From Planning to Action

As another great semester at the University of Houston Libraries winds down, we are looking ahead to the new year and a new phase in our organization. We have recently announced team rosters to accomplish the first wave of projects for our Strategic Plan, and I am so pleased that our librarians and staff members enthusiastically volunteered to work on activities outside of their core duties. It will take the entire library to ensure that we achieve our goals for the benefit of our students, faculty, and researchers.

The Strategic Plan Implementation Executive Team has been steadily working behind the scenes to propel our initiatives. This group has accomplished much since its inception in July by establishing a new modality in strategic planning and organization. The group comprises leaders within the Libraries, many of whom also served on the Strategic Planning Team, who are charged with identifying priorities, balancing opportunities, and serving as an advisory entity for the various project and planning teams that will be activated at various points over the next five years. The Implementation Team is an innovation driver that complements our enduring organizational structure, bringing agile and smart transformation without disruption to the essential services and resources we provide for UH and the scholarly community.

There is so much energy and excitement on campus. Our students remain the focus of all of our efforts, and I am so pleased to see our library positively buzzing with excitement. We recently hosted the fabulous Finals Mania, our twice-yearly tradition of serving a late-night pancake breakfast to those who are diligently studying for exams, as well as Paws and Relax, the popular stress-free event that brings therapy dogs into the library for a fun break from studies.

Paws and Relax December 2016
Paws and Relax December 2016

Our vision is a community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship. I am incredibly excited that we are all moving forward as one to achieve this vision.

On behalf of all of my colleagues at UH Libraries, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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