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Greenlease Library Strategic Plan & Assessment

Information on the Greenlease Library strategic planning and assessment, 2022 - 2025.

Greenlease Library Vision & Mission Statements

Vision Statement - Connecting Rockhurst companions and community to each other and the world to build engaged citizenry, leaders, scholars, and communities who create a more just and equitable world.  

 

Mission Statement - Greenlease Library is an essential and adaptable component of Rockhurst University, strengthening the University’s learning, teaching, research, and service goals by:

  • providing welcoming and flexible spaces in support of study, collaboration, and community building,
  • partnering with communities to enhance services and connections as a user-centered library,
  • teaching information fluency, critical evaluation, and research skills,​
  • creating and maintaining robust, diverse, accessible collections and services to support curricula and research,
  • modeling principles of social justice quintessential to Rockhurst’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and core values within library philosophy and services.

Strategic Plan Goals (2022-2025)

  • Improve library spaces to better support student learning and library services.
  • Enhance library collections to fully align with learning, teaching, and research needs of students, faculty/staff, and community.
  • Implement a user-centered philosophy within Greenlease to provide exemplary services that help companions achieve their academic and scholarly potential.
  • Increase student information fluency, critical evaluation, and research skills to be fully engaged students, professionals, and citizens.
  • Create diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives integral to library philosophy, services, and spaces that support our diverse communities.
  • Strengthen collaborative efforts to maximize resources and increase library commitment and accountability to the University.
  • Improve library best practices to provide optimal services supporting Rockhurst's commitment to excellence (Magis).

Space Outcome & Goals

Improve library spaces to better support student learning and library services:

  • Address 2nd floor ADA compliance issues. (2021-2022)
  • Get fiber optics into the library to improve Internet quality. (2021-2022)
  • Add color and new artwork to the building. (2022-2023)
  • Create a new headcount system to measure library usage. (2022-2023)
  • Move furniture into spaces vacated by shelves coming down. (2022-2023)
  • Work with marketing on better color schemes and map to the building. (2022-2023)
  • Host at least two events at our library with two different groups on campus.(2022-2023)
  • Offer outdoor chalk art and other events. (2022-2023)
  • Study various feasibility options for food and beverages.(2022-2023)
  • Survey of staff equipment needs to develop a replacement rotation. (2022-2023)
  • Photo diary of space usage. (2023-2024)
  • Install better staff desk that's inviting and friendly. (2023-2024)
  • Update M1 Computer Lab Space. (2023-2024)
  • Improve ground floor and stairwell flow. (2023-2024)
  • More comfortable, multifunctional furniture on main floor. (2024-2025)
  • Reading room for archival research. (2024-2025)

Collections Outcome & Goals

Enhance library collections to fully align with learning, teaching, and research needs of students, faculty/staff, and community:

  • Chart curriculum and changes for proactive collection development. Programmatic accreditation as well. Fuse curriculum knowledge with usage data to make informed decisions on resources. (2022-2023)
  • Consult with faculty on topic specific collection items. (2022-2023)
  • Find departmental style preferences - eBook/Print. (2022-2023)
  • Annual review/deselection plan/process. (2022-2023)
  • Sync annual renewals to begin at start of FY but after we've been given the budget. (2022-2023)
  • Regular review cycle for E.R.M., incorporating formats, CPUs, cost increases & purchase options, ILL costs.(2023-2024)
  • Explore new resource models. (2023-2024)
  • ID & address problematic/outdated catalog subject headings for better searching. (2023-2024)
  • Begin cataloging our archives (we have this functionality in Sierra).(2023-2024)
  • Identify top digitization opportunities within the Greenlease collections. (2024-2025)
  • Identify digitization best practices, equipment, and formal needs.(2024-2025)

Services Outcome & Goals

Implement a user-centered philosophy within Greenlease to provide exemplary services that help companions achieve their academic and scholarly potential:

  • Get new desktop computers on the 1st floor to improve printing options. (2022-2023).
  • Student study of study room usage. (2022-2023)
  • Create an implementation schedule for the TIPASA interlibrary loan system. (2022-2023)
  • Create assessment measures for TIPASA. (2022-2023)
  • Get new laptops for students, perhaps a laptop lending machine. (2023-2024)
  • Use savings from automation to purchase new Springshare products which aid library assessment and other services (2023-2024)

Information Fluency Outcome & Goals

Increase student information fluency, critical evaluation, and research skills to be fully engaged students, professionals, and citizens:

  • Share instructional design information for information literacy team (lesson plans, rubrics, worksheets, etc.). (2022-2023)
  • Increase professional development on instructional design for librarians. (2022-2023)
  • Interview faculty across academic programs on their instructional and research needs. (2023-2024)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Outcome & Goals

Create diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives integral to library philosophy, services, and spaces that support our diverse communities:

  • Explore how the library could be involved with RU current DEI Efforts. (2022-2023)
  • Plan special events with student organizations such as BSU and LSU. (2022-2023)
  • Do a service point study that accounts for research on BIPOC student attitudes of library services. (2022-2023)
  • Update Catalog Record Subject Headings to provide more inclusive search terms. (2023-2024)
  • Highlight diversity in archival collections.(2024-2025)
  • Propose the library become an ALA DEI fellowship and have a diversity fellowship position at Rockhurst University. (2024-2025)

Collaborations Outcome & Goals

Strengthen collaborative efforts to maximize resources and increase library commitment and accountability to the University:

  • Collaborate with Admissions to be sure tour groups are getting updated and accurate information about the library. (2022-2023)
  • Begin planning student advisory board committee including a charge & meetings. (2022-2023)
  • Partner with Learning Center on shared services and service hours in the library. (2022-2023)
  • Partner with College of Arts and Letters on book club events. (2022-2023)
  • Collaborate with Sedgwick on event using our porches. (2022-2023)
  • Partner with E-Learning to find ways to support online distance students. (2022-2023)
  • Work with marketing to make video of the library. (2022-2023)
  • Establish faculty talks in the library. (2023-2024)
  • Work with deans and faculty on consulting on program development and realistic program needs and resource allocation for long term support. (2023-2024)
  • Work with facilities, FRUL, advancement, to visit other libraries and furniture stores for ideas on new library furniture. (2023-2024)
  • Work with IRB/other research interest groups partnering to help faculty understand trends - consuming research, creating research, and publishing research. (2024-2025)
  • Join Amigos for professional development and discounts and consider Lyrisis for digitization. (2024-2025)

Best Practices Outcome & Goals

Improve library best practices to provide optimal services supporting Rockhurst's commitment to excellence (Magis):

  • Create uniform training materials for circulation & reference. (2021-2022)
  • Create an ideal/aspirational budget to grow, based on AJCU & CUPA peers. (2021-2022).
  • Review library shared documents (J Drive). (2022-2023)
  • Purchase, populate and use an Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS) to optimally track license agreements, contracts, permissions, and other data related to electronic resources. (2022-2023)
  • Create a staff development plan including professional development & visits to other libraries for ideas on quality improvement. (2022-2023)
  • Find top professional development services for libraries. (2024-2025)
  • Create an archives policy & procedures for paging materials. (2024-2025)

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