Updates: 2014 2nd quarter

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

  • Transitioned leadership to the Incoming & Returning Student CFI​
  • Determined performance goals for the new CFI, including successfully hosting visiting groups and camps, and providing instruction and tours to visiting classes
  • Developed and published documentation within standardized templates to ensure seamless engagement with visiting high schools and camps (see: Engagement/Outreach Activities)
  • Developed and published a compilation of college readiness online research resources found across the KU website and sites from other institutions (see: College Readiness Skills & Resources)
  • Engaged in on-going conversation and planning with the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility about promoting Libraries’ outreach tools to Kansas teachers, librarians and students

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: Action Operationalized

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. 

Accomplishments: Action 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.

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. IN PROGRESS

  • Transitioned leadership to the Literacy Integration CFI
  • Met with Ann Cudd, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, to discuss 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. IN PROGRESS

  • Began process of creating an overarching trans-literacy model for the KU Core, gathering information literacy standards used in specific disciplines and specific types of methodology, and connecting the KU Core with ACRL information literacy standards
  • Identified likely disciplines and departments to pilot an information literacy partnership that enhances student learning, produces better scholarship, and engages students in discipline-based research in a more meaningful way.


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.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. IN PROGRESS


  • A blueprint for grant support was developed by the CFI and presented to Cabinet.  An intranet site features grant resources, a calendar of grant availability and other materials to help potential grant seekers.

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

  • Met with RGS pre-award staff, Hall Center grant development staff and IPSR grant development staff to begin developing internal expertise. 
  • Gathered our "lessons learned" from recent NHPRC, NEH, and IMLS grants.

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. IN PROGRESS

  • Secured opportunities with KUAA to expand engagement opportunities via statewide, regional and national alumni events.
  • Secured partnership with Lawrence Public Library on Read Across Lawrence in 2013 and 2014.
  • Began conversations with current or new partners, including KU Women in Philanthropy, KU Women’s Hall of Fame, KU School of Journalism and KU Department of English, among others.
  • Held events for distinguished professors (via Open Access Week and Research Corner Talks).
  • Efforts contributed to raising more than $11 million dollars for the Far Above campaign to date (original goal $5 million) and significantly expanding our base of current and prospective donors.

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

  • Secured a partnership with the KU Alumni Association to offer library database access to alumni association members, creating an opportunity for corporate sponsorship, as well as increased awareness among key potential donors.

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