Our Value, Our Offer, Our Future

The Library’s Strategic Plan for 2016-21, Our Library. Our Information Future, presents our current thinking and commitment to advancing ‘our library of the future’. In the last year we have undertaken a research project to look beyond our current Strategic Plan and reflect on the value of the University Library in the 21st Century and who benefits from what we offer, and to develop a view or views of the library of the future for the purpose of engaging with our university community and key partners.

The research project received ethical approval through the University of Sheffield ethics review procedure and included over 30 interviews and focus groups with senior academics, students, professional services and executive staff as well as a series of workshops with Library staff aimed at developing an understanding of our stakeholders’ vision of the future of learning, teaching and research at the University of Sheffield.

We have analysed and reflected upon these discussions and have begun to formulate a vision of the future of the University Library based on this and our understanding of the future of the institution. Over the coming months we are planning to share this vision with the university community and invite you to explore, challenge or endorse it.

If you have any questions or feedback about the project please complete the form below.

Project timeline
November 2018 Vision sharing with university community
July - October 2018 Data analysis
July 2018 Library staff consultation
March - June 2018 Interviews and focus groups with staff and students
November 2017 - March 2018 Research planning
October - November 2017 Literature review undertaken