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Strategic Plan for Thomas Tredway Library

Plans and Priorities for 2018-19

Mission

The Thomas Tredway Library serves Augustana College by making learning the touchstone of all library activities and decisions.

Vision Statement

A center for teaching and research, the Thomas Tredway Library advances the academic aims of Augustana College by actively promoting student learning. The librarians and staff members commit to strong liaison and instructional programs integrated into the Augustana curriculum; provide high-quality, personal interaction and reference sessions with patrons; build and maintain a strong user-focused collection to support curricular needs; and serve both the Augustana campus and larger community. The library fosters collegiality and cooperation while promoting respect, embracing diversity, and encouraging the pursuit of intellectual growth and excellence.

Teaching

Continue a thoughtful plan of integrating information literacy into the curriculum in a sequential, developmental manner.

  • Participate in the conversation regarding the new Honors curriculum. (Anne and Stefanie)
  • Assist departments in scaffolding library research skills within their semester-based curricula (liaison librarians)
  • Plan information literacy integration into new FYI curriculum (librarians)
  • Refine library experience assessment for FY students (Stefanie – with input from liaison librarians)
  • Strengthen collaboration with Office of International Student Life regarding ways in which the library can improve support to this population (Management Team)
  • Strive to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the teaching program.
    • Evaluate approaches to teaching with the semester transition in mind. (librarians)
    • Pursue professional development activity on improving instruction and assessment (liaison librarians)
    • Collaborate and coordinate between Special Collections and other instruction. (librarians)
  • Build Augustana Digital Commons and other institutional repositories into instruction (liaison librarians)
  • Be more intentional about finding ways to incorporate critical information literacy skills and social justice awareness into instruction (all)
  • Approach instruction with IL program outcomes in mind. (liaison librarians)

Service

Deliver library services that maximize efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and inclusivity.

  • Build a relationship with the VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help us examine library services (all)
  • Continue to analyze reference services to ensure they meet student needs. (Anne)
    • Expand opportunities and training for research help desk student workers. (Anne)
  • Publicize research services (e.g. infographics, social media) (Christine and Maria)
  • Continue copyright education for campus community (Christine)
  • Expand development of Augustana Digital Commons for open-access scholarship, creative works, and college documents (Mary and Connie)
  • Adapt library website to improve the user experience (Anne, Christine, Maria, and Emma)
  • Pilot OER program with faculty partners and Center for Faculty Enrichment (Connie)

Outreach

Foster strong relationships with our community as outlined in the Augustana 2020 Strategic Plan.

  • Expand partnerships with CORE, Learning Commons, OSL, OSID, OISL (Connie and librarians)
  • Collaborate with Augustana constituents to identify and prioritize materials for inclusion in Augustana Digital Commons (Mary and Connie)
  • Promote and educate the community about the value of Special Collections (Emma and new library director)
  • Utilize the library’s social media presence to enhance student and community engagement (Maria)
  • Capitalize on existing community partnerships with Longfellow Elementary School and Rock Island Public Library to expand services beyond campus (all)
  • Develop specialized projects for student workers (all)
  • Mentor future librarians group (all)
  • Utilize the displays and events program to promote student engagement; develop a policy regarding display resources (Maria)
  • Develop education for faculty about the nuances of open access publication and the role of Augustana Digital Commons in conjunction with Academic Affairs as appropriate (Connie, Mary, and faculty partners)
  • Participate in Sustained Dialogue groups and/or other campus conversations regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (all)
  • Participate in campus-wide emergency preparedness efforts (Christine and Connie)

Collections

Build a vibrant collection that supports undergraduate learning, research, and intellectual curiosity.

  • Explore possibilities for more inclusive additions to collection (Librarians)
  • Explore adding a zine collection (Maria)
  • Explore open educational resources and alternatives to textbook purchasing (e.g. reserve, electronic, etc.) (Connie, Mary, and Christine)
  • Improve discoverability of existing collections within Special Collections (Emma)
  • Establish communication with student groups to encourage deposit of materials in Special Collections (Emma)

Sustainability

Maintain the high esprit de corps, morale, and health of the library team; set limits and priorities that ensure a manageable workload.

  • Experiment with strategies for managing teaching load, liaison and coordinator responsibilities, and research help service/hours (all)
  • Determine Special Collections priorities and realistic service levels (Emma and new library director)
  • Monitor campus service commitments of library faculty and staff and weigh against the priority of library responsibilities (all)
  • Increase opportunities for staff/librarian relationships
    • Increase contact with hourly staff (new library director)
    • Incorporate more fun and social activities (Connie and Christine)
  • Recognize and reward excellence
    • Publicize accomplishments to the campus and alumni (new library director)
  •  Introduce new director to library and campus culture and ongoing projects (all)

Space

Utilize our library space in the Gerber Center for Student Life to be beautiful, functional, and flexible for an evolving college community.

  • Educate campus community regarding space as a service of the library to the student body (all, as appropriate)
  • Expand data collected on space usage (Circulation and Reference)
  • Advocate for the value of a variety of study and social spaces (individual quiet, group projects, study rooms, computer labs) (all)
  • Evaluate furniture needs based upon space usage data (new library director)
  • Maintain Gerber Center Steering Committee connections to facilitate cooperation for best use and security of the facility (new library director)
  • Coordinate with other Gerber Center departments on emergency practices (Christine and Connie)

The strategic plan was revised on May 25, 2018.