Updates: 2013 4th quarter

(October 1 - December 31)


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

  • Transitioned leadership to the incoming/returning student outreach CFI; identified two project teams (Engagement with visiting students/teachers/campers, Outreach to local high school students/teachers/librarians) and goals for the year; implementation to kick-off January 2014. Goals are as follows:
  • Successfully hosting visiting groups, camps
    • Effectively communicate with visitors before and after visits
    • Distributing a pre-visit package to potential visitors to ascertain needs (log-ins, access to library databases, checking out resources and use of our classrooms, facilities and/or computers, etc.)
    • Determine summer availability of library classrooms and group areas
  • Successfully providing instruction/tours to visiting classes
    • Strive to better understand goals of our visitors/feedback loop to learn from them
    • Create a set of pre-visit questions for teachers outlining our offerings (as well as our recommendations) and determining their goals for the visit
    • Talk to teachers and librarians--survey asking about their goals/aspirations for making students college-ready
    • Determine ways to assess the impact of this engagement. Does it actually improve KU recruitment?
    • Collaborate more effectively with teachers/librarians to assist in a more successful transition from high school to college
    • Help students to be better prepared for college
    • Determine ways to effectively reach teachers/librarians and help them to teach their students about information literacy

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.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

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

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

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

Accomplishments: Action 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.

Accomplishments: No updates to report this period

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

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.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

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

Accomplishments: Action 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.

  • Transitioned leadership to Literacy Integration CFI. Co-leads met with Ann Cudd, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, to discuss CFI and collaboration.

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.

  • Began process of creating an overarching transliteracy model for the KU Core
    • Gathered IL Standards used in specific disciplines (History, English, WGSS) and with specific types of methodology (data literacy, visual literacy)
    • Build upon document created in 1.E that connect KU CCore with ACRL IL standards


Advance scholarship through proactive engagement in research and scholarly communication.

Strategies and Action Updates


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

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 3.A. Enhance hiring practices and invest in learning and development opportunities for all library faculty and staff to address the evolving needs of the organization.

Action 3.A.1: Recruit new faculty and staff using methods congruent with Hiring For Excellence standards, strengths, and behavior-based selection techniques

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

Action 3.A.4: Design and facilitate an expanding program of opportunities for strengthening leadership, management and supervisory skills

  • Panel being planned and booklet created to help with "nuts and bolts" supervisor information such as FMLA
  • Groundwork for initial assessment of supervisor development needs almost complete. Will do several pilots in December

STRATEGY 3.B. Strengthen and support librarians and staff in their roles as leaders in technology and scholarly communication as well as partners in research and instructional activities.

Action 3.B.1: Develop and deliver learning opportunities to foster knowledge of current trends in research and scholarly communications.

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

Action 3B.3: Develop a comprehensive professional development and continuing education program related to pedagogy/learning theories and integrating information resources and research skills into the curriculum.

No updates to report this period

STRATEGY 3.C. Increase knowledge of colleagues' skills, strengths and expertise to facilitate innovative workflow solutions, while fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

Action 3.C.3: Create informal and formal venues for library faculty and staff to share their research and expertise with colleagues.

  • Action group is working on several more programs including lightning round type presentation.

Action 3.C.5: Increase participation in and pursue organizational applications of strengths-based programs and principles.


  • Continuing to work with individuals to do StrengthsFinder test and follow-up. About 75% completed.
  • Set up to start working with interested units to integrate questions into monthly supervisor/supervisee conversations to help develop understanding and application.
  • Finalizing preparations to work with groups who want to utilize their awareness of each other's strengths to help maximize their group work.
  • Will be hosting more 40 minute sessions devoted to discussions on specific strengths

Action 3.C.5: Increase participation in and pursue organizational applications of strengths-based programs and principles.


  • Continuing to work with individuals to do StrengthsFinder test and follow-up. About 75% completed.
  • Set up to start working with interested units to integrate questions into monthly supervisor/supervisee conversations to help develop understanding and application.
  • Finalizing preparations to work with groups who want to utilize their awareness of each other's strengths to help maximize their group work.
  • Will be hosting more 40 minute sessions devoted to discussions on specific strengths.

STRATEGY 3.D. Transform the way in which working groups, task forces and committees form and operate in order to support accountability and efficiency in team-based work.

Action 3.D.1: Develop a comprehensive training program for best practices in group-based decision-making, project management, meeting facilitation, assessment and reporting.

  • Action group developing initial assessment of group development needs underway. Will start several pilots by January.
  • Action group gathering office productivity training needs through survey now.
  • Action group developing how we programmatically provide and sustain facilitation and project management training.


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

Strategies and Action Updates

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.

Accomplishments: Planning for supporting activities for the strategic action
  • Formalize the CFI as the initial supporting structure for KU Libraries' in-house grant development and management services
    • Develop membership and action priorities that will lead to CFI members becoming more knowledgeable about funding agencies, available grants, and grants development.
      • Underway- meeting with RGS pre-award services on November 19th. We are identifying additional campus entities with whom we wish to meet.
    • Establish appropriate pre- and post-award consulting and grant development services along with requisite post-award management services.
    • Assess library priorities for specific grant initiatives and identify grant targets for FY2015.
  • Develop and distribute resources and other events to build awareness of services and to highlight grant opportunities.
    • Develop and disseminate information and tools for those wishing to develop grant.
      • Working on learning about the PIVOT system and will use to develop a new grant opportunities document. We will need some web presence for organized dissemination.
    • Develop sessions to help staff understand grants opportunities, grant-writing processes, and the accountabilities inherent in successful grants management.
      • 2 sessions have been held to date, one on the IMLS grant and one on the current NEH grant. As we develop "a" above, we will reflect that in future sessions.
    • Invite representatives from funding agencies to speak to KU LIbraries about grant opportunities (IMLS, NHPRC, etc).
  • Monitor and report out our CFI progress periodically.
    • Evaluate the work of the CFI quarterly and at the end of the FY14 year.
      • This is our first quarter report. We will also internally evaluate our progress.

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

No updates to report this period

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.

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

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

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

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

Accomplishments: Action operationalized​​

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

  • Many additional national, regional and statewide donor engagement events planned with KUAA.
  • Discussed anticipated collaboration with Sarah Goodwin Thiel and her Center for Community and Affiliate Engagement and Outreach, especially as it pertains to tiers two and three listed above
  • Initiated planning with LPL (via Read Across Lawrence 2014), the Endacott Society (via a KSLR exhibit event).
  • Held events aimed at distinguished professors (via Open Access Week and Research Corner Talks).

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

  • Secured a partnership with the KU Alumni Association to offer library database access to alumni association members.
    • Discussed and identified markers of success.
    • Identified select databases and negotiated vendor contracts.
    • Explored and confirmed a viable authentication strategy to allow database access.
    • Initiated discussions of shared funding models.
    • Planned for a soft launch in January 2014

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Courtney Foat
Interim Director of Communications Advancement

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