My last two posts have detailed the new mission and vision of the McGraw-Page Library, as well as the values and priorities that guide our decision-making. This month’s post will outline Strategic Areas 1 and 2. Next month will wrap up this series with a focus on Strategic Areas 3-5.
Library staff have met to discuss the timeline of when we want to accomplish these tasks over the next five years, and have also assigned an individual who is responsible for ensuring that progress is being made on these goals. The Library is working to develop an assessment plan, which, when done, will work with our strategic plan to ensure we are making appropriate progress.
As with any strategic plan, these goals are based on our understanding of our current environment. The specific objectives or goals may change if conditions (e.g., staffing, building, budget) change significantly.
Our Strategic Areas, Goals, and Objectives
I. Improve the user’s experience of the library.
- Align library resources to the current needs of the curriculum and the student body
- Complete weeding of the library’s collections
- Improve the findability of library resources
- Review signage for accuracy and update as necessary
- Ensure resources can be found where expected (e.g., Subject Guides, Discovery)
- Review the library website and update or redesign as necessary
- Improve the look and functionality of the library’s physical and virtual space
- Work toward and advocate for significant renovation of the library space
- Review and replace worn furniture
- Review physical space and identify immediate needs
- Develop a style guide for print and electronic library-produced materials
- Assess the user’s experience
- Develop and adopt a tool evaluating space usage
- Identify students’ space needs
II. Enhance information and technological literacy across campus.
- Map current instructional efforts
- Develop and promote an information literacy plan for R-MC
- Identify courses where information literacy instruction would be advantageous (e.g., One essential, required course per major?)
- Develop strategic relationships with faculty with the goal of being invited to teach in those classes
- Assess research skills of students
- Develop and implement a technological/digital literacy plan for R-MC
- Participate in curriculum review conversations