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The Director’s View

By Paul Ayris, on 7 November 2016

Library Operational Plan and headline budget 2017-2020

Every year, the Library is required to submit into UCL its Operational Plan for the next academic year and its budget requests for Strategic Initiatives Funding (SIF). Accompanying this is a set of financial projections and an overview of the Library’s strategic plan up to 2020.

Bartlett Library, Central House

UCL Bartlett Library, Central House

Today, Andy Pow and I have submitted these documents on behalf of UCL Library Services. The documentation can be seen as Library Planning 2017-20 FINAL submission 08 11 16 with Opening Hours bid for LibNet. It is 29pp long and has taken 2 months to put together…

The strategic priorities which the Operational Plan identifies are taken from the Library Strategy and the underpinning Implementation Plans. These are all grounded in the objectives of UCL 2034.

The result is an Operational Plan for the Library which is founded in the strategic objectives of the institution. It takes account of all the work which colleagues in the Library undertake every day, and also identifies strategic new areas where the Library wants to make a contribution.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all colleagues in the Library for their unfailing contributions to the high regard in which the Library is held across UCL. And my special thanks to the Senior Management Team and to the Leadership Team, for their support and guidance as the Library develops.

So, the Operating Plan has been submitted. Andy and I have still to defend it and to advocate for more resources in forthcoming meetings with senior UCL Officers. Whilst I am cautiously optimistic, we await the final result.

Paul Ayris

Director of UCL Library Services

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