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As an organization, the Library is committed to employee growth and development. 2017 saw us continue our efforts in ongoing employee training, including again hosting our Leader in Residence program, adding a Researcher in Residence Program, organizing a second “Culture Crawl” day, and conducting an internal work preferences survey in preparation for appropriate staffing to support the opening of the Teaching and Learning Centre in 2018.
Most importantly, however, the Library launched and socialized its revitalized Mission, Vision, and Values (MVV), developed based on a consultation process with employees, stakeholders, and partners.
UBC Okanagan Library is an inclusive place, a service-focused team, and a nexus1 of scholarly engagement.
The words in the grey boxes are not part of our actual mission statement – they’re the values and phrases that resonated with UBC Okanagan Library employees and stakeholders in a combination of survey and focus group consultation that were conducted as we developed it. The proposed mission statement tries to capture their spirit in a format that’s brief and easy to understand.
1 Nexus: A bond, link, or junction; a means of connection between things or parts. A central point or point of convergence; a focus; a meeting-place. (Oxford English Dictionary, www.oed.com)
Lead by example. Empower by design.
As we crafted our vision, we realized that most of our constituents preferred something that was short but not too vague, abstract, or exclusive. We hope that our vision statement inspires with language that’s concise and active. Expressing that what we do is “by design” reflects our commitment to thoughtful, intentional, and strategic engagement and decision-making.
Our values define who we are as an organization and flow, in this diagram, from left to right, reflecting the evolution from foundational services, to partnerships and collaborations, to actions and attitudes we hope to encourage in those who work here. As an example, UBC Okanagan Library’s inclusivity is a foundation for collaboration that empowers library employees and users alike.
We look forward to these new perspectives and commitments forming the basis for a 2018 planning cycle, which we hope to initiate following the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan.