This is a transformative era in academic libraries and in the history of Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives (RULA). We have grown through stages of supporting an increasingly diverse undergraduate population, to broadening our scope to serve graduate students in a comprehensive university. We are now expanding our role as a research library, underpinning the SRC agenda of the university community. As the Ryerson community has grown, so has the Library to support it.
We have been nimble in refining collections, services and space to anticipate and respond to changing needs. But the sheer growth in FTE and comprehensiveness of programs mean that we must take major steps in the next five years to weave RULA into the fabric of the academic agenda. Just as a successful university Library must be aligned with the academic mission of the university, this strategic plan outlines how RULA will be fundamentally engaged in that mission as expressed in Shaping Our Future: Academic Plan for 2008-2013.
At Ryerson, we have been moving steadily to create a balance of collections, access, and space for human interaction and self reliance, in an approach both physical and virtual, all in support of learning, teaching, and SRC. RULA’s continued success is predicated on creating a user-focused learning environment, where one can undertake a journey of several destinations in the course of a day, an hour, or an online minute. We have an exciting and dynamic five years ahead as we continue to build on our success.
Complete plan: Building on Success: Strategic Plan 2009-2013
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