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Newsletter: Dean's Introduction, Dec 2021


by Jennifer Nutefall, Dean of Libraries
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Jennifer Nutefall, Dean of Libraries

With the return to an on-campus experience this academic year, it has been wonderful for me to see the university and Libraries come to life with students. I am so pleased that with the return to campus has also come a return to our events and programming.

This past academic year the University Libraries undertook a strategic planning process. Over the course of seven months a task force consisting of librarians and staff from the University Libraries, along with a faculty and student representative, and led by a facilitator, created new mission, vision, and values statements and a new strategic plan. The 2021-2024 strategic plan for the Libraries focuses on four broad priority areas to integrate us into the communities we serve and to strengthen our staff, collections, and spaces.

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Foster teaching and holistic programming to the campus and community
  2. Strengthen scholarship, creative works, teaching, and learning through responsive collections
  3. Develop and engage libraries employees as a community
  4. Transform libraries learning spaces and environments

A goal within priority one is to engage with the Northern Colorado community. As part of that goal we have re-envisioned how we are using the Mari Michener Gallery, with a focus on amplifying issues of cultural, historical, or artistic significance and celebrating the voices of UNC students, faculty, and staff. Librarian Rachel Dineen and Library Technician Kate Johnson write in this issue about our vision for the gallery and our first exhibit, the return of El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado.

I look forward to updating you on our progress as we work to achieve our vision to be vital partners in transforming the lives of each of our students.

Have a wonderful holiday season.