2015 Q4 Updates

(October-December)


GOAL 1

Integrate information literacy, research skills and information resources into the curriculum to enhance critical thinking, academic success and lifelong learning.

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 1.A. Cultivate educational outreach opportunities and learning initiatives to better prepare and support incoming and returning students.

Action 1.A.1: Implement a framework for high school outreach designed to support campus recruitment and retention efforts. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.A.2: Create a program of curricular consultation and outreach to high school teachers and school librarians at KU's top feeder schools. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.A.3: Collaborate with campus partners on a coordinated program of outreach and learning resources for transfer, first-generation and international students. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)

STRATEGY 1.B. Design and implement programming in support of campus-level, first-year experience efforts and other retention and persistence activities.

Action 1.B.1: Create programming and curricular support to integrate library resources and information literacy concepts into the Common Book program. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.B.2: Develop a coordinated information literacy and research skills program for first-year seminar courses. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.B.3: Collaborate with the Learning Community program to develop and support information literacy in the curriculum. OPERATIONALIZED

STRATEGY 1.C. Develop and implement a collaborative and programmatic approach to outreach and research education for graduate students.

Action 1.C.1: Develop and expand outreach, instruction and consulting services designed to enhance graduate students’ ability to discover, access, and analyze needed scholarly resources. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.C.2: Coordinate outreach and integration of information literacy concepts into GTA instructional and training programs to support their teaching role. IN PROGRESS

Action 1.C.3: Partner to integrate research and information literacy skills into research methods courses and other graduate program curricula. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)

STRATEGY 1.D. Design and construct instructional modules and resources for use with in-person, hybrid, online and distance learning environments.

Action 1.D.1: Develop "best practices" for the design of pedgogically sound, active and adaptive learning tool. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.D.2: Partner with the Center for Online and Distance Learning and collaborate with individual department/schools to embed the Libraries in online and distance learning activities. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.D.3: Collaborate with campus, state and regional partners to develop online, reusable teaching modules, digital learning objects, tutorials and assignments. FULLY EXPLORED/ADVANCED 

Action 1.D.4: Integrate digital learning objects strategically into KU courses. OPERATIONALIZED

STRATEGY 1.E. Cultivate and promote collaboration with teaching faculty, department administration and other campus partners to integrate information literacy concepts at the campus, degree and course levels.

Action 1.E.1: Develop an instruction and outreach plan for integration of information literacy and critical thinking skills into the undergraduate curriculum at all levels and potential entry points. IN PROGRESS

Accomplishments:

  • First steps toward this strategy were enganging in a series of brainstorming/visioning exercises to articulate the Libraries' purpose and goals for instruction.

Action 1.E.2: Design and deliver innovative programs that support the KU Core curriculum and other university-wide educational initiatives, especially those emphasizing learner outcomes and curriculum improvement. IN PROGRESS

Action 1.E.3: Conduct professional development opportunities for KU classroom faculty on information literacy integration into programs, courses and assignments. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)

Accomplishments:

  • The 1-E.3 Project Team began work on an external environmental scan of existing information literacy programs directed at teaching faculty.

Action 1.E.4: Partner with faculty and department chairs to create targeted programs for incorporating information literacy competencies progressively across the curriculum. IN PROGRESS

Accomplishments:

  • The 1-E.4 Project Team finalized outcomes and objectives with American Studies faculty.

Action 1.E.5: Experiment with new modes of delivering and utilizing credit-bearing courses for research skills acquisition. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.E.6: Develop and promote learning objects and modules for inclusion into the curriculum. TABLED


GOAL 2

Advance scholarship through proactive engagement in research and scholarly communication.

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 2.E. Participate and provide leadership in developing and supporting emerging library technology standards, practices and tools nationwide.

Action 2.E.1: Participate in shaping and developing emerging library and scholarly technology standards, practices and tools through participation in regional and national communities aligned with KU Libraries' priorities for scholarly communication and research. RECOMMENDED AS OPERATIONALIZED

Action 2.E.2: Align technology infrastructure with opportunities to experiment and innovate.

 

GOAL 3

Strengthen KU Libraries' position as an agile, responsive organization capable of continual improvement and change.

Strategies and Action Updates


GOAL 4

Stabilize and grow existing funding sources, secure new funding opportunities and enhance public accountability.

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 4.A. Achieve institutional funding levels equivalent to peer organizations.

Action 4.A.1: Explore an increase to the current $1 per credit hour library fee. IN PROGRESS

Action 4.A.2: Research the potential for a new Required Campus Fee (RFC) designed to expand library services and enhance facilities. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)

Action 4.A.3: Ensure vital library support for major initiatives by securing a portion of funds earmarked to support institutional advancement.

STRATEGY 4.B. Seek grants for the Libraries as an organization and for individual library faculty and staff research initiatives.

Action 4.B.1: Establish structures and staffing within the libraries to support and coordinate grants. FULLY EXPLORED/ADVANCED

Action 4.B.2: Develop organizational expertise in the application and administration of external grants. FULLY EXPLORED/ADVANCED

STRATEGY 4.C. Increase Donor Support.

Action 4.C.1: Revise our donor communications strategy and tactics to align with Far Above, the university’s comprehensive campaign. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 4.C.2: Create and grow partnerships to expand our potential donor base. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 4.C.3: Prioritize and expand fundraising goals to support the Libraries’ strategic priorities. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 4.C.4: Expand engagement efforts and activities at the local, state, regional and national level. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 4.C.5: Investigate additional fee-based service models to provide needed services to companies, alumni and others. IN PROGRESS


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