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The Master Plan

 The Master Plan for Renewal of The National Library of Israel 2010-2016

The Master Plan presents guidelines for the renewal of The National Library of Israel during the years 2010-2016. At the end of this period, the Library is slated to move to a new building. The plan describes the goals and objectives that must be achieved in order to arrive at the new building with commensurate personnel, collections, services, processes and information systems for realizing the vision of the renewed Library and fully exploiting its potential.
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Objectives for 2010-2016

​The following goals set out the principal directions of activity for the coming years, which are geared towards ensuring a successful transition to the Library’s new premises. Realization of these objectives requires a high level of organisational cooperation. Each of the following chapters elaborates a specific goal:

​•​​ ​Collection development:
​To significantly develop the collections in the Library’s specialty areas with respect to quantity, quality and suitability to the needs of diverse target audiences
​​​•​​ ​Research and reference services:
​To serve a constantly growing audience of users within the general public and scholarly community in Israel and the world by providing state of-the-art, useroriented research and reference services and to encourage research activity by organisations and individuals based on the Library’s holdings
​​•​​ ​Cultural and educational centre:
​To act as a national centre of culture and education utilizing the Library’s holdings and to offer a full range of activities with the inauguration of the new building
​​•​​ ​Digital library:
​To develop a broad-based digital library to supply users with online content and services and to serve as a central provider of digital information in the areas of Judaica and Israel
​​•​​ ​Collaborative relationships:
​To establish reciprocal agreements with local and international libraries and other cultural, educational and heritage institutions and with IT companies to significantly and consistently increase the scope of the material that can be accessed by users and enrich the educational and cultural activities of the Library
​​•​​ ​Work processes:
​To improve and streamline internal work processes required to develop and document the collections
​​•​​ ​Collection preservation:
​To serve as a ‘trusted repository’1 for Jewish and Israeli cultural works of all generations and strata, and to preserve and restore the Library’s treasures in keeping with international standards
​​•​​ Adaptation:
​To adapt the organisational structure, administrative style, staff and work processes to the needs and objectives of the Library
​​•​​ ​Integration of technology:
​To act as an advanced, technology-driven organisation that utilizes the latest innovative information technology
​​•​​ ​Public standing and legal status:
​To solidify the status of the Library in the public mind as the leading cultural heritage institution, and to update the legal framework within which it functions
​​•​​ ​Financial sustainability:
​To ensure the Library’s long-term financial sustainability by securing Government and University funding of the annual operating budget, establishing a fundraising infrastructure and developing income-generating services
​​•​​ ​New building construction:
​To construct new premises for the Library that will include a main building and a storage facility capable of serving the anticipated long-term needs of the Library
​​•​​ ​Ongoing activity in the current building:
​To enable activity of the Library in the existing premises to continue while realizing the Library’s goals for renewal and ensuring the integrity of the collections