Environmental Scan Report

In summer 2014, Ryerson University Library, embarked on an environmental scan to inform its strategic planning process. The Strategic Planning Working Group (SPWG) adapted the collaborative approach taken by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus Library, in which committees made up of librarians and library technicians explored various environmental factors, based loosely on the STEP framework. The factors examined at RULA were:

  • Social-Cultural Factors
  • Technological Factors
  • Economic-Political Factors
  • Peer Libraries Factors

Examining peer groups is not a traditional component of the STEP framework, but the SPWG felt it was an important element to cover, so the political and economic factors were merged to create the peer libraries factor. This factor was an exploration of Ryerson University Library’s standing against several key Ontario library peers.

The full Ryerson University Library’s Environmental Scan Report is available for reading.