The University of Cincinnati Libraries Annual Progress Report, 2020-2021

Looking back as we plan our NEXT Directions.

This year’s Annual Progress Report covers July 2020 through June 2021. It was an exceptionally complicated time, during which we entered the second year of the pandemic, developed and adopted new digital resources to support remote learning and remote research and prepared for the transition back to campus for the 2021 fall semester.

In these unprecedented times, library faculty and staff continuously found ways to transform and elevate library services by bringing their experience, talents and dedication to the forefront so as to continue to fulfill our mission to “empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.”

This year’s report covers how we delivered services and resources while navigating the pandemic, but it also celebrates our numerous accomplishments and highlights from the past academic year, spotlights the achievements of our faculty and staff and provides usage stats and financial information.

As we continue to explore the new landscape created over the last two years, we are planning a path forward by reviewing and revising our current Strategic Plan into an updated Strategic Framework, which will be announced in spring 2022. We are discerning areas where our expertise, services and collaborations can best be put to use as we pursue our vision to be “the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university – positioning ourselves as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.”

Happy reading.