Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Vision and Objectives for FY2014-2017

Library development of 2014-2017 will focus on the following major initiatives:

  1. Engage the campus community in planning and assessing progress:
    • Define library priorities, identify new initiatives and assess services to users.
      • Conduct regular focus groups of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty, to assess library space, collections, and services.
      • Assess student information literacy skills using the national assessment tool Project SAILS.
      • Assess reference and instructional surveys using online feedback forms and print surveys, when appropriate.
    • Communicate with the campus community about library issues, challenges and accomplishments.
      • Produce and share reports of assessment activities with the Library and other campus units, as appropriate.
    • Develop cost efficient assessment methods and apply them to measure progress.
      • Develop surveys, quizzes, and other assessment tools using free/low cost software such as Google Forms, Survey Monkey, etc.
  2. Improve access to information resources:
    • Perfect "Next Generation" finding tools which simplify and integrate users' discovery of print, media, and online resources.
    • Continue to enhance EDS implementation
    • Investigate and review new media platforms.
    • Review systems and enhance access in finding tools to ebooks and DDA programs.
    • Participate in discussions of single link resolver and move toward streamling processes in eresource management.
    • Increase digitization of owned materials.
    • Develop the Library's web presence.
    • Refine Library Media web presence by consolidating and updating existing pages.
    • Expand use of LibGuides to improve our ability to update finding aids and lists.
    • Collaborate with USMAI (University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions) colleagues to improve online access to shared resources.
    • Participate in USMAI efforts to provide access to more shared e-collections and e-resources
    • Participate in USMAI review process for ILS acquisition and implementation.
    • Improve access to the Library's uncataloged collections.
    • Investigate and when appropriate plan to provide cataloging or metadata description for uncataloged materials including physical materials as well as digitized collections.
    • Seek alternatives to subscriptions such as open publishing and purchasing of individual articles "just in time" rather than subscriptions to journals.
    • Purchase additional e-resources or access rights, in close consultation with campus constituencies and as funding permits.
  3. Advocate for additional funding for information resources in support of research.
    • Continue outreach to faculty on available information resources and services.
    • Continue to provide avenues for faculty input on resources and services needs.
  4. Support campus research by continuing to acquire original, rare, historical, and archival materials of enduring value.
    • Increase space for proper storage and processing of archives.
    • Increase staffing and work space to accommodate newly acquired archives.
    • Increase support for making Special Collections available in person and online.
    • Provide funding for acquisitions of valuable additions to Special Collections holdings.
    • Support funding for scanning of Special Collections materials.
    • Increased interdepartmental collaborations for greater access, including grant writing, digital collections, outreach, and metadata creation.
    • Intake and processing of newly acquired Steiner, Md Folklife, Arnold and Catonsville 9 archives.
    • Increase outreach to faculty who may have interest in Special Collections holdings.
  5. Provide a physical environment that supports the emerging goals and priorities of Library users:
    • Expand the Retriever Learning Center to the 2nd floor of the Library with emphasis on student activity, collaborative learning spaces, new media and information technology.
    • Address facility renewal, maintenance, and building security.
    • Cap the on-site collection of circulating print materials and serials at 1.1M volumes.
      • Undertake some limited weeding in both serials and monographs.
      • Serials: Weed titles covered by UMBC JSTOR holdings; consider in FY 15 non-JSTOR runs of less than X years and prior to 2000. Consider procedures for offering discard runs to others in USMAI or MDL. Initial discussions with academic departments in FY 14.
      • Monographs: some targeted weeds in restricted call number areas to be named, of titles acquired prior to 2000 with no circulation from 2000 to the present and at least two other copies in USMAI. Consider B&BF sections.
    • Develop alternatives to in-house access to print-only materials, i.e. off-site, consortial repositories with online delivery of printed content.
  6. Continue to explore new methods of integrating "new media" into the current array of resources and services:
    • Refine Library spaces and technologies and engage the campus community in the new media culture.
    • Offer campus leadership in visual literacy and ethical use of media.
    • Offer resources for campus integration of media into interdisclipinary course assignments.
    • Assess new services for use and relevance and adjust as needed.
    • Develop multimedia resources and services in support of teaching and learning, e.g. in language acquisition.
    • Create and enhance as needed a Digital Media Lab on the second floor.
      • FY 14: equip and initiate Digital Media Lab
      • FY 15: assess DML equipment and service; revise as needed.
    • Partner with MLLI for investigation of new language acquisition software or processes.
  7. Optimize the allocation of staffing and budget to meet user needs and the library vision.
    • Rebalance levels of effort, organizational structure and use of staff lines to serve the goals identified in this vision.
    • Evaluate and reorganize workflows, enhance technological applications and practices for effectiveness.
      • FY 14: change vacant nonexempt line in serials to librarian line and hire to fill that line.
      • FY14: Fill additional anticipated two vacated lines in Reference.
      • FY 15: rebalance staffing levels of effort in light of new discovery tools and DML services.
    • Foster participation and collaboration among staff across departmental lines.
    • Integrate assistance for users across departmental lines (with such departments as the Learning Resource Center, the Division of Information Technology).
  8. Provide library staff and faculty with sufficient resources to excel in performing their service mission to the campus.
    • Expand staff development opportunities and effective, timely job-related training, especially for emerging technical innovations and new service models.
      • FY 14 - FY 15: streamline and clarify rules and procedures for requesting and running webinars for Library faculty and staff.
    • Foster effective communication and involvement of all staff.
    • Continue and enrich mentoring programs for Library staff and faculty, and work to create an environment that supports leadership development.
    • Enhance the public relations/publicity program that highlights the library's resources, services, expertise and achievements.
  9. Partner with allies:
    • Strengthen consortial partnerships for resource sharing, services, and cost effectiveness.
      • Initiate USMAI-wide consortial weeding planning so as to coordinate weeding around agreed-upon principles.
    • Collaborate with all segments of the UMBC community to advance student success.
      • FY 14: Initiate discussions with MLLI re what the Library can do to advance MLLI goals for teaching languages; develop plans for Library services in support of MLLI in the 2-3 year horizon.
    • Collaborate with faculty to engage students in using information effectively, in becoming life-long learners, and to incorporate information mastery into campus plans and priorities.
      • FY 14 - FY 15 : Add point of need “more info” buttons, instruction sets, wayfinding, procedures, and other "teaching to fish" help to the Library’s online presence.
      • FY 14 – FY 16 : Advocate on campus for "information mastery" as a learning goal for all students. Provide additional online Library support for use of information in learning through these stages:
        • Framing (of topics)
        • Discovery (of information)
        • Access (to particular pieces of information)
        • Assessment (of discovered and/or accessed information)
        • Assimilation (of valued information)
        • Production/creation/modification of new information
        • Promulgation or Re-promulgation of information
    • Collaborate with faculty and campus administration to address issues related to the changing patterns of scholarly communication.
      • FY 14 : advocate for DORA and other projects which would support open access.
    • Address the need for an Institutional Repository as well as the need for a repository for research data.
      • FY 14: In consultation with UMBC campus and USMAI allies, choose IR implementation strategy in 2013.
      • FY 14 – FY 15: Develop grant proposal in support of a shared IR.

Library Executive Committee approved 7/30/13; UMBC Administration approval 9/9/14; edited & posted 9/10/14