Strategic Plan

The Mission of Academic Libraries

Libraries are community organizations, where recorded information and knowledge are stored, with the expertise and tools to empower others to learn and to create knowledge in new ways.

2021 Strategic Planning Underway

Led by the Strategic Planning Advisory Group, the Libraries has been working diligently on the massive undertaking of strategic planning. Using an appreciative inquiry framework, the process began in July 2020 and is expected to end in April or May 2021, in coordination with the University’s Courageous Strategic Transformation Plan.

A partial list of activities part of the strategic planning process:

2020 Strategic Goals & Task Forces

In April 2020, the Libraries’ Strategic Planning Advisory Group identified six strategic goals and charged ten task forces to help further those goals. Task forces began their work in May 2020 and submitted their reports by December 2020.

Goal: Collective Collections

Task Force: Prioritize Collective Collections

Deliverables:

  • Current shared collection development agreements, including obligations.
  • Opportunities for more shared collection development, including pros and cons of engaging in each agreement.
  • Best practices identified from others who engaged in similar initiatives, as well as from current literature.
  • A list of tools and analysis projects which would help identify the ways in which the collection would be best leveraged for shared collection development, including which materials should be retained at CSU, in the Morgan Library, in storage, and electronically.
  • Recommendations and timeline of possible engagement in shared collection development over the next 1–3 years.

Next Steps:

  • Report completed. Further work is on hold due to position vacancy.

 

Goal: Review & Weed Lake Street Book Depository

Task Force: Weeding Roadmap & Communication Plan

Deliverables:

  • A report that identifies tools, needed analysis, best practices, timeline, sequence of events and budget.
  • A communication plan.

Next Steps:

  • Project on hold due to position vacancy.

Goal: Promote Open Access

Task Force: Contract Negotiations Strategy

Deliverables:

  • A roadmap and plan for those negotiations that identifies CSU values and priorities for contracts.
  • A report with options and recommendations for CSU.

Impact of Work:

  • Negotiations with Elsevier completed in January 2021 through the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.
  • Transformative Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press now in effect.

 

Task Force: Faculty and Stakeholder Engagement

Deliverables:

  • An outreach plan with messaging recommendations and best practices for promoting open access to faculty and other stakeholders.

Next Steps:

  • Units and individuals with responsibilities are carrying forward.

Goal: Expand Research Data Management Services

Task Force: Integrate Research Data

Deliverables:

  • Preliminary plan for geospatial data coordination.
  • Recommendations for modifying, expanding services and training as needed.
  • Communication and outreach plan.

Next Steps:

  • Units and individuals with responsibilities are carrying forward.
Task Force: IT and Research Review

Deliverables:

  • Report identifying service gaps, needs and next steps.

Next Steps:

  • Units and individuals with responsibilities are carrying forward.
  • Application review of Mountain Scholar for Institutional Repository.
  • Collaborate with CSU Vice President of IT on university-level input group.

Goal: Create an Inclusive Climate

Task Force: Operationalize Principles of Community

Deliverables:

  • Framework for units and departments to consider issues of inclusion and equity in their daily work/duties through the lens of the Principles of Community.
  • Plan for an all-library training to help staff use the framework to identify opportunities in their daily work to improve equity and inclusion in services, spaces and policies.

Impact of Work:

  • Training conducted with all staff in January 2021.
  • Work group created to focus on training and awards.
  • Placing Principles of Community throughout Morgan Library.
Task Force: Flexible and Remote Work Guidelines

Deliverables:

  • Clear and easy to understand explanations of university policy.
  • Definitions of why, when and how flexible work policies can be accommodated in the Libraries.
  • Guidelines for supervisors and managers to ensure inclusion and mutual benefit to Libraries and staff in remote working arrangements.

Impact of Work:

  • Guidelines and forms for employees and supervisors available to use in discussion.
  • Libraries HR working on further guidelines and examples. 

Goal: Improve Recruitment & Retention of Marginalized-Identifying Faculty, Staff & Students

Task Force: Develop CSU Libraries as a Culturally Relevant Institution

Deliverables:

  • Recommendations for a Culturally Relevant Institution or related model or framework to guide goals and analysis.
  • Report on peer benchmarking and aspiration goals for a Culturally Relevant Institution
  • Skills, strengths and gaps analysis to moving toward a more culturally relevant institution

Impact of Work:

  • Training conducted with all staff in January 2021.
  • Work group created to focus on training and awards.
  • Placing Principles of Community throughout Morgan Library.

Next Steps:

  • Phase 2 of project underway, based on report recommendations.
  • Integrate findings into 2021 Strategic Planning discussion.
Task Force: Goals Development

Deliverables:

  • Review existing annual review processes for all employee types.
  • Recommend goals development and processes for all employee types that fit within existing processes.
  • Develop ideas for professional development that encourage growth opportunities within the goal setting process.

Impact of Work:

  • SMART goals training conducted Libraries-wide in December 2020.
  • Libraries HR will promote training, resources and guides to continue goals development and discussions.

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