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Chris Shaffer
Chris is an open science advocate and serves as University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management. Contact him to discuss the vision, strategic plan, and services of the UCSF Library.

Announcing Our Strategic Plan 2022-2026

We are very excited to share a new strategic plan that will shape the UCSF Library in the next five years. Over the past year, we conducted numerous interviews with campus and community groups and individuals. The landscape of academic health sciences and scholarly communications is changing rapidly. Your information and feedback was invaluable in developing a plan to meet the evolving needs of the Library’s varied constituency.

Guided by the UCSF mission of Advancing Health Worldwide, the UCSF Library connects people to stimulate inclusive learning, advance scientific inquiry, and enable open access to historical and current health sciences information resources. We will be a catalyst for discovery, learning, healing, and innovation that connects our partners and community for the benefit of humankind. In this work, our values are our touchstone: deliver equitable and inclusive service, nurture connection, foster collaboration, advance learning, inspire innovation, and embrace UCSF’s PRIDE Values.

Our goals will help us achieve our four strategic initiatives:

  • Innovative Technologies — Dynamic and collaborative research and learning experiences through expertise, tools, and platforms.
  • Library as Educators — Expertise and resources to build knowledge and skills in key areas of education, research, and clinical care.
  • Discovery and Access to Current and Historical Resources — Expertise, tools, and collections that provide access and navigation guidance through the changing landscapes of scholarly research, including rare, unique, and historical materials.
  • Learning Community and Cultural Environment — Open and accessible environments that invite curiosity, collaboration, and innovation.

You can review the entire UCSF Library Strategic Plan 2022-2026 on our web site, where we will track and report on our progress to hold ourselves accountable.

The UCSF Library’s future is driven by connection and collaboration. We hope you will see yourselves as partners, advocates, stakeholders, and beneficiaries of these efforts. We are committed to using our strategic plan as a lens to focus our strengths and amplify the services we offer. As always, we welcome your feedback.

The Library Leadership Team

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor
Polina Ilieva, Associate University Librarian for Collections and University Archivist
Micquel Little, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
Rich Trott, Director of Technology Strategy and S