Biodiversity Heritage Library

STRATEGIC PLAN: 2015-2017

Vision

Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.

Mission (from Bylaws, Appendix I)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

Value Statements

Stewardship

BHL must be trustworthy, reliable and accountable to its users, sponsors, members and partners. We operate with transparency and adhere to the highest ethical standards to ensure this trust and to ensure access to BHL digital content now and into the future.

Service

The BHL serves the world of biodiversity researchers and those interested in biodiversity through aggregation and stewardship of the digital files and through improving discoverability and user interfaces and increasing opportunities for research and interpretation.

Engagement

By engaging with user communities across the globe the BHL will support discovery

and innovative uses of open access biodiversity information to facilitate dialogue about scientific issues within social and cultural contexts.

 

International Workings

Working across institutional and political boundaries, the BHL engages with partners across the globe in building content, repatriating literature, supporting partners, innovative approaches to long- term capacity building and sustainability of this global resource, harmonising content and rights issues.

 

Inspiration

The BHL stimulates curiosity about nature and culture, inspiring people to learn, explore, and better understand their role and impact in this world.

Leadership

The BHL aspires to leadership in the realms of digital libraries, collaboration, and open access for biodiversity literature.

Goal 1: Relevant Content

Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and other original materials

Develop a collection of relevant publications by ...

Add original material and archival sources by ...

Explore and understand the scope of biodiversity literature by …

Goal 2: Tools and Services
Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content

Ensure clear priorities and leadership for technical infrastructure and direction by …

Improve the BHL user experience by ...

Encourage the reuse of BHL content by …

Goal 3: User Engagement

Increase global awareness about the BHL and biodiversity issues through outreach, learning and education, branding, and collaboration with existing and new user communities.

Increase Awareness about BHL and Grow our Audience by...

Keep Audiences Informed about Project Developments and Services by...

Foster Dialogue among Audiences about Biodiversity Topics and BHL Collections by...

Goal 4: Membership and Partnerships

Grow BHL consortia membership and partnerships while fostering cross-institutional collaboration that continues to serve as a model for digital library development

Increase consortia institutional membership of BHL by ...

Grow relations with other biodiversity projects by ...

Goal 5: Mission Enabling

Ensure our success through increased financial strength, effective administrative support, and organizational excellence

Establish the financial sustainability and security of the BHL by …

Maintain effective administrative support and organizational excellence by ...

Maintain role of center for excellence in digital libraries by…

Adopted 23 July 2015