Goal 1: Space and space planning: Complete the Art in Olin move and associated changes, and work with Construction Services to evaluate public, collection, office and work spaces in the libraries and develop a space plan that maximizes flexibility, excellent service and access.
- Art in Olin: Completing the move of the collections and offices.
- Space evaluation and planning, as part of library external review. (Goal 5)
Goal 2: Organization and workflow: Continue to review and adapt staff positions, processes and procedures to take advantage of new technologies and methods to improve library services and access to resources.
- Continuing to review the job descriptions of vacant library positions, making changes to address new challenges and opportunities and to support the University’s mission and objectives.
- Shifting responsibilities, exploring automation and/or outsourcing options in order to free existing library staff for digitization and other high priority functions/projects.
- Prioritizing library functions and projects–making the hard decisions about what functions and projects to reduce or eliminate.
- Improving internal communication and processes by sharing internal library meeting notes with all library staff.
Goal 3: Collections and resources: Continue to steward the library’s collections in all formats that support the scholarly work of students and faculty—identifying and preserving print collections when appropriate, creating digital content, and serving as a leader at Wesleyan and in the profession in developing flexible, cost-effective access to commercial and locally-produced digital content.
- Library digital lab: Planning and proposing a lab as a campus center, where librarians, Academic Computing Managers and others work with faculty to select, digitize and make accessible unique collections for use in classes and research.
- Weeding: Instituting low-level, ongoing weeding process to maintain growth space for the library’s print collections, in subject areas for which print materials remain the most useful format.
- ERM: Completing the installation of the electronic resource management system to coordinate and streamline the management of the library’s electronic subscriptions, now numbered in the thousands.
- Print collection: Exploring the feasibility of projects to improve the management of and access to the library’s print collections. The projects to be considered include: conducting an inventory; barcoding unbarcoded collections; and finishing the retrospective conversion so the online catalog contains records for all print books and journals.
- Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST): Participating in a collection analysis as one of the founding members of EAST, a shared print repository for academic libraries in the Northeast committed to providing shared access to selected scholarly books in print form.
- Ebooks: With our CTW Consortium partners, continuing to explore how to make these accessible in a cost-effective way, through demand-driven acquisitions or other innovative access models.
- New systems: Supporting the use of Shared Shelf catalog system for organizing and accessing digital images, and assessing the potential of new systems being developed to more effectively manage digital and print resources.
Goal 4: Research and Access Services: Work with faculty, Academic Affairs, ITS and others to show students and faculty what library services and resources are available to them and how best to access them; and evaluate new systems and methods for improving that access.
- Library in FYSs: Piloting embedded library instruction in First Year Seminars; assessing its effectiveness and scalability.
- Orientation: Expanding the role of the library in first-year and new faculty orientation.
- 24/7 assistance: Improving guides and other assistance to students at times when in-person help is not available.
- Fully incorporating Library OneSearch into library instruction and PRSs.
- Establishing a PR/Outreach committee to coordinate the library’s external communications to students, faculty, staff, alumni and others via Twitter, Facebook, website, etc.; membership to change each year.
Goal 5: Strategic planning: With Academic Affairs and others, conduct a library external review, reviewing the resulting recommendations and determining which to implement; and increasing support for innovative ideas that improve library access and services.
- Library external review: Evaluating library space, services and organization, reviewing the team’s recommendations for improving them, and developing a 3-year library strategic plan informed by those recommendations, Wesleyan’s strategic plan, and trends in academic libraries.
- Finding a way to support selected innovative ideas within the library that cannot be funded from other sources.