We have identified four overarching priorities to be the focus on our energies and efforts during the period of this plan.
Priority 1: Reaching global and diverse audiences
The Gardens, Libraries and Museums already experience large numbers of national and international visitors, including families, school parties, researchers and scholars. Digital technology can be exploited to make more of the collections accessible and provide new ways of exploring and connecting knowledge, engaging and having fun with the collections, not just for those who visit in person but for global audiences as well. This opens up the potential for a significant expansion of the reach of the collections across the world.
Priority 2: Excellent in the care, curation and scholarship of the unique University of Oxford collections
The collections of the Gardens, Libraries and Museums span the entire history of the planet and reach across the globe to encompass all areas of human knowledge and experience. Excellence in research, teaching and public access to the collections is dependent upon their care and curation, and on the knowledge and scholarship within GLAM. This includes the preservation, storage, presentation and the provision of access to the collections, together with the skills and intellectual capacity for understanding, interpretation and development.
Priority 3: Partnership and collaboration in the development of the GLAM community
Collaboration enables us to leverage the strengths of the individual units of GLAM to create a more powerful platform for the support of interdisciplinary research, the expansion of teaching capacity and the development of student skills. We can better exploit existing activities and investments through more effective partnership and coordination.
This partnership approach can be developed to include departments and colleges within Oxford; and also to encompass collaborations with academics in other institutions so that our collections become central to their teaching and research which will, in turn, increase the visibility of the collections.
Priority 4: Sustainability and resilience
In the present economic environment there are a number of areas of risk to the individual departments within the GLAM division. Public funding is under threat and so it is becoming increasingly important to ensure sustainability of income.
At the same time the departments within GLAM are suffering from a lack of investment in key aspects of staffing, infrastructure and support services that leaves elements of their service provision at risk. Underpinning this Strategic Plan is the need to develop the resilience of services across the division. Through developing endowment funds, increasing commercial income and by the effective management of resources we will mitigate financial risks and build a sustainable financial model for the future.