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College Libraries Strategic Planning 2014-2016: Goal 5: Faculty Services

Goal 5: Improve services to faculty

  1. Effectively communicate the role, purpose, and impact of the College Libraries to the campus administration as part of the ongoing leadership and budgeting transitions of the College.
    1. Clarify and affirm our instructional support role in this community.
    2. Share and discuss results of 2013 Ithaka survey with various community groups.
    3. Intentionally collaborate with other campus groups that have influence over faculty opinion.
    4. Clarify and affirm the current and future relationship between the College Libraries and the Sheard Literacy Center.
  2. Communicate the mission and goals of the libraries to the campus community.
    1. Communicate the value of the Libraries’ assistance to student success.
    2. Increase campus awareness of the libraries’ role in information literacy and teaching support.
    3. Plan and host faculty outreach events to serve Libraries’ communications goals.
    4. Build and strengthen relationships with the Center for Student Research.
  3. Develop and implement a strategy for creating sustainable innovation and excellence in our Information Literacy teaching program, considering and including:
    1. Normalizing appropriate workloads for Information Literacy librarians by defining a reasonable scope for the SUNY Potsdam information literacy program,
    2. The potential for adding additional librarians to the teaching team through use of modules, tutorials, and templates, or other innovative paths to efficiency,
    3. Participation in appropriate General Education projects and discussions,
    4. The need to support information literacy skills for online and distance students and courses.
  4. Begin active advocacy for Open Access initiatives at SUNY Potsdam, focused on existing and emerging national, SUNY-wide, and SUNY Potsdam College Libraries initiatives.
  5. Continue assessing the purpose and success of our web presence to our many constituencies, and evolving the College Libraries web services in response to that assessment.
    1. Consider building a faculty portal on the College Libraries website to enhance understanding of policies, services, copyright, etc. and enhance support of faculty research and scholarship.
  6. Explore the role of the Crane Library in our emerging Performing Arts landscape, including:
    1. the interdisciplinarity of Crane School-Performing Arts collaborations as the new Performing Arts Center opens,
    2. the interweaving of the Crane School and Liberal Arts courses of study,
    3. the potential need for media and technology literacy in the arts,
    4. the location and management of physical collections between two facilities once Crane begins serving a “mixed program” population,
    5. the need for expanded services, resources, or infrastructure in Crane Library as more students inhabit the complex,
    6. the potential shift in expectations as new faculty and programs begin to see the Crane Library as “theirs.”
  7. Assess the services of the ITC in light of evolving campus initiatives for faculty development and build an appropriate plan to meet and support faculty needs.
  8. Explore the feasibility of expanding technology training for campus faculty and staff, in conjunction with existing College Libraries staffing and programs.

    Resource Dependent Action Items:
  9. Consider and propose models to provide document delivery services to faculty to facilitate research and scholarship.
  10. Create online communications infrastructure to facilitate faculty-library discussion.
  11. Explore the possibility of implementing on-demand research services for faculty.
  12. Work with departments to ensure integration of appropriate Information Literacy instruction in department-level learning outcomes.
  13. Build a scholarship assistance lab for faculty engaged in research and creative endeavors.
  14. Support new and updated courses for faculty wishing to take advantage of the Archives and Special Collections to meet their teaching and learning objectives, and reach out to courses that are logically linked to the archival program in order to offer project support and tailored classroom instruction.
  15. Support the oral history projects begun by Drs. Heisey and Hersker, and Public Affairs, creating a deep and rich online-accessible primary source collection of SUNY Potsdam’s history.


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