Strategic Plan 2021

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Vision & Mission

Vision

Equitable access to knowledges that empower expansive learning, intellectual growth, and joyful discovery for a sustainable, thriving planet and flourishing communities.

Mission

We partner with people on their journey to academic success, community engagement, and excellence in research, creative artistry, and scholarship. Together we navigate and evaluate information and knowledge systems, illuminate varied lived experiences, discover possibilities, and labor toward a more equitable and just society.

Goals & Priorities

Boost Equitable Access to Knowledge

  • Eliminate barriers to discovering library resources to improve user experience
  • Design library-created materials according to accessibility requirements and universal design principles
  • Expand training and opportunities for instructors to increase the use of affordable and open educational resources

Empower Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarship, and Artistry

  • Advance the CSU Libraries’ unique contributions to the University-wide coordination of Research IT access and data, as tools for research reproducibility and knowledge building
  • Enhance Geospatial Centroid services and training for open-source geospatial technologies to support approaches to environmental and social justice issues
  • Elevate open access and sustainable scholarship principles to increase CSU researchers’ impact in interdisciplinary health and environmental research

Align the Libraries’ Services and Spaces with User Needs

  • Identify and promote services for meeting users at point of need in digital and physical spaces
  • Design outreach with and for marginalized-identifying students
  • Partner with University- and college-level initiatives and programs to close student equity gaps

Center People in Employee Culture

  • Establish onboarding processes for all employee classifications that integrate with University best practices
  • Transition CSU Libraries into a Culturally Relevant Academic Library and serve as a model for academic libraries
  • Support student employees’ professional development and career aspirations

Bolster Information Literacy at CSU and Life-long Learning

  • Enhance support of All-University Core Curriculum courses that meet Colorado state requirements for information literacy
  • Advance life-long learning and information literacy and related literacies programs across Colorado
  • Integrate inclusive pedagogy into library instruction practices

Work in Progress 2021-

Task Forces to Bolster Information Literacy at CSU and Lifelong Learning

Active Task Forces:

Inclusive Pedagogy

  • Priority: Integrate inclusive pedagogy into library instruction practices
  • Start Date: July/August 2021
  • Deliverables: Not yet finalized
  • Impact of Work: In progress

Task Forces to Center People in Employee Culture

Active Task Forces:

Onboarding Processes

  • Priority: Establish onboarding processes for all employee classifications that integrate with University best practices
  • Start Date: July/August 2021
  • Deliverables: Not yet finalized
  • Impact of Work: In progress

Task Forces to Align the Libraries' Services & Spaces with User Needs

Active Task Forces:

Promoting Library Services

  • Priority: Identify and promote services for meeting users at point of need in digital and physical spaces
  • Start Date: July/August 2021
  • Deliverables: Not yet finalized
  • Impact of Work: In progress

Task Forces to Empower Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarship, and Artistry

Active Task Forces:

Geospatial Centroid Task Force

  • Priority: Enhance Geospatial Centroid services and training for open-source geospatial technologies to support approaches to environmental and community justice issues
  • Start Date: July/August 2021
  • Deliverables: Not yet finalized
  • Impact of Work: In progress

Task Forces to Boost Equitable Access to Knowledge

Active Task Forces:

Barriers to Discovery

  • Priority: Eliminate barriers to discovering library resources to improve user experience
  • Start Date: July/August 2021
  • Deliverables: Not yet finalized
  • Impact of Work: In progress

Work Completed 2020

Task Forces to Improve Retention and Recruitment of Marginalized-Identifying Faculty, Staff, and Students (Phase 1)

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:

  • Research and recommendations for framework have enabled employees to begin phase two of the plan to create and implement a new model for Culturally Relevant Academic Libraries.

Next Steps:

  • Phase 2 of project underway, based on report recommendations.
  • Integrate findings into 2021 Strategic Planning discussion.

Goals Development for Retention and Job Satisfaction

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.

Task Forces to Expand Research Data Management Services

Integrate Research Data Programs and Services

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.

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.

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.

Task Forces to Promote Open Access

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.

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 empowered and carrying forward.

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:

  • Subscribed to analytical tools for collection analysis and began training.
  • Report completed. Further work is on hold due to position vacancy.