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Strategic Directions Initiative for Sacred Heart University Library

Listening, thinking, & planning together

Strategic Directions: Listening, Thinking, and Planning Together

Update, May 2017: Draft documents can be found under the "Readings" tab on the left, as well as a few additional documents on cumulative impact, what makes work meaningful, and the Ithaka S+R survey of library directors 2016 (release April 2017).

The Library has initiated a one-year Strategic Directions process that seeks to articulate the highest-level aspirations of our organization. The Strategic Directions process will engage all members of the Library staff and the broader Sacred Heart University community in considering the ways in which the Library can leverage our strengths and potentials to enrich the intellectual life of the University and to advance the mission of the institution. Our Strategic Directions will build upon shared goals and past accomplishments of the Library and will align closely with University-wide priorities. Our Strategic Directions will set high-level goals, serve as touchstones for ongoing decision-making and guides for committing resources to those strategic efforts and initiatives that will have the greatest impact.


About Strategic Directions Initiative

The Strategic Directions process is a signature initiative of Gavin Ferriby as University Librarian. Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rupendra Paliwal is the executive sponsor of the process and will appoint a cross-disciplinary faculty committee to work with the Library throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, engaging in substantive conversations to help inform the Library future directions.

The Strategic Directions process will take place over the course of a year.

Engaging the Sacred Heart University community

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year we will engage directly with our students, faculty, the library staff, colleagues and key collaborators to listen, think and plan a future-focused direction together. We are working to ensure that everyone from the Library and the Sacred Heart University  community who wish to participate in this process will have meaningful ways to do so.

Within the Library, we will sponsor ongoing opportunities for all staff to participate in the process including open discussion sessions, de-brief meetings, all-staff gatherings, and other discussion forums. Sacred Heart University groups will also be active participants and will include:

The Provost's Advisory Committee on the Library, to be named

Additional Colleagues:

  • Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D. Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs
  • Funda Alp, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Sally Ferri, Director of Finance-Academic Affairs
  • Peter Gavin Ferriby, Ph.D., University Librarian
  • Jaya Kannan, Ph.D., Director of Digital Learning
  • Steven Michels, Ph.D., Director of University Assessment
  • Dona Perrone, University Registrar
  • Ardiana Sula, Ph.D., Director of the Jandrisevits Learning Center
  • Stefanie Poulos, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs

The Student Government


You can follow the Strategic Directions Initiative process on these pages.  The Library welcomes feedback via e-mail addressed either to or Gavin Ferriby, or via Campus Mail.