LSE Library: vision and strategy
Our MISSION is to provide the best possible Library Services to LSE and our wider user communities.
Library Services British Library of Political and Economic Science LSE LIBRARY VISION STRATEGY Our MISSION is to provide the best possible Library Services to LSE and our wider user communities being mindful of our origins as the British Library of Political and Economic Science. We believe that a good Library Service is all about people, the people we provide services to and the people who provide those services. Our VISION is to be: The STRATEGY to achieve our Vision has seven priorities: Ensure that our services have a clear institutional fit for LSE and are aligned with the School’s strategy. • Contribute to the School’s research environment by developing our information repository services to support new forms of scholarly communication and enable the School to manage, disseminate and preserve these intellectual assets. • Contribute to enhancing the academic experience of students by providing ready access to teaching content, focusing on the development of services to personal mobile devices. • Engage with professional colleagues around the world to exchange experience and influence the development of modern academic library services. Build partnerships with the School and the wider public who use the Library to ensure that our services are dynamic, relevant and useful. • Actively review our collection policies with academics so that we provide access to materials which meet their research and teaching needs. • Work collaboratively with academic and service departments to deliver digital and information literacy training for students. • Work with colleagues across the School to develop opportunities to use the Library and its services in support of widening participation in higher education. Build and preserve distinctive collections to support research and learning, and represent a record of thought in the social sciences. • Develop our digital library so that we are able to acquire, preserve and provide access to digital collections which match the strength of our print collections. • Monitor and manage the growth in electronic publication in the social sciences, and acquire new materials according to the E-first collection policy. • Concentrate on seeking additions to our archives and special collections which enhance our ability to make a unique contribution to support for the social sciences. Work to enhance the experience of using the Library space. • Carry out research with our student users to increase our understanding of how they want to use Library space so that we can work with the School to maximise its effectiveness. • Integrate content, technologies and expertise to provide a “commons” where researchers from different disciplines can work effectively, either individually or in groups. • Work collaboratively with School departments which deliver services within the Library space to improve provision and raise satisfaction levels amongst students. Take an innovative approach to service delivery with a focus on quality and value. • Provide people with information and services in ways which suit their personal preferences. • Monitor opinions of the quality of our services and benchmark our performance with research libraries internationally. • Review our organisational structure to increase our capacity for experimentation, whilst maintaining our ability to deliver existing services to a high standard of quality. Improve work practices across the Library and ensure that our staff have the skills needed for our progress in the digital world. • Review and evaluate activities and stop them when they cease to have value for our members, thereby creating space for new services. • Actively manage staff training and continued professional development by identifying future needs and potential skills gaps. • Enhance teamwork at all levels of the Library, with staff who are engaged and managed positively. Promote effective communication between the Library and all its users wherever they may be. • Realise the full potential of all means of communication including our website to support service delivery and communication with our users. • Listen, act upon and respond promptly to the feedback and advice of LSE staff and students, working actively with them on LSE Committees. • Seek support for projects and initiatives which will enhance our ability to pursue our Vision for the BLPES. 14 July 2011. Library Leadership Team