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Library Strategic Directions Consultation

The University Librarian Invites the Concordia Community to Participate in the Library Strategic Directions Consultation
Guylaine Beaudry, University Librarian

This is a time of change for Concordia University Library. Academic libraries are embracing digital culture in all aspects of their mission: collections, services and space.  Major achievements do not happen by chance. Therefore, it is essential that we, as students, faculty, support staff, librarians, all members of the Concordia community, determine what kind of library we want and what we need to do to get there. This planning exercise is part of the Concordia University Strategic Directions process that started at the beginning of 2015. 

I invite all members of the Libraries’ team and the Concordia community in general to participate in the strategic directions consultation. Everyone has valuable ideas and comments to contribute as we determine the vision and the roadmap for the future of our Libraries. Join the discussion!

Please attend one of the consultation sessions listed below, and send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the Library's Strategic Directions Advisory Committee at

Guylaine Beaudry
University Librarian

Timeline of Library Strategic Directions Consultation

Date Event
April 1, 2015

What fundamental shifts do next-generation libraries (and universities) need to make?

Presentation by James Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University

Presentation slides

April 1, 2015

Presentation by James Neal to All Library Staff

Presentation slides

Storify event recap

April 14, 21, and 23, 2015

Focus Groups with Undergraduate Students 


  • How do you use the Library? 
  • What else could the library be doing to support your success? 
  • What do you see as future trends?
Summaries of discussions
Vanier Library:
Webster Library:
Thank you to Rosemary Reilly, Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, for facilitating these focus groups.
April 21, 2015

Open Session with Faculty


  • How well are we supporting your teaching and research activities? 
  • What can we improve? 
  • What are we not doing that we could be doing?
  • How can we better serve interdisciplinary needs and research?
  • What do you expect from the Library? 
  • How are you using the Library?

View the summary of the discussion

April 23, 2015

Focus Group with Graduate Students 


  • How do you use the library? 
  • How can the library assist you?
  • What do you see as future trends?
Summaries of discussion

Thank you to Rosemary Reilly, Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, for facilitating this focus group.

May 6 and 20, 2015 

Ideas Café Library Staff Sessions

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 
Loyola Campus

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
SGW Campus

Thank you to Rosemary Reilly, Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and her team for facilitating the Ideas Cafés.

June 3, 2015

All Staff Retreat: Identifying Main Directions

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  GN E. 104 (Grey Nuns)

Thank you to Rosemary Reilly, Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and her team for facilitating the Staff Retreat.

June 2015 University Strategic Directions Finalized and Approved
June 23, 2015

Draft of Library Strategic Directions

View the Strategic Directions: Themes
(draft version prepared by the Library Administration Team)

July - September 

Identification of  Goals for Each Strategic Direction

Library Umbrella Committees will plan and coordinate events to be announced. 

October 2015

Draft of Proposed Goals for Each Strategic Direction

Library All Staff Meetings for discussion of draft and feedback to be announced. The Concordia Community will be asked to comment and provide feedback on the Libraries' Draft Strategic Directions.

November – December 2015 Library Umbrella Committees Identified Objectives and Activities for Each Goal
December 11, 2015

Strategic Planning Consultation with Library Staff

Friday, December 11, 2015
9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
S-LB-322 Multifunctional Room

Staff feedback and LAT responses

January 2016

Library Strategic Directions Plan with Goals, Objectives and Activities Completed

Draft Version 0.11

Please send feedback to

March 2016  Inspiring Success: Concordia University Library Strategic Plan 2016/21

Concordia Libraries: Statistical Highlights

Below are highlights of the major services trends at Concordia Library. We invite you to explore them and to also view our interactive charts


We’ve put together a list of articles and reports that provide some thought-provoking ideas.

Libraries' Strategic Directions Advisory Committee

The Libraries' Strategic Directions Advisory Commitee is composed of:

  • Guylaine Beaudry
  • Sonia Poulin
  • Aline Sorel
  • Jared Wiercinski
We would love to hear from you. Please send us your comments, questions, or suggestions at
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