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Implementation updates

(April 1 - June 30)


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


  • Communications Coordinator, LeAnn Meyer, will be in touch with Admissions to discuss the provision of images, text and talking points related to the Libraries.
  • We have expressed willingness to be an Admissions tour stop for visiting classes. Christen Caton is the Libraries main contact for scheduling and/or coordinating library tours. Admissions has also been referred to the Library Tours webpage for information on last-minute tour requests and tours available in different languages.
  • The Admissions Office has been providing recruitment information for distribution to high school classes since February. We will send information to Admissions as we schedule visits to and from high school classes. We plan to compile this information via a spreadsheet which will be shared with Admissions regularly and have asked about a preferred way to gather that information.
  • At this time, we have no plans to participate in Scholar Days; however, Bayliss and I plan to attend the fall event to determine how the Libraries can best contribute to those events.

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


  • Advanced American Studies Dept. pilot program which would support their GTAs' instructional and training efforts.

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

  • Advanced American Studies Dept. pilot program to incorporate information literacy competencies across their curriculum (see 1.E.4).

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

  • Completed observation of American Studies courses for the spring 2015 semester.
  • Met with American Studies department to present draft departmental goals and objectives, as well as learning outcomes specific to the five American Studies major and KU Core classes targeted for the Libraries pilot program.
  • American Studies department agreed to develop learning outcomes for the five major and KU Core courses targeted for the Libraries pilot program.
  • Completed learning outcomes for AMS 100.

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)

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


  • Advanced American Studies Dept. pilot program to incorporate information literacy competencies across their curriculum (see 1.E.4).

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


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


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

  • Held donor engagement events with KUAA across Kansas and in Oklahoma, including the first KU Libraries event/exhibit in celebration of the 150th
  • Requested funding from the Chancellor’s Office in support of 150th donor and alumni programming (decision to come)
  • Ensured continued implementation of KU Endowment plan for major gift cultivation

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

  • Continued to refine plans to develop corporate partnerships and/or corporate gift proposals
  • Continued investigation/identification of “deliverables” associated with potential corporate partnerships
  • Identified potential corporations for corporate giving related to two specific funds/initiatives

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Christy McWard
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