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Strategic Plan for Thomas Tredway Library

Plans and Priorities for 2019-20


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 the larger community. The library fosters collegiality and cooperation while promoting respect, embracing diversity, and encouraging the pursuit of intellectual growth and excellence.


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

  • Assist departments and programs in scaffolding library research skills within their semester-based curricula; evaluate information literacy needs of new programs, e.g., kinesiology, CSD master’s curriculum, and Honors minor (liaison librarians)

  • Collaborate with FYI/FYH faculty and FYI coordinator to integrate the newly-defined information literacy skills into FYI and FYH classes (librarians)

  • Analyze data from the 2018-2019 assessment project; develop follow-up assessments and/or adjustments to practice as appropriate (Instruction Coordination Librarian, with input from liaison librarians)

  • Develop relationship with director of International Student and Scholar Services to discuss ways the library can improve support to this population (management team)  

  • Strive to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the teaching program

    • Identify and begin to address any challenges posed by semester calendar (librarians)

    • Begin developing online tutorials to incorporate into instruction and include in LibGuides as relevant (Instruction Coordination Librarian, with input from liaison librarians)

    • Pursue professional development activity on improving instruction and assessment (liaison librarians)

    • Collaborate and coordinate between Special Collections and other instruction (librarians)

  • Transfer existing research guides into LibGuides; develop new subject guides (all) 

  • 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)

  • Revisit IL program outcomes and build into instruction (Instruction Coordination Librarian, with liaison librarians)



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

  • Develop a relationship with the Office of Disability Services to better serve student needs (management team)

  • Evaluate sense of belonging in the library among students who self-identify as people of color or multiracial; consider expanding assessment to other underrepresented students (Outreach Librarian, with input from other librarians)

  • Continue to analyze reference services to ensure they meet student needs (Reference Coordination Librarian)

    • Use J-Term as an opportunity to pilot alternative research help services, e.g., a shared service point for circulation/research help or a more robust consultation program (Reference Coordination Librarian and Head of Circulation)

    • Expand opportunities and training for research help desk student workers (Reference Coordination Librarian)

  • Build on success of ReWrite/ReSearch program by expanding to other campus buildings (Reference Coordination Librarian and Outreach Librarian) 

  • Publicize research services (e.g. infographics, social media) (Head of Circulation and Outreach Librarian)

  • Manage Alma migration and train staff as needed (Technical Services Librarian and Head of Circulation)

  • Clarify and communicate liaison relationships with interdisciplinary programs, and departments in the languages and literature division (all)

  • Continue copyright education for campus community (Head of Circulation)

  • Evaluate development of Augustana Digital Commons for open-access scholarship, creative works, and college documents (Digital Commons Librarian and Technical Services Librarian)

  • Adapt library website to improve user experience and accessibility (Head of Circulation, Outreach Librarian, Technical Services Librarian, Evening Circulation Supervisor, and student representative)

    • Assist with pages and information regarding Special Collections (Special Collections Librarian)

  • Evaluate first stage of OER program to determine extent of adoption and benefit to students;  employ results to develop second stage of program (OER Librarian)



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

  • Collaborate with Augustana constituents to identify and prioritize materials for inclusion in Augustana Digital Commons (Technical Services Librarian and Digital Commons Librarian)

  • Promote and educate the community about the value of Special Collections (Special Collections Librarian and Instruction Coordination Librarian)

  • Use the library’s social media presence to enhance student and community engagement (Outreach Librarian)

  • Develop and publicize  Spectrum discussion group on campus (Library Director)

  • Explore potential partnerships with high schools in the Illinois Quad Cities (Outreach Librarian)

  • Maintain community partnerships with Longfellow Elementary School and Rock Island Public Library (all)

  • Use displays and events to promote student engagement (Outreach Librarian)

  • Explore possibilities for educating faculty about the nuances of open access publication and the role of Augustana Digital Commons (OER/Digital Commons Librarian, Technical Services Librarian, and faculty partners)

  • Participate in Sustained Dialogue groups and/or other campus conversations regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (all)

  • Publish an annual report (Library Director with input from all)




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

  • Develop a weeding policy/procedure and review/revise collection development policy to ensure a vibrant and inclusive collection (all)

    • Prioritize new departments and programs  

  • Intentionally add more inclusive materials to collection (librarians)

  • Continue developing zine collection (Zine Librarian)

  • Improve discoverability of existing collections within Special Collections (Special Collections Librarian)

  • Establish communication with student groups to encourage deposit of materials in Special Collections (Special Collections Librarian)



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 in the context of semesters and J-term (all)

  • Determine Special Collections priorities and realistic service levels (Special Collections Librarian and Library Director)

  • Monitor campus service commitments of library faculty and staff and weigh against the priority of library responsibilities (all)

  • Mentor new faculty librarian as she navigates her new position as research and instruction librarian, liaison to the natural sciences division, and coordinator of OER/open-access initiatives (Outreach Librarian, Technical Services Librarian, and all)

  • Arrange for new library employees to complete Strengths Finder assessment; evaluate strengths balance of team on an ongoing basis (Library Director)

  • Increase opportunities for staff/librarian relationships (Library Director)

    • Increase contact with hourly staff (Library Director)

    • Organize one team building event per semester (Library Director)

  • Recognize and reward excellence

    • Publicize accomplishments to the campus and alumni (Library Director and Outreach Librarian)



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

  • Educate the 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 departments)

  • 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 (Library Director)

  • Participate in campus-wide emergency preparedness efforts (Head of Circulation and Library Director)

  • Use LibCalendar to reserve library spaces and study rooms (all)

The strategic plan was revised on September 27, 2019.