Strategic Priorities

The CARLI 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN outlines our organization’s aspirations and defines our understanding of the consortium’s focus. I am grateful to all who have contributed to the development of this plan, including the CARLI Board of Directors and member library staff. Writing the plan was tremendously positive for the organization; the process allowed us to take time to discuss priorities and expectations, challenges and accomplishments, and to set our sights on how we would like CARLI to look in the future.

Anne Craig
CARLI Senior Director
September 1, 2018​

CARLI 2020 Priorities/Goals/Actions

CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan

Ensure adequate, secure, and stable funding for CARLI

  • Evaluate impact of the state budget on member libraries
  • Define alternative funding formulas
  • Prioritize CARLI services
  • Explore opportunities to collaborate

Enhance collaboration among libraries by identifying, nurturing, and supporting services and programs that can best be provided at scale

  • Provide mechanisms for collaboration; identify model initiatives
  • Identify new scalable and replicable services
  • Leverage CARLI committees to evaluate services 

Provide resources/services/tools for discovering and optimizing information resources and collections

  • Support members by focusing on the superior functioning of services
  • Facilitate and strengthen connections between member libraries
  • Leverage expertise of member libraries
  • Seek grants that fund innovation and new services

Establish and communicate the value proposition for academic and research libraries in Illinois

  • Connect member programs to student retention and completion
  • Document CARLI’s value

Encourage innovation in skills, services, programs, and all aspects of CARLI libraries

  • Encourage member libraries to think innovatively about serving students and faculty
  • Connect institutions that have similar needs by providing opportunities for collaboration

Revised, September 18, 2018