effectiveness.

Strategic Goals

Student Success

Support student learning, retention, graduation, and career readiness by providing evidence-based information literacy instruction and educational resources. Mentor graduate students and early-career professionals.

Research Excellence

Support the university’s research goals by providing access to resources, stewarding unique digital content and historical collections, participating in activities designed to create change in scholarly communication and track the university’s research outputs, and positioning the Libraries as a hub for research support services.

Financial Sustainability

Effectively communicate the core value of the Libraries to inspire and raise private support of $5 million dollars by 2020 from individuals and foundations for the Libraries’ campaign priorities as defined in the campaign prospectus. Priorities are: collection resources, Research Commons capital project, acquisition, preservation and digitization of unique collections, student internships and residencies, research fellowships, endowed directorship, and community outreach support. 

Organizational Effectiveness

Enable a highly effective and flexible library staff by creating collaborative growth opportunities in a rapidly and changing staff and resource constrained environment.


UWM Libraries Mission and Vision


The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries advance the campus mission of teaching, learning, research and service by providing scholarly resources and services. We facilitate the discovery and exchange of ideas, and the creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge. The Libraries help develop information-competent users and connect our community of users with information and knowledge to succeed in a diverse society.


The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries are a future-oriented organization with the resources to:

  • Expand access to an increasing wealth of materials critical for learning and research;

  • Offer outstanding user-centered service;

  • Provide collaborative and flexible environments where faculty and students create and learn;

  • Expand its role as an academic partner in the intellectual life of the University;

  • Provide leadership and expertise in fostering new modes for scholarly communication.