Z Smith Reynolds Library’s previous strategic plan was put in place in 2007, in conjunction with the Wake Forest strategic plan. By 2011, all viable components of the plan had been accomplished. Our success in accomplishing this ambitious plan was affirmed when ZSR won the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award for 2011.
The 2011-2012 academic year brought change to Wake Forest as Provost Jill Tiefenthaler left and the search for her successor took place. Rather than mark time as we waited for a new Provost to arrive, we believed that it was important to continue to move forward. As the University prepared to embark on a new Capital Campaign, we realized the importance of continuing to position the Library to lead the transformational changes that are happening in higher education today. At the end of 2014, most of those priority items have been accomplished.
July 1, 2014 brought an unplanned change to Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Its Dean, Lynn Sutton, was invited to take on the role of Vice Provost of Wake Forest University. Again, ZSR Library wants to keep its forward momentum going, while recognizing that a new dean will want to set his/her own agenda. To that end, for FY15, the Library leadership team established this set of objectives that will build on the 2012-2014 priorities, keep the Library as the hub of campus intellectual life and prepare for the future Capital Campaign renovations. Above all, these are designed to keep the Library focused on its primary mission to help faculty, students and staff succeed.
2010 SPITI Report
In addition, the Strategic Planning Committee for Innovation in Technology and Information (SPITI), charged with investigating the importance of future advances in the fields of technology and information, has developed a plan to enable Wake Forest to take best advantage of them. The SPITI Final Report is available.