Library Goals AY 2017-2018

Delightful Collections

  • Continue Deselection: We will continue the process of reviewing our current holdings and identifying titles that are obsolete, redundant, or infrequently used as part of our broader effort to create space in our stacks for future growth.

  • Repository and Digital Collections: We will launch our new repository, with a focus on collecting faculty articles as part of our Open Access program, and continue to build digital collections to support research and the curriculum.

Inspiring Spaces

  • Catalog evaluation and implementation: We will complete the evaluation of our next generation library catalog, and if funding is approved, implement this new system in collaboration with our colleagues at MIIS.  

  • Library Website: As part Middlebury’s deployment of a new website, we will work with our colleagues in Communications to design and deploy a new website for the library. (new) (mike)

  • Collection shifts: Connected to our work in de-selecting titles, we will explore the possibilities of freeing up space to allow for new spaces and furniture for collaborative work, media creation, group study, and instruction.

Education for Faculty & Students

  • InfoLit Marketing Plan: We’ll continue our work from last year of identifying new ways to inform faculty of the importance of integrating Information Literacy and Student Research Skills into their courses.  

  • Support new and existing research methodologies: We will continue our efforts to explore and support new research methodologies, including High Performance computing, 3D printing and scanning, and the work of the digital liberal arts initiative.

  • Open Access Campaign: With our new repository open for business, we will work with our Open Access working group to develop a campaign to ensure that we collect and distribute faculty articles that are covered by our new Open Access policy.  

  • Book arts and book history: In order to promote and gauge interest at Middlebury, host a series of workshops and events exploring book arts and the history of the book. Our programming will cover the various elements that go into book construction and production – parchment, paper, ink, binding, calligraphy, and printing – to introduce students to the history and importance of books and texts  throughout the centuries.

Staff & Organizational Development

  • Assessment 2.0: We will take a fresh look at the data that we currently collect about our services with an eye towards developing dashboards and reports that help us better understand trends in how our services and resources are being used by our community.

  • Workforce Planning/Staffing Plan: We will build on the preliminary work we did on workforce planning to develop a longer-term staffing plan that will align our work with anticipated changes in how we deliver services and resources to our community, as well as reinforce our commitment to full participation in our diverse community.

  • Budget Realignment: In order to provide better real-time data to budget administrators, we will both look at how we currently organize our budget, and identify strategies for improving access to financial information.

  • Participate in Digital Middlebury Re-alignment: We will participate in a Middlebury-wide effort to ensure that we are aligned to assure that we are making best use of our considerable digital talents in support of the new strategic plan, and the needs of the entire institution.

  • Support launch of MiddLab and DLA 2.0: We will support the work of the newly formed digital scholarship team (MiddLab) and our partnership with CTLR to sustain the work of the DLA post-Mellon grant.  

  • Staff development for Open Access: As we develop a strategy for sustaining our new Open Access policy, we'll be considering what staff development is required.  

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