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Strategic Plan: Phase Five

Information about the Library's Strategic Plan and planning initiative

Progress

An implementation plan for 2017-2018, including measurable outcomes, was drafted in Summer 2017.  Progress towards individual outcomes will be posted as outcomes are achieved or as there are substantive updates.  The implementation plan will be reviewed and revised as needed in Summer 2018.

Implementation Plan

Calvin Coolidge Library Strategic Plan

2017-2018 Implementation

Strategic Priorities

  1. Ensure access to current and relevant collections to support research, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
    1. Maintain the currency and relevancy of our physical collections through regular and thorough collection analysis and deselection.
      1. Reduce the Reference Collection and increase use of Reference items by identifying titles for deselection and titles to be moved to the Circulating Collection.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Titles selected for Circulating and discard
        • By: September 2017
      2. Develop and apply standard and rule-based criteria for deselection.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Deselection Criteria
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed - Deselection Criteria were developed and approved by the Reference Librarians in July 2017.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Apply deselection criteria to first third of the Circulating Collection
        • By: August 2018
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Apply deselection criteria to second third of the Circulating Collection
        • By: August 2019
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Apply deselection criteria to final third of the Circulating Collection
        • By: August 2020
      3. Develop plan for broadening the Casual Collection to include popular periodicals.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Plan
        • By: December 2017
    2. Explore options for sharing additional database subscriptions with other Vermont State Colleges libraries.
      1. Update list of subscriptions and discuss database sharing with VSC Library Council.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Discussion item added to Library Council meeting agenda
        • By: December 2017
    3. Fully participate in the selection and implementation of a new integrated library system for the Vermont State Colleges libraries.
      1. Develop list of reports to be pulled from existing system.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: List of Reports
        • By: January 2018
      2. Participate in RFP and system selection process.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Service on RFP Committee
        • By: October 2017
    4. Continue to support the Archives Working Group in increasing access to and awareness of the library’s archival and special collections.
      1. Develop funding proposal for archives digitization project.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Funding Proposal
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed - A funding proposal was drafted and provided to Advancement Services in July 2017.
      2. Maintain library’s active involvement in the Archives Working Group.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Archives Working Group meeting attendance
        • By: May 2018
  2. Invest in user-centered library spaces.
    1. Assess the condition and usage of our existing space and solicit feedback on space needs.
      1. Develop a profile of the library’s public spaces and track space usage.
        • Assessment/Deliverable:  Space profile and updated map
        • By: December 2017
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Implement Suma for tracking space usage in Spring 2018
        • By: March 2018
      2. Work with the Library Advisory Board to implement a “14 Days to Have Your Say” initiative in Spring 2018 focused on space needs and feedback.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Completion of “14 Days to Have Your Say” initiative
        • By: April 2018
      3. Assemble an internal Space Committee to assess the condition of the public and staff spaces and make recommendations for improvements.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Space Committee convened
        • By: July 2017
        • Progress: Completed - The committee was convened in July 2017 and met several times in Summer 2017.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: List of space recommendations
        • By: June 2018
    2. Explore additional options for offering food and beverages in the library.
      1. Include questions about food and beverage options in “14 Days to Have Your Say” initiative.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Completion of “14 Days to Have Your Say” initiative.
        • By: April 2018
      2. Discuss food and beverage options with Sodexho and Student Life representatives
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Meetings with Sodexho and Student Life
        • By: May 2018
        • Progress: A snack machine was installed in the library in August 2017.
    3. Implement an online system for booking library conference rooms. 
      1. Implement the LibCal scheduling system for booking library conference/group study rooms.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: LibCal implemented for Fall 2017
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Survey of LibCal users in Fall 2017
        • By: December 2017
    4. Expand event offerings and the library’s social media presence to increase engagement with faculty and staff, students, and members of the broader community.
      1. Setup and post at least once a week to Facebook and Instagram accounts for the library.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Account Activations
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed - Facebook & Instagram
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Weekly Posts
        • By: May 2018
      2. Setup and post at 10 times a semester to a library news blog.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Blog setup
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed
        • Assessment/Deliverable: 20 Posts
        • By: May 2018
      3. Host three events during the 2017-2018 academic year, including one event that includes the broader community.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Events held
        • By: May 2018
  3. Strengthen partnerships with faculty and staff to promote student success and foster integrative and effective approaches to teaching information literacy.
    1. Restructure the library’s instruction program to support the integration of information literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, across the curriculum.
      1. Promote the “Integrated Model for Information Literacy at Castleton” plan                      
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Plan information added to library website
        • By: October 2017
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Presentation to Faculty Assembly
        • By: December 2017
      2. Develop learning goals and activities for 13 information literacy topic modules and 2 of the 4 librarian-led instruction sessions.                       
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Goals and activities
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Goals and activities have been developed for 13 information literacy topic modules and 1 of the 4 librarian-led instruction sessions as of August 2017. 2 more of the 4 sessions will be developed in Fall 2017.
      3. Pilot librarian-led instruction in at least 2 FYS and 2 professional program sections
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Pilots and Faculty and student satisfaction surveys
        • By: December 2017
        • Progress: Pilots in 3 FYS and 2 professional program sections are scheduled for Fall 2017.
      4. Develop plan for delivering librarian-developed topic module activities to faculty 
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Plan for delivery
        • By: December 2017
      5. In partnership with Integrative Learning Initiative, pilot instruction in at least two general education and 3rd year course sections
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Pilots and Rubric-based assessment of student work
        • By: May 2018
      6. Pilot librarian-led instruction on one or more topic modules in at least 2 course sections
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Pilots and Faculty and student satisfaction surveys
        • By: May 2018
    2. Restructure reference services to better support student research and scholarship and to more efficiently use technology and existing staff.
      1. Implement LibCal for scheduling appointments with librarians.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: LibCal implemented
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Survey of LibCal and appointment users
        • By: May 2018
      2. Revise reference desk scheduling and staffing.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Revised schedule
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed - Changes have been made to the Fall Reference Desk schedule, with additional changes expected mid-semester due to staffing.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Review of usage statistics
        • By: May 2018
    3. Redesign online research guides to reflect best practices in research support.
      1. Develop new templates and style guide for Research Guides.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Templates and style guide
        • By: August 2017
        • Progress: Completed
      2. Revise existing guides to match new template and style guide.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Revised guides
        • By: June 2018
  4. Support an organizational culture of service excellence and collaboration.
    1. Prioritize and support the professional development of library staff, including providing opportunities to learn about emerging trends and changing student needs.
      1. Host an internal professional development day for library faculty and staff.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Event hosted
        • By: June 2018
      2. Allocate funding in library budget for library staff attendance at local library and higher education conferences and training.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Funds allocated and spent
        • By: June 2018
        • Progress: Funds have been allocated in the FY18 budget for staff professional development.
    2. Expand student employment opportunities to advance their professional growth and development and provide transferrable workplace skills and experiences.
      1. Restructure and reclassify student positions to reflect three progressive levels of responsibility.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Posted position descriptions
        • By: September 2017
      2. Offer consolidated annual training for work study students.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Training offered
        • By: Fall 2017
      3. Offer at least two professional development opportunities for work study students per year.
        • Assessment/Deliverable: Two sessions offered
        • By: May 2018
  5.  Provide regular training for library faculty and staff on emergency procedures.
    1. Revise and update the library’s emergency procedures.
      • Assessment/Deliverable: Procedures document
      • By: August 2017
      • Progress: Procedures were revised in Summer 2017 and will be finalized in September 2017.
    2. Hold at least one training session on revised procedures for library faculty, staff and student employees.
      • Assessment/Deliverable: Trainings held
      • By: May 2018
  6. Explore additional opportunities for outreach and partnerships with the broader community.
    1. Discuss partnership opportunities with Bridge Initiative group.
      • Assessment/Deliverable: Discussion with Library Director added to Bridge Initiative agenda
      • By: December 2017
    2. Develop plan to increase engagement and involvement with local High School librarians.
      • Assessment/Deliverable: Plan developed
      • By: December 2017