Strategic Directions

Finalized in Spring 2017 and updated in the Fall of 2023, this strategic plan guides the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press in planning, decision-making and resource allocation. The four Strategic Directions were shaped by a dynamic process that included environmental scans of selected comparator institution libraries, focus groups with stakeholders and broad input from staff. The strategic plan is an aspirational and living document that articulates an agenda aligned with the strategic directions of the University and the needs of the community we serve. As such, this plan will be updated every few years to ensure our work and efforts remain relevant and forward thinking.


The Library, Museums and Press inspires the intellectual, scholarly and creative achievement of University and global communities with expert staff, excellent service, dynamic learning spaces and access to diverse collections and information resources.


The Library, Museums and Press is the intellectual and interdisciplinary hub of the University. We partner with the University of Delaware community and beyond for scholarly and creative endeavors and support the University’s efforts to have a positive impact on the community and offer innovative solutions to global problems.


The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press contributes to a community that nurtures intellectual curiosity and free inquiry, where everyone is empowered to learn and flourish, in alignment with the University of Delaware Values. These values ground our strategic and operational decisions and inform the way we develop personnel, spaces, collections, services, and programs.

Our values in action:

  1. We provide a welcoming environment that is open to all in accordance with UD Library, Museums and Press policies.
  2. We provide equitable service to our diverse community of users, and in doing so we recognize, value and embrace the uniqueness of each individual.
  3. We promote an atmosphere of respect and civility as an essential part of strengthening our connection to our communities.
  4. We embrace intercultural competence as articulated in our diversity statement.
  5. We preserve, disseminate, and provide equitable access to knowledge in a variety of forms.
  6. We assist users in the creation of a wide range of scholarly materials, encouraging excellence and innovation, and supporting student success.
  7. We foster lifelong learning aimed at supporting an informed and engaged citizenry.
  8. We support rigorous scholarship and critical thinking by embracing the core professional values of librarianship, academic museum practice, and university press publishing, including intellectual freedom, inclusion, privacy of users, and social responsibility.

In accordance with these practices, the UD Library, Museums and Press operates with transparency and accountability. We recognize the dignity of all people in public and private discourse, and engage in dialogue that builds trust and fosters collaboration. Thus, we value and cultivate the free exchange of ideas, and condemn speech or action that threatens the physical or psychological safety of any member of our community.


Each of the Library, Museums and Press’s strategic directions rests upon the interconnected foundations of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility; organizational effectiveness; continual assessment of the experience of our users and visitors and effective, internal collaboration amongst our staff. To provide superior services to our community, none of these foundational principles can be successful without the others.

  1. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

    The Library, Museums and Press celebrates the diversity of our community by recognizing and working intentionally to address the impact of historical and contemporary structural inequities. We welcome and respect the contributions of all, so we develop equitable, inclusive and accessible services to foster those contributions.

  2. Organizational Effectiveness

    An effective, thriving organization requires a well supported staff, empowered with the knowledge and resources needed to fulfill its mission and goals. We cultivate an inclusive work environment that supports staff engagement, values input from all employees, and uses assessment and data analysis to drive decision-making, organizational development and responsible resource allocation.

  3. User Experience

    Our community of users is our top priority. With that in mind, the UD Library, Museums and Press develops services, spaces, collections and resources that will ignite creativity, foster learning and collaboration, and enhance discovery. Through continual and routine assessment, we identify the needs of the communities we serve and evaluate our activities and services to plan for future improvements.

  4. Internal Collaboration

    The University Library, the University Museums and the University Press each focus on different elements of the scholarship, creativity and culture created and presented at the University. By taking a holistic approach to internal collaboration, we are better equipped to effectively harness the expertise and shared resources of our staff in order to successfully support the communities we serve.