Updates: 2017



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)


  • The Project Team completed a literature review and environmental scan on transfer and first-generation student support during Q1. They also conducted a stakeholder conversation with the Office of First-Year Experience to obtain information on transfer and first-generation student needs.


  • The project team completed stakeholder conversations including meeting with staff at the Edwards campus and the KU TRIO program, a needs assessment, and a final report. 

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. OPERATIONALIZED

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)


  • As stated in the last 2016 report, the Graduate Center will take on the primary responsibility for contacting instructors in disciplines where the Libraries does not have a specialist. Therefore, we feel that this area is operationalized. However, the Project Team will continue to meet to analyze information and product and report on recommendations. The Project Team engaged with many instructors for many different courses in the Spring semester. 
  • Thirteen open workshops aimed at graduate students were offered in Q1.


  • The project team conducted an inventory of “Research Methods/Responsible Conduct of Research” seminars and then examined the KU libraries’ current level of engagement with those courses. Of the 87 courses identified, we have engaged with 14 (16%) within the last two years (ending in FY 2016). By the end of FY2017, we had sifted out courses that are no long offered. Of the 80 courses identified as “Research Methods/Responsible Conduct of Research” seminars, we have engaged with 17 (21%) within the last two years (ending in FY 2017).
  • The project team also developed a list of services and resources that the KU Libraries’ offers to Graduate Students; categorized by those common to all and differentiated by broad discipline (e.g. STEM, Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.).
  • Lastly, the project team moderated the first Graduate Red Hot Research event at The Commons. 

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


  • The Leadership Team began work on a list of recommended changes to the instruction webpages to better reflect our instruction philosophy and work. These recommendations will be share with library leadership in Q2. 


  • Completed a draft for proposed revisions to the Instruction web pages. 

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


  • The Leadership Team identified KU Core Goal 5 courses that are being taught in spring 2017. An email was sent to the faculty members teaching these courses to encourage them to integrate information literacy into their courses. The message included information about scheduling instruction sessions, as well as consulting with library staff to integrate information literacy into their assignments. 


  • The work for goal 1-E.2 was done by the Information Literacy Integration CFI leadership team over the past twelve months. After comparing instruction statistics from July 2015-June 2016 with the list of common core courses, the team identified a low level of library engagement with courses that meet goal 5 of the Common Core.1
  • In January of 2017, the team identified all the 51 courses that meet goal five of the common Core. In February, the team composed a personal email and contacted each of the 30 courses that were being taught Spring semester. The result was two additional instruction collaborations with one of the instructors.
  • Since students can meet KU Core Goal 5 in ways other than formal coursework, the team also explored possibilities to outreach in these areas (Alternative Breaks and Service Learning Certification). In May of 2017, the team composed a personal email and contacted each of the courses that were being taught Fall semester. The result of these emails is still unquantifiable. However, it has resulted in the possibility of deeper engagement with the School of Journalism for the courses JOUR 608 and JOUR 304 courses. 

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)


  • The Project Team finalized the survey for library staff to collect information about faculty/librarian partnerships for instruction. 13 responses were collected, although some individuals completed the survey multiple times. After initial analysis, the team decided to conduct one-on-one interviews with respondents. These interviews are currently underway. 
  • The later part of the fourth quarter, the project team prepared a survey of librarians, which we sent out via KULIB-L during the first quarter. After analyzing the results of our survey, we decided that the survey results were not conclusive or detailed enough to advance our project, so we elected to interview respondents. We asked 11 librarians to meet with us to discuss their successful instructional collaborations with faculty.
  • Of the eleven, seven agreed to or were available to meet with us for an interview. Interviews were conducted with Sara Morris, Jocelyn Wehr, John Stratton, Carmen Orth-Alfie, Brian Rosenblum, Jill Becker, and Andi Back. We asked but did not receive responses from or were unable to schedule a time to meet with Erin Ellis, Scott McEathron, and Tami Albin. Jon Giullian and Fran Devlin supplied us published articles detailing their collaboration instead of interviewing. 

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


  • The Project Team reviewed the Qualtrics tutorial with Betsy Esch (AMS) and GTAs for AMS 110 and collected feedback for suggested edits to the tutorial. The tutorial will be piloted this spring in AMS 110. 
  • Reading Articles in the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies: Attributes was completed in the spring 2017 and was presented to Professor Esch (who was teaching AMS 110) and her three GTAs. 

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

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. FULLY EXPLORED



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. FULLY EXPLORED

Action 4.A.2: Research the potential for a new Required Campus Fee (RFC) designed to expand library services and enhance facilities. FULLY EXPLORED

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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