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Home About 2017-2018 Strategic Planning

2017-2018 Strategic Planning

Case Statement Image with Students and library


The NDSU Libraries staff have come together to better articulate clear and compelling statements of purpose. Staff members collectively drafted and critiqued official messages that accurately convey who we are, what we value, and where we’re going. We developed new Mission, Vision and Tagline statements to summize our purpose.

Mission: NDSU Libraries energize and advance research, teaching, and learning in an evolving information environment.

Vision: NDSU Libraries: Growing a vibrant learning and research ecosystem by connecting to the local and global communities.

Tagline: Cultivating inquiry and curiosity

To further develop our direction and to give these statements some footing, we identified 5 core areas the Libraries can focus on to help fulfill our mission to the NDSU campus. The acronym "SPACE" was created to illustrate how we plan on getting there. To learn more about our plans for each area of focus, check the sections below for more information. As we move along the process, we will continually update this page.

Download the full Libraries Case Statement

Read the 2017 Libraries' Annual Report

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"Great universities require excellent library resources. I believe a quality library is a crucial element in providing a foundation for lifelong learning and in supporting the skills needed to thrive in a global world."
            — Mary Lou Shott, NDSU Alum 


Students are the focus of our services, spaces, and resources.

  • Secure innovative and collaborative space for students to conduct research and study to enable them to excel in their programs and become lifelong learners.
  • Donations or an endowment will provide more students with meaningful employment in a supportive, academic environment and help offset the cost of education while developing valuable workplace experience and promoting retention.



Partnerships cultivate relationships with individuals, departments, organizations, and businesses to advocate for and invest in mutual interests.

  • We need specialized space for collaborative services with our partners to expand learning opportunities for students.
  • Donor support will provide funding for space and technological enhancements.
  • Partnerships expand our audience, outreach, and campus and community involvement through invested relationships.



Academic success is supported through instruction, consultations, and tech-rich spaces.

  • Enhancements and expansions will provide active learning spaces for instruction, studying, and research.
  • Funding support will offer sustainability for our 3D printing services; computers in group study rooms; and a new help desk.
  • Creating an endowed position for a two-year visiting instruction librarian.
  • Improved access to our physical and digital resources will enhance support for researchers


Collections are vital to supporting the teaching, learning, and research needs of NDSU and the greater community.

  • We need continuous funding for digital and physical collections.
  • We seek financial backing for a new library facility that combines academic and special collections.
  • Improved space efficiency with compact shelving or an automated book retrieval system, and high-tech scanning equipment to digitize collections.
  • Funding for staff to digitize, process, and manage collections.



Engagement with the community created through innovative programming, sponsoring events, and showcasing our collections and services.

  • A new auditorium space is essential for library instruction, lecture series, and other programming.
  • A new gallery space could exhibit student research and collections belonging to The Libraries, NDSU departments, and partners.
  • Financial support will allow:
    • Opportunities to present at professional conferences and meetings.
    • Unique programming.
    • Extending library services to NDSU Extension offices and the greater community.
    • Mobile technologies to enhance outreach experiences and promote active learning.

Previous Support, Studies and Plans

2012 Faculty Senate Funding Recommendations

Documents relating to Faculty Senate activity from 2012. Recognizing how critical Library resources are to NDSU's land-grant mission and the alarming rate of decline in funding, the Faculty Senate Library Committee presented their findings to the broader Faculty Senate body. In response, the Faculty Senate authored a resolution calling for, among other things, NDSU Administration to develop a strategy to bring the Libraries' holdings and database access to the average level of (parity with) NDSU's IPED peers. Below are two documents related to those efforts. 


2007 Feasibility Study

As Libraries evolve their mission and services, the space and facility needs will also change. Recognizing the need to re-invent and modernize, the NDSU Libraries commissioned a feasability study in 2007 from the architecture firm MSR.


The Northern Plains Cultural Center

In 1996, a vision for a new cultural arts center at North Dakota State University was developed. The task force developed a two-part proposal.

The first phase describes the task force's consensus about the mission, guiding principles, practical applications, and physical nature of the facility.

The second phase of the proposal specifies in greater detail such aspects as site options, suggested floor plan, square footage, estimated costs, administrative structure, and funding sources.

The primary mission of the Northern Plains Cultural Center at NDSU is to collect, document, study, preserve, exhibit, and interpret materials associated with the diverse cultures of the northern plains. The Cultural Center, as it celebrates the contributions of many peoples to the common good, serves to expose the public to the cultural riches of this complex region.


Last updated: 7/24/2018