University Libraries Strategic Plan, 2006-2008
Educational Experience: Student Success
Goal 1. Improve information literacy skills.
- Sponsor at least one major campus engagement event.
- Incorporate new instruction labs and their enhanced technology into the libraries’ instruction program.
- Advocate for central funding of citation management software.
- Work with curriculum planning groups from other units.
- Develop and teach credit courses on information resources.
- Teach course-specific sessions on request.
- Teach sessions to community groups on request.
- Conduct faculty workshops on topics of interest.
- Conduct information literacy assessments.
- Attendees at campus engagement events are satisfied with the event.
- At least one new instructional lab is fully operational.
- Number of participants in instruction sessions or tutorials increases.
- Number of course-specific and upper division instruction sessions taught increases.
- Faculty and students are satisfied with the libraries’ instruction program and the instructors.
- Students have a positive impression of the libraries’ contribution to their academic success.
- Students have a positive impression of their ability to make future use of skills learned from using the library.
- Students indicate that use of the libraries increases their engagement with the campus.
- Campus decision is made on centralized purchase of citation management software.
Goal 2: Offer library services that respond to users’ needs.
- Assist users with the transition to changes in libraries’ facilities and service points.
- Improve access to computers.
- Explore performance standards for interlibrary loan and document delivery.
- Explore use of Blackboard for delivery of library services.
- Respond to research assistance requests.
- Redesign top level web page to facilitate navigation and enhance content.
- Implement and maintain technology that improves access to resources.
- Increase awareness of libraries’ information services, instruction opportunities and document delivery services.
- Increase awareness of the libraries’ liaison program.
- Conduct usability studies on the libraries web pages and online resources.
- Create additional opportunities for user feedback on services.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with reference services.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with the web site.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with online access to resources.
- Version 1 of MetaLib is implemented.
- SFX is customized based on user feedback.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with Interlibrary Loan services.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with e-reserves.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with the computers in the libraries.
- Students and faculty find what they need on our web site or know whom to call for assistance when they don't.
- Faculty indicate they know at least one person in the libraries to contact if they have a question or concern.
GOAL 3: Create and enhance library spaces that meet user needs.
- Complete Ekstrom construction project.
- Complete Kersey integration project.
- Plan a post-occupancy evaluation.
- Begin at least one renovation project.
- Establish new service points in new/renovated spaces.
- Sponsor/host special exhibits.
- Provide opportunities for user input on use of library spaces.
- Increase awareness of library facilities.
- Ekstrom construction is completed and all service points in the new wing are open to the public.
- Offices are moved to new locations.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with the libraries public spaces.
- Use of library buildings increases.
- Post-occupancy evaluation is drafted.
- Libraries receive positive feedback about exhibits.
Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities
Goal 4: Select and provide access to information resources that support the ongoing research needs of users.
- Integrate Kersey collections.
- Load selected collections into the Robotic Retrieval System (RRS).
- Develop a digitization program.
- Review monograph approval plans.
- Review journal holdings, standing orders and database subscriptions.
- Review collections budget allocations.
- Implement technology that will enhance access to the collections.
- Review the binding program.
- Add 40,000 volumes.
- Add at least 10 new archival collections.
- Preserve existing collections.
- Manage the university’s records retention program.
- Conduct collection assessments.
- Increase awareness of the collections.
- Provide opportunities for user input.
- Collections from Kersey are moved to new location by the beginning of the 2006 fall semester.
- 150,000 volumes are relocated to the RRS by December 2006.
- Collections budget is balanced.
- Students and faculty are satisfied with the collections.
- Circulation transactions increase.
- Database and e-journal usage statistics increase.
- Online catalog usage increases.
- Number of volumes added meets or exceeds 40,000.
- Digital Initiatives librarian is hired.
- Shared set of metadata standards are implemented.
- Number of electronic theses/dissertations (ETDs) in the existing repository increases.
- Content DM system is set up for testing and initial data entry.
- At least 15 collections are placed in the MetaArchive.
- Number of bindery errors is reduced.
- OCLC collection analysis report of unique titles in the Ekstrom and Art libraries is made and distributed.
- Loading of electronic resources into the link resolver (SFX ) and the resource discover system (MetaLib) is completed.
Goal 5: Foster a campus-wide understanding of scholarly communication (SC).
- Sponsor an SC event.
- Further develop the SC web pages.
- Develop a plan for campus conversations on SC issues.
- Provide guidance on copyright issues to campus community.
- Review licensing agreements for electronic resources.
- Raise awareness of SC issues.
- Attendees at SC event provide positive feedback on the event.
- Traffic to web pages increases.
- Campus conversation is completed and reviewed by the Administrative Coordinating Committee (ACC).
- Handouts and other educational tools are widely distributed.
- Endowed chairs involvement on campus committees increases.
Accessibility, Diversity, Equity and Communication
Goal 6: Create an organizational climate in the libraries that fosters respect for diversity.
- Conduct a diversity climate survey.
- Increase the number of minority applications in candidate pools for library faculty positions.
- Sponsor at least one public event designed to highlight diversity.
- Sponsor at least one exhibit designed to highlight diversity.
- Increase awareness of libraries resources that support diversity research.
- Revise web pages with enhanced accessibility.
- Increase awareness of employment opportunities in the libraries and the benefits.
- Provide mentoring for minority employees.
- Provide diversity training within the libraries.
- Sponsor employment opportunities for minority students.
- Provide specialized services for users with disabilities.
- Minority applicants in 2006 faculty pools increase over previous averages.
- Diversity climate survey is completed and baseline results are recorded, analyzed and distributed.
- Diversity event is held and evaluated.
- Diversity exhibit is held and evaluated.
- Use of the following databases increases:
- African American News
- Contemporary Women’s Issues
- Ethnic Newswatch
- Gerritson Collection
- History Universe
- Hispanic American Periodicals Index
- North American Women’s Letters and Diaries
- A cross-section of libraries faculty and staff are satisfied with their employment in the libraries.
Partnerships and Collaboration
Goal 7: Establish, develop and maintain strategic alliances in support of the libraries’ goals.
- Apply for at least one grant to support a partnership with area businesses.
- Initiate at least one outreach program.
- Create at least one new advisory board.
- Collaborate on sponsoring at least one conference.
- Maintain relationships with the medical community.
- Maintain consortial relationships.
- Build community awareness of collections and services.
- Grant application is completed for business partnership idea.
- Number of partnerships and collaborations increase.
- Number of advisory boards increases.
- At least one jointly-sponsored conference is held.
- Press coverage of the libraries increases.
Instituional Effectiveness of Programs and Services
Goal 8 : Enhance the libraries’ organizational effectiveness.
- Hire outstanding faculty and staff to fill vacant lines.
- Review organizational staffing needs.
- Evaluate the effectives of organizational changes made in 2005.
- Support continuing education.
- Increase the number of minority faculty and staff.
- Increase external funding.
- Develop appropriate policies and procedures.
- Vacant lines are successfully filled with highly qualified faculty and staff.
- Assessment of the organizational changes is conducted and analyzed.
- Funding for faculty and staff continuing education increases.
- At least three, quality in-house continuing education programs are offered.
- Libraries faculty and staff are satisfied with their employment in the libraries.
- Employee profile reflects more diversity.
Goal 9: Provide the technical infrastructure necessary to support the libraries’ mission.
- Upgrade servers to Active Directory.
- Implement Voice Over IP (VOIP).
- Identify software or write programs that enhance services.
- Implement servers or other hardware that enhance services.
- Equip new spaces.
- Maintain public and staff workstations in good working order.
- Continue ongoing replacement/upgrade program of existing workstations.
- Continue participation in Microsoft Campus Agreement.
- Implementation projects are completed within established timeframes.
- All new equipment purchased is installed within established timeframes.
- Hardware maintenance occurs within established timeframes.
- Software upgrades are made within established timeframes.
Approved April 12, 2006