The recommendations made below represent the next stage in planning for proposals originally outlined in the Interim Report. Several represent changes in the scope and direction of the original proposals. These changes are based both on our evaluation of the proposals and on feedback received over the past six months from Library staff and Library users.
The following proposals have already been by the University Library’s Executive Committee and presented for discussion to the members of the Senate Committee on the Library and the University Librarian’s Long-Range Advisory Committee. The charge and membership of the teams established to implement these proposals may be found on the New Service Models Web site.
Reference materials remain a critical resource for research, teaching, and learning, but the departmental library model fosters the fragmentation of these resources across multiple service points within the Main Library. Pursuing this proposal will allow us to establish a rich reference collection relevant to research, teaching, and learning in all fields of inquiry, to improve access to these materials by bringing them together in a space in which longer service hours can be provided, and to allow for greater flexibility in selecting materials for the on-site collections remaining in departmental libraries.
Implementation Team Chair: Jo Kibbee, Central Reference Services
The Library is deeply engaged in digital content creation, and needs to determine the most effective way to organize, manage, deliver and sustain access to this content. Pursuing this proposal will include: articulating the principles and methods critical to effective digital content life cycle management, including selection, digitization, metadata creation, quality review, management and access, and long-term archiving and curation; defining creation, management, access, and preservation needs and priorities for all types of content; and recommending the establishment of an effective organization and management structure to support the life cycle of digital content creation, access and management.
Implementation Team Chair: Michael Norman, Content Access Management
Discussions about the CPLA Library have been ongoing with faculty in the College of Fine & Applied Arts and the College of ACES. Pursuing this proposal will allow us to improve access to Library collections and services for CPLA patrons through their transfer to a better facility, as well as to continue discussions with our users about the collections and services appropriate to a 21st-century “design library.”
Implementation Team Chair: Sue Searing, Library & Information Science Library
The Scholarly Commons is envisioned both as a physical facility and as an evolving service environment aimed at the changing needs of graduate students and faculty. Pursuing this proposal will allow us to more effectively bring together Library subject specialists and other professionals the Graduate College, and I 3. The Scholarly Commons will develop in phases in order to support a wide range of traditional and emergent service in support of scholarly activity, and provide an opportunity to develop critical collaborative relationships with campus units including CITES, ATLAS, needs (e.g., research consultation, integration of Library-provided content into teaching and research design, IT applications development and support, digital content creation, data services), and to allow for new service programs to emerge as part of the expansion of digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The Scholarly Commons will serve as a key support mechanism for the development of cyberinfrastructure in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a campus hub for the support of e-learning and e-science.
Implementation Team Chair: Scott Walter, Library Administration
The University and the Library have dedicated significant resources toward improving the service environment within the Main Library Book Stacks. Improved collection management has been facilitated by the construction of the Oak Street Library Facility, for example, and environmental conditions have been improved by the installation of sprinkler systems and other life safety enhancements. Finally, ongoing efforts to shift the collection, uncover and process previously-hidden collections are resulting in greater consistency in shelving and the ability to make better use of access tools. Pursuing this proposal will allow us to make the Stacks more open to browsing and to use by our patrons, and to focus needed attention and resources on the management of physical collections and enhancement of user space. Dedication to these goals will ensure ongoing and improved access to a “browsing collection” of over 4.5 million volumes, while also allowing the Library to take advantage of opportunities provided by the Oak Street Library Facility to maintain lowered long-term storage costs and to provide the optimal physical environment for long-term preservation of our physical collections.
Implementation Team Chair: Tom Teper, Library Administration
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