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STRATEGIC STATEMENT

CUNY Libraries provide a network of resources to support the largest urban public university in the country. CUNY library faculty and staff contribute in essential ways to students’ academic success and lifelong learning skills. CUNY Libraries support faculty in crafting research assignments and classroom-based instruction; curating Open Educational Resources (OER); advising on open scholarship, authors’ rights, and scholarly publishing; as well as making CUNY scholarship public for greater impact around the world. Librarians support students and faculty in developing research practices, discovering resources, and coordinating access to research materials locally and globally. The Libraries’ scholarly communications initiatives expand the discoverability of faculty research and raise the profile of CUNY scholarship.

CUNY Libraries sponsor collaborative, efficient acquisition of journals, books, and archival resources used by the entire CUNY community. Librarians facilitate discovery of CUNY resources through management of discovery tools, application of metadata, and continuance of library networks and consortia.

CUNY Libraries are proactive partners in the University strategic plan, Connected CUNY. CUNY Libraries are committed to assessing impact and value on all campuses, responding to the evolving needs of all CUNY stakeholders.

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Open Educational Resources reduce costs to students, easing access to coursework and facilitating degree completion.

Successes

  • Launched in 2016, the Zero Textbook Cost Degree and state-funded CUNY OER grant initiatives launched scalable efforts to advance pedagogy and enliven the curriculum with course-supporting materials that are cost-free for students.
  • Robust, curated learning materials are openly accessible on the CUNY institutional repository (Academic Works), significantly increasing affordability and access to education.

Opportunities

  • CUNY and SUNY will collaboratively develop a statewide OER portal, extending economic advantages and leveling opportunity across institutions.
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Information literacy is fundamental to student-based contextual assessment, negotiation, learning, and knowledge creation.

Successes

  • Face-to-face and virtual information literacy instruction enable students to comprehend context-based information needs and critically evaluate what is necessary to address those needs.
  • Embedding information resources and consultation in collaborative learning environments promotes greater student success and satisfaction.

Opportunities

  • Continuous improvement in instructional assessment will demonstrate greater student success and satisfaction.