Strategic Directions

Where are we headed? How will we get there?

Updated Spring 2024

Strategic Direction 1: Enhance the Student Experience

Rationale: The E. H. Little Library serves as an inclusive learning community for students to collaborate, explore, experiment, and grow as researchers, creators, and scholars. In order to provide the best experience possible for our students, we strive to better understand how students experience the library’s spaces, resources, programs, and services—and then actively use this information to guide our work and diversify our programming. In line with Davidson’s strong tradition of providing high-impact learning opportunities, we cultivate a holistic student workforce program and strengthen partnerships across campus. 


Strategic Direction 2: Expand Access

Rationale: We are most proud of how our expertise, programming, and resources intersect with and support the college’s strategic priorities, especially those of access and social justice. Library staff play an important role in expanding the global impact of traditional scholarship, stewarding born-digital materials, supporting digital scholarship, and advocating for equitable and sustainable access to information​.


Strategic Direction 3: Support a Diverse Workforce

Rationale: We are dedicated to supporting the professional well-being, growth, and engagement of every team member. Understanding that we are stronger together, we work with campus and consortial partners to expand opportunities for professional development. Recognizing the expertise of our workforce is not always visible, we create ways to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of our library staff and student employees. 


Strategic Direction 4: Collaborate and Connect

Rationale: As 21st-century research, teaching, and learning practices continue to evolve, so do the ways we create richer teaching and learning experiences for our faculty and students. To reflect the diversity of Davidson experiences, we collaborate on projects investigating and acknowledging the college’s history and encourage dialogue through library programming. Shared resource collaboratives provide opportunities to expand access, discovery, and use of scholarly resources.


Strategic Direction 5: Strengthen Organizational Resilience

Rationale: Our response to the pandemic demonstrated how agile and resilient we can be as a high-performing organization, but also highlighted areas within our infrastructure that need strengthening. We will put in place the infrastructure necessary to sustain a high standard of organizational excellence. 


Strategic Direction 6: Make Way for the Library of the Future

Rationale: The Library of the Future is now. We need to work together to tackle large-scale collections projects; develop service plans, policies, and programming; reimagine our models of service in alignment with LOTF aspirations; and develop sustainable structures, processes, programming, and policies needed for organizational success.