Research, Education, & Engagement
Mission and Overarching Goal
The University of Central Florida Libraries mission states, “By providing information resources and services, facilities and technology, the University of Central Florida Libraries supports learning and teaching, research, creation of knowledge, intellectual growth, and enrichment of the academic experience.” Research, Education, & Engagement works in close collaboration with other library units to support all aspects of the Libraries’ mission, but the main responsibility and focus of the division is the delivery of services related to the teaching and research functions of the institution. The division centered on the themes of Research, Education, and Engagement and includes the Curriculum Materials Center (housed in the Education Building), Research and Information Services, Scholarly Communication, and Teaching & Engagement.
The John C. Hitt Library was the first academic building constructed upon the institution’s founding and resides at the physical center of the main campus. As such, this iconic building is often thought of as the center of the institution. The overarching goal of Research, Education, & Engagement is to expand upon the building’s geographic “centrality” by proactively identifying, developing, and promoting library services to University constituents, and through these efforts move from being a teaching and research support unit to a fully integrated teaching and research partner. Division goals and projects are driven by the President’s Five Goals, the Provost’s Initiatives, and the University’s Strategic Plan.
SP 1: Automate the user experience, as warranted, by implementing strategic technologies that reflect the priorities of UCF while serving the broader scholarly community.
SP 2: Provide the best customer service possible and proactively monitor and respond to changing user behaviors and needs. Ensure that physical and virtual library spaces are designed to support student and faculty success.
SP 3: Cultivate strategic alliances across the University community by supporting campus collaborations that increase student learning and advance research conducted at the institution. (Priority entities include the College of Graduate Studies, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research and Commercialization, the Center for Distributed Learning, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Student Development and Enrollment Services.)
SP 4: Integrate Library services across all aspects and levels of the University’s teaching and research missions by aligning new and existing services to the needs of University administrative units, program faculty and students.
SP 5: Demonstrate value by rebranding the Library as a powerful resource for the University community and increasing awareness of its services.