Letter from Director Carol Jenkins about HSL's Strategic Plan
Greetings from the Health Sciences Library,
I am pleased and honored to introduce you to our Library's new strategic plan. This is, indeed, both an exciting and a challenging time in our history. With new leadership at home and in the nation, we are optimistic that our Library will continue to play a vital role in connecting people everywhere with knowledge to improve health. In fact, you'll begin to see us use this phrase more often. It encompasses the breadth and depth of our vision for HSL, and as part of our strategic planning process we made it our 'tagline!'
The Library's new strategic plan will guide us over the next five years, as we continue to evolve as a digital library serving an increasingly diverse and dispersed clientele. With an overall vision of becoming a global health information leader, we will explore and expand upon such roles as
- building web-based health resource collections for groups of students and faculty in Africa, China, and other locations around the world;
- helping health care providers at patient care sites inside and outside North Carolina use technologies like videoconferencing to work collaboratively;
- demonstrating to individuals and community groups how to find reliable information on the web to help answer health questions.
- targeting information and assistance to the particular needs of students, faculty, scientists, clinicians, and people in communities anywhere.
We will pursue our transformation from a print-based library to a digital library by assuring that the health and scholarly information you need is readily available in the fastest, most convenient way possible. Often this is at your desktop, laptop, cell phone or other mobile device. It may be in the Library, at the bus stop, in the lab, classroom, or hospital. While such access should be easy for you, our users, it requires constant vigilance on our part. And it signals the dramatic change that is occurring in library work.
Our plan calls upon us to continue on a path of innovation, charting new ways to connect you to the information you need to succeed in your various roles. It addresses changes we glimpse on the horizon that will affect how we support the university's core mission of teaching, research, and service.
Thank you for your interest in our shared future.