Advancing
University Research

Libraries are evolving from print-based repositories to new structures with physical and digital collections as well as physical and virtual presences. As researchers and partners in creating new knowledge to be shared with the world, we provide strong academic research collections in both traditional and digital formats, and help our patrons access shared collections internationally. The world of scholarly communication is changing and the products of research are becoming more diverse, thus we will invest in new collaborations that strengthen our ability to acquire and manage critical research materials needed by our community of scholars.

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Goal 1

The Libraries will provide scholarly collections and services needed for cross-disciplinary research by undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers.

Action Item

Supporting Strategies

  • Create a “communities of practice” research services model that crosses organizational boundaries and provides deeper support for interdisciplinary research and emerging researcher needs.
  • Heighten awareness of university priorities and strategic directions, including expansion of services for STEM fields by developing a multi-campus service approach.
  • Enable undergraduates, graduates, and faculty to publish in a variety of forms appropriate for their work, through collaborations with the Penn State Press and academic programs.

Goal 2

The Libraries will maximize the array of research materials available to the Penn State community by broadening the concept of what constitutes “collecting” and by promoting new forms of scholarly communication.

Action Item

Supporting Strategies

  • Foster the use of digital repositories where researchers may search for the products of scholarship as well as contribute their own research outputs.
  • Work toward coordination of collection strengths with peer institutions in the interest of a sustainable set of information resources for the nation.
  • Develop shared technology infrastructure with peer institutions that supports research dissemination and re-use nationally and internationally.