Goals 2015-2016

Library Mission and Vision

We strive to be a center of intellectual and scholarly activity that advances teaching, learning, research, and innovation at Middlebury.
 
We connect our community to the universe of information; steward our unique and rare resources for the needs of current and future generations; design compelling spaces for collaboration, creation, and contemplation; and foster intellectual community, critical inquiry, and transformative scholarship and teaching; all in the service of instilling in our students a life-long passion for personal growth and learning.

Library Strategic Directions and Related Goals

Sustain access to collections that delight our current and future scholars

2015-16 goals that support this:

  • Open Access Working Group: We will develop recommendations and an implementation plan for our approach to Open Access
  • Deselecting Project In order to ensure that our collections fit into the existing footprint and are appropriately focused on the needs of our students and faculty, we need to reduce the size of our collection.
    • Sponsor: Terry Simpkins
    • Point Person: Terry Simpkins/Douglas Black
    • Timeframe: 2-3 year (min) project done in concert with EAST monograph last copy project
      • July 2015: Data sent to SCS in July 2015
      • Nov 2015 - Jan 2016: individual data analysis available
      • 1st half of calendar year 2016: experiment with deselection criteria, initial communications with faculty
      • 2nd half of calendar year 2016: begin deselecting in certain highly congested call number ranges; coordinate with EAST members as necessary
      • 2017: continue deselecting; coordinate with EAST members as necessary
    • URLs for More Information:
  • Analyze collection related data: As part of the library data project, understand usage patterns and better monitor our materials budget by looking at circulation and usage data.

Provide spaces that inspire excellence in teaching, study, research and the production of knowledge

2015-16 goals that support this:

  • Learning spaces assessment: we will continue the visual inspection of our learning spaces, and put in place a mechanism for ongoing collection of feedback and ideas from faculty, including a campaign to do one-on-one interviews with faculty.
  • Library space use study: as part of library data project, develop methods for understanding, measuring and recording how library space is used. This will include both outreach and interviews with our users, and discussion among staff.
    • Sponsor: Carrie Macfarlane
    • Point Person: Brenda Ellis
    • Timeframe:
      • The first staff discussion will take place in September.
      • Easy changes will be complete by the end of the fall semester.
      • Additional work will be done in the spring semester, with proposals for more long-term commitments submitted by the end of May.
    • URL for More Information: https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/document/d/1WWHbXPRmDG-JdX5ZtaD...
  • Library and academic technology platform, system, and infrastructure evaluation: assess our current approach to storage, collaboration, computing, and related platforms with an eye to seeing what improvements we need to make to take advantage of new paradigms and changing user behavior. This will include evaluations of Canvas, a new ILS, implementation of ArchiveSpace, and longer term evaluation of current and future platforms for born digital storage; website archiving; an institutional repository; next generation digital archives software; integration with current systems, e.g. Summon
  • Armstrong library planning: as part of larger space planning process in Bi-Hall, continue to re-imagine what a 21st century science library should be, with the aim of a creative reinvention of Armstrong Library in order to free significant space without sacrificing the the benefits of embedded library support for students, faculty and staff in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

Develop and deliver educational programming to support student and faculty development

2015-16 goals that support this:

  • Information Literacy 2.0: We will extend our departmental pilots to additional departments, and re-examine our current introductory infolit goals in light of the recently released ACRL framework for information literacy.
    • Sponsor: Carrie Macfarlane
    • Point Person: Carrie Macfarlane
    • Timeframe:
      • R&I and liaisons will contact interested departments to talk more about the information literacy pilots during the summer and fall terms. 
      • We will hold our first discussion about the ACRL framework in July. Depending on the outcome of that discussion, more discussions (possibly including outside speakers) will be scheduled in the following months.
    • URL for More Information: https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/document/d/1WWHbXPRmDG-JdX5ZtaD...
  • Develop Communities of Practitioners: Together with the CTLR we will launch a program that will facilitate the creation of communities of practice(e.g.reading groups, workshops, external speakers, and other pilot projects) in key topics, including the science of learning, podcasting, POGIL, contemplative pedagogy, and the digital liberal arts.
  • Student Technology Skills & Employers Project: Based on data collected in phase one of this project, we will document where the core technology skills identified in our survey can be acquired in the curriculum, on campus, and online.
    • Sponsor: Andi Lloyd
    • Point Person: Mike Roy
    • Timeframe: Academic Year, 2015-16
  • Digital liberal arts workshops and fellowships: year two of our digital liberals arts efforts will continue to feature workshops, consultations, training, and general support for student and faculty skill development
    • Sponsor: Jason Mittell
    • Point Person: Alicia Peaker
    • Timeframe: workshops will take place throughout the year
    • URL for More Information: http://go.middlebury.edu/dla/

Support the development of expert staff that are critical to our on-going and new initiatives

2015-16 goals that support this:

  • Inquiry-based techniques: we will support further mastery of inquiry based learning techniques by library staff engaged in class instruction.
    • Sponsor: Mike Roy
    • Point Person: Carrie Macfarlane
    • Timeframe:
      • Suggestions for workshop activities will be to the liaisons blog in time for fall workshops.
      • In monthly librarian meetings, we will informally share stories about the exercises and techniques we’ve used recently.
      • We also might schedule one open meeting at the end of each semester that is dedicated to this topic.
      • Glen Ernstrom will lead a workshop on the POGIL teaching technique in January.
    • URL for More Information: https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/document/d/1WWHbXPRmDG-JdX5ZtaD...
  • DLA-based trainings: We will hold DLA workshops for library staff to help develop new skills and enhance existing skills in support of the new methods and tools introduced via the DLA
    • Sponsor: Jason Mittell
    • Point Person:Alicia Peaker
    • Timeframe: workshops and training will take place throughout the year
    • URL for More Information: http://go.middlebury.edu/dla/
  • Reading groups: we will form reading groups within the library and with others on campus to encourage strategic thinking about the future of the library, and more broadly, the future of education.
    • Sponsor: Mike Roy
    • Point Person: Mike Roy
    • Timeframe: Develop Plan in Fall of 2016
  • Training/onboarding of five new library staff members: with five new staff members joining us this year, we will focus our energies on getting them oriented and started on the right foot.
    • Point Person: Mike Roy
    • Timeframe: fall 2015
  • Design two in-service days that focus on staff development, defined broadly: we will be intentional in making sure that we use our two in-service days to best effect.
    • Sponsor: Mike Roy
    • Point Person: Rebekah Irwin
    • Timeframe: October 23, 2015 (Midterm recess) and April 1, 2016 (Spring recess)
    • Build connections to the broader higher education community

2015-16 goals that support this:

  • EAST: continue our involvement in this collaborative approach to collection management
    • Sponsor: Mike Roy
    • Point Person: Terry Simpkins
    • Timeframe:
      • 2-3 year (min) project done in concert with EAST monograph last copy project
      • July 2015: Data sent to SCS in July 2015
      • Nov 2015 - Jan 2016: individual data analysis available
      • 1st half of calendar year 2016: experiment with deselection criteria, decide on verification and retention agreement criteria.
      • 2nd half of calendar year 2016: most likely make firm retention agreements for certain monographs
    • URL for More Information: https://www.blc.org/east-project
  • Lever Press Initiative: finalize plan and seek funding for this collaborative approach to developing an open access monograph press within the Oberlin Group of libraries.
    • Sponsor: Oberlin Group Task Force
    • Point Person: Mike Roy
    • Timeframe: Membership Drive to be completed by December 2015
    • URL for More Information: http://leverpress.org
  • DLAx Planning Grant: Develop plan and seek funding for a collaborative network for supporting digital scholarship (the digital liberal arts exchange)
  • Nexpress/Connect NY: Evaluate pilot efforts and explore options for enhancing this important service. Continue to add components to ILLiad as part of the IDS project pilot and each change requires careful consideration for adapting workflow. We will continue to consider expanding other consortia relationships and/or convert pilots into long-term commitments.
    • Sponsor:Terry Simpkins
    • Point Person: Bryan Carson
    • Timeframe:
      • TBD. Completely based on leadership from NExpress directors’ group. Our 1-year pilot ends in January, so presumably a decision from the NExpress leadership will come at that point.This is not something we have control over at all.
    • Canvas Users Group: As part of our evaluation of Canvas, participate in regional and national Canvas user groups
  • Internet 2 : Explore opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing made possible through Internet2
    • Sponsor: Mike Roy
    • Point Person: Bill Koulopoulos
    • URL for More Information: go/I2/

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