HLLR Strategic Plan 2010-2014

Mandate Statement

HLLR’s mandate is:

  • to advocate on behalf of students for the best possible college library services and resources,
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of issues, trends, and concerns related to the field of learning resources in Ontario Colleges,
  • to promote professional collaboration and development within our libraries / learning resource centres, and
  • to collect and publish data that will support our advocacy and professional leadership goals.


Current environment

The current fiscal situation has constrained many of the libraries’ efforts to improve services and extend resources while they experience increased numbers of students to support.  This has particularly been the case for those with new academic curriculums including bachelor’s degree programs.  



Each of the HLLR libraries participated in a planning exercise in 2009 to identify what they saw as the highest priority needs for their individual libraries and the HLLR consortium. The strategic directions, strategies and timelines that follow are the outcome of that meeting.  Each college library in the consortium had the opportunity to participate and contribute to the plan from the needs of their own particular library in addition to the broader perspective of the HLLR.  

The strategic directions identify the broad areas of concern for HLLR over the next 3 years (2010-2014). 

The strategies/strategic initiatives provide indications of directions HLLR will begin to implement to achieve these initiatives.  As progress is made on various strategies, new strategies may be developed or current ones adapted to meet the evolving needs of the group.

HLLR is a member-driven organization and as such it falls to all members to actively contribute their time and expertise in making the plan a reality.  With leadership and guidance from the Executive, the members will work through committees and task forces as well as collaborate with partners like OCLS, etc. to achieve its goals.   


Strategic Initiatives for HLLR

Following are the strategic directions and initiatives that will be the primary focus for the HLLR consortium over the next three years.  The goal is to provide the college system with library services that are future-focused, collaborative and responsive to the needs of all stakeholders.

1. Access

The impending impact of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is of serious concern for the libraries.  How well each member library is able to cope may vary widely. 

a)    Monitor best practices and explore opportunities for a collaborative approach to meet the library specific requirements of the AODA.

2. Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy

Work and communicate as the recognized representative body and voice for Ontario college libraries.

a)    Continue to work closely with the CCVPS to advocate for funding a strong library system within the colleges.

b)    Liaise with OCUL & other provincial library systems to adapt best practices, share in research and consult on initiatives that may have provincial implications.

c)    Facilitate and expand the development of in-person & virtual library staff interest groups (i.e. copyright, instruction)

d)    Establish an annual meeting to encourage each library to share their successes and new initiatives/projects.


3. Quality           

Collect and publish data that will support our advocacy and professional leadership goals.

a)    Continue efforts to collect appropriate library statistics and benchmark quality measures/indicators for assessment and planning purposes.  (i.e. staffing, hours of operation, facilities, resources, and services).

4. Collections & Information Literacy

Expand the availability of content for the libraries while controlling costs.

a)    Create shared resources to be used system wide for information literacy, video streaming & other emerging needs throughout the college system.

b)    Create a collaborative information literacy program which include online instructional modules to instruct students on the use of various digital resources. (camtasias & video clips to be created once and available for use by all)


5. Services and Technology

Explore the development and use of library services built on next-generation standards and technology.

a)    Identify and implement (1 to 2) new collaborative projects to improve college library services in response to evolving role of academic libraries, new technologies, changes in academic delivery.

b)    Investigate services and infrastructure options for development of a College Portal to digital resources.

Revised: September 25, 2013

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