The Modified Plan: 2016-2017

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Library Goal #1: Partner across the disciplines to deliver innovative instruction that empowers students to engage with, integrate, create, and transform knowledge through the use of library resources and collections.

Objective: Develop instruction, learning objects and resources that are easy to discover and incorporate into the learning management system and other delivery systems for teaching and learning.

Action items:

  1. Develop lib guides for available digitized content relevant to teaching and learning.
  2. Provide opportunities for MIS/CS students to collaboratively work with us to respond to small scale programming and content needs more quickly.

Library Goal #2: Develop and maintain dynamic and flexible physical and virtual spaces that meet the needs of our campus, informed by higher education and technological advances.

Objective: Create a web presence that allows users to engage with library services, spaces, and data in innovative ways.

Action items:

  1. Effectively assess web-based services via usability studies to inform modification of our web delivery to better meet the needs of users.
  2. Work as a development partner in the FOLIO project, and develop services and modules to assist the FOLIO Project reach its international partnership goals.
  3. Develop methods and procedures to provide online access to restricted special collections content.

Objective: Improve user experience with web interfaces and platforms, with special attention to accessibility issues for users with disabilities.

Action items:

  1. Test accessibility of online special collections materials and devise solutions to provide appropriate accessibility.

Library Goal #3: Support and engage in the research lifecycle across campus through the development of relevant resources and services.

Objective: Provide leadership and support in the creation and use of digital scholarship, including data mining, visualization, digital humanities, and rights management.

Action items:

  1. Assess available digital library delivery systems against the requirements and features list, incorporating costs and resources, to inform intelligent decisions.
  2. Develop methods to track rights information for restricted content in order to ensure open access as soon as it is possible to do so.
  3. Support digital humanities projects via metadata support and guidance, and data mining services as needed.
  4. Investigate methods to improve accessibility and usability of digital content for researchers, and implement if possible

Objective: Collect, preserve, and promote campus scholarship by capturing scholarly output in an Institutional Repository.

Action items:

  1. Transform and upload ETDs into the institutional repository, and support persistent URL redirection
  2. Provide guidance and facilitation of metadata and rights implementation

Objective: Expand and promote high quality resources and collections that support curricular and research needs, including data sets.

Action items:

  1. Digitize high quality content selected by archivists, describe effectively to enable retrieval, and provide online access
  2. Develop visualizations of available online digital content to engage researchers in searching our database
  3. Develop browse interfaces, site maps and microdata encoding of metadata to increase SEO so content will be easily found via the web
  4. Support effective, efficient digital preservation of digitized content and data sets as needed, to ensure long term access and protect our investment
  5. Develop workflows for intake and management of digital content in special collections and archives
  6. Develop workflows for outsourcing conservation and digitization of critical content which cannot be effectively conserved and digitized in-house

Objective: Expand data management services as funded research expands on campus.

Action items:

  1. Provide outreach metadata services to meet the needs of researchers on campus

Library Goal #4: Re-envision the way we provide space and services for technology tools. Develop, enhance, and sustain a skilled and engaged workforce that can succeed in a changing environment and provide excellent experiences for library users.

Objective: Promote better communication across the libraries via formal and informal gatherings to share information.

Action items:

  1. Provide public reporting to UALIB on efforts and progress in Metadata & Digital Services
  2. Provide an annual open house within the library, to inform attendees about what we do and why it's important.

Objective: Provide professional development and training opportunities to improve skill sets of library employees.

Action items:

  1. Continue to evolve Workshop Wednesdays
  2. Continue regular training and cross-training within Metadata & Digital Services

Library Goal #5: Support a diverse and inclusive environment by providing resources, services, and spaces that promote the varied needs of the faculty, staff, and student body.

Objective: Explore new opportunities for public programs and partnerships.

Action items:

  1. Engage with language departments to promote translation and transcription of foreign-language content, as this will improve findability
  2. Engage with targeted communities to promote tagging and transcription of content related to their interests, as this will improve findability

Objective: Curate exhibits/programs/events that are of interest to a broader community.

Action items:

  1. Develop blog posts and promotional pages for content of interest to the broader community