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Teaching and Learning baseline assessment survey update

The Strategic Plan Working Group on Teaching and Learning has been charged with implementing the Teaching and Learning portion of the strategic plan, and our first step in doing so is to gather quantitative information to develop a profile of the teaching and learning activities we already perform. This will allow us to develop an action plan for the future. This information is being gathered via on online survey that was sent to Unit Heads in April and was due at the end of May.

We are currently at a 79% response rate, with 26 out of 33 units reporting. If you are one of the seven remaining units who has not responded, please do so quickly or get in touch with Jennifer Gilley (jrg15@psu.edu). It is very important that we include all of the available data on our teaching activities in order to create an accurate portrait of our contributions in this area.

The online survey is available at: https://surveys.libraries.psu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=8l31m76&Preview=true

A copy of the survey in Word document form can be found on the Strategic Plan Intranet at: https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/groups/intranet/strat_plan_groups.html Jennifer Gilley

Update from Advancing University Research Strategic Planning Working Group

The Advancing University Research Strategic Planning Working Group has developed tactical goals for objectives. The group used the SMART convention, an approach that uses the following criteria:

S – specific in terms of results to be achieved
M – measurable
A – ambitious
R – but realistic
T – time bound

For each tactic, the group identified performance measures as well as unit(s)/position(s) responsible. The update can be found on the Intranet at:

https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/groups/intranet/strat_plan_groups.html

The link to the Update and accompanying Appendix can be found on the sidebar.

Comments may be directed to Diane Zabel (dxz2@psu.edu) or to the entire working group.

Diane Zabel, (Chair) Benzak Business Librarian and head of the Schreyer Business Library
Nan Butkovich, head, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
Angela Davis, engineering librarian
Glenn McGuigan, business and public administration reference librarian, Penn State Harrisburg
Jennifer Norton, assistant director, Penn State University Press
James O’Sullivan, digital humanities research designer
Tom Reinsfelder, reference librarian, Penn State Mont Alto

Building a clearer picture of groups in the Libraries

StatPlanBoards

photo by Wilson Hutton

 

The Strategic Plan Implementation Steering Committee asked employees recently to list their membership in various groups, committees, and task forces, at a one-day event in Mann Assembly Room. The goal was to build a better picture of how various groups within the Libraries fit together, and how they inform different aspects of the Libraries’ strategic direction.

For more information go to Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Implementation Steering Committee members: Chris Avery, Matt Ciszek, Jennifer Gilley, Kimlyn Patishnock, Diane Zabel

First Ever Teaching and Learning Baseline Assessment Survey

The Strategic Plan Working Group on Teaching and Learning has been charged with implementing the Teaching and Learning portion of the strategic plan, and our first step in doing so will be to gather quantitative information to develop a profile of the teaching and learning activities we already perform. This will allow us to develop an action plan for the future. We will gather this information via an online survey that will be sent to Unit Heads on Monday, April 13th.

Unit Heads will distribute copies of the survey to all the Librarians and staff who do instruction in their units, then they will gather the data, compile it, and submit it via the online survey. Please do your best to answer the questions and use your best judgment about how your activities fit in to the definitions we have come up with. Our goal is merely to create a picture of what we do and identify how we can best move forward to implement our goals.

We realize that the quantitative nature of this survey leaves out many important components such as assessment of effectiveness, but it is just a beginning.

A copy of the survey in Word document form can be found on the Strategic Plan Intranet at:
https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/groups/intranet/strat_plan_groups.html
(Scroll all the way to the bottom)
Please contact Jennifer Gilley (jrg15@psu.edu) with any questions.

•Jennifer Gilley, (Chair) Head Librarian, Penn State New Kensington
•Dawn Amsberry, Reference Librarian, Library Learning Services
•Megan Gilpin, Outreach Coordinator, Library Learning Services
•Lauren Reiter, Business Liaison Librarian
•Sandy Stelts, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
•Alessia Zanin-Yost, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona

Update from Discovery, Access, and Preservation Strategic Planning Working Group

By Matthew P. Ciszek
The Discovery, Access, and Preservation Strategic Planning Working Group has been very busy over the past few months reviewing the University Libraries’ Strategic Plan and identifying strategic projects and directions related to the Discovery, Access, and Preservation goals of the Plan. We have identified a few major themes and projects, including:

  • Development of a comprehensive collections strategy encompassing all formats including print, non-print, and digital formats
  • Creation of a comprehensive preservation strategy, including space needs for future preservation and storage facilities
  • Implementation of discovery and access strategies to create an integrated search and discovery system for Libraries’ resources
  • Investigation and implementation of a new Library Management System
  • Continued support and development of digital and repository projects like ScholarSphere and a digital humanities lab

We are currently soliciting feedback from various groups across the University Libraries, and will be working on creating a responsibilities and time line matrix for these projects and initiatives over the next month. Once the Libraries associate deans are in place, we will work with them to further the strategic planning goals in discovery, access, and preservation. We welcome comments and input from anyone at the University Libraries on these initiatives and strategic planning in the areas of discovery, access, and preservation. Please let us know! (Contact working group chair Matthew P. Ciszek at mpc16@psu.edu)

Strategic Plan implementation update

Submitted by Christine Avery, director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries

The three working groups charged with implementing the Libraries 2014-2019 Strategic Plan have been meeting and making progress. Comments on the first draft of the Libraries Strategic Plan have been received from the Provost’s office. The working groups are making sure the implementation plans incorporate this initial feedback.

A draft document (Action Areas for 2014-2015) prepared by Dean Dewey was discussed by the Strategic Plan Implementation steering committee on January 23, 2015. Each action area has been assigned to at least one working group.

In other news, the working group for Teaching and Learning is planning a May 2015 survey. Quantitative information will be gathered to develop a baseline profile of the teaching and learning activities currently being performed within the University Libraries. This survey will be distributed to Unit Heads in mid-April for completion and will include data through the end of spring semester 2015. The goal will be to use the results from this survey to create an Action Plan for the future (including assessment of instructional efforts) and to track progress across successive years when the survey is repeated.

Next month’s update will include summaries of work to date and planning from the working groups on Discovery Access and Presentation and Advancing University Research.

Strategic Plan implementation updates

The University Libraries are beginning to implement the 2014-2019 University Libraries Strategic Plan. There are three working groups and a steering committee made up of the chairs of the working groups with the addition of Kimlyn Patishnock and Chris Avery. The working groups mirror the three programmatic areas of the plan and much the same process will be followed in seeking input from stakeholders and communicating regularly about progress. The charges for the three working groups can be found on the Libraries intranet at https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/admin/intranet/strat_plan_groups.html

The three working groups are:

Working Group for Advancing University Research

Diane Zabel, (Chair) Louis and Virginia Benzak Business Librarian and Head Librarian, William and Joan Schreyer Business Library
Nan Butkovich, Head, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
Angela Davis, Engineering Librarian
Glenn McGuigan, Business and Public Administration Reference Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg
Jennifer Norton, Assistant Director, Penn State University Press
James O’Sullivan, Digital Humanities Research Designer
Tom Reinsfelder, Reference Librarian, Penn State Mont Alto

Working Group for Discovery, Access, and Preservation

Matt Ciszek, (Chair) Head Librarian, Penn State Shenango
Derrick Beckner, Information Resources and Services Supervisor-Manager, Music and Media Center
Jackie Esposito, University Archivist
Ben Goldman, Digital Records Archivist
Chris Holobar, Manager, Lending and Reserve Services
Bonnie Imler, Head Librarian, Penn State Altoona
Binky Lush, Manager, Discovery, Access and Web Services

Working Group for Teaching and Learning

Jennifer Gilley, (Chair) Head Librarian, Penn State New Kensington
Dawn Amsberry, Reference Librarian, Library Learning Services
Carrie Bishop, Reference Librarian, Penn State DuBois
Megan Gilpin, Outreach Coordinator, Library Learning Services
Lauren Reiter, Business Liaison Librarian
Sandy Stelts, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Alessia Zanin-Yost, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona

— Submitted by Chris Avery, director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries

Strategic planning working groups seek your ideas

During the month of February, multiple working groups are investigating issues for the Libraries’ next strategic plan.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, we held a open forum to discuss our work in the three programmatic areas (Teaching & Learning; Discovery, Access, & Preservation; Advancing University Research). If you missed it you can watch the recording of that forum or review the rough and uncorrected notes.

On Monday, Feb.  17, at 3 p.m., Foster Auditorium and on MediaSite Live, we’ll hold our second forum of the month on the three foundational issues (Diversity; Ethics & Integrity; and Sustainability).

Today we’re releasing two surveys to give you another avenue for contributing to the development of our strategic plan.

Take the survey on Programmatic Topics

Take the survey on Foundational Issues

The working groups on foundational issues encourage you to respond to their survey before February 14, so that they can incorporate your ideas into their forum.

You can read more about the planning process on the Strategic Planning site.

January Strategic Planning update

This year, all colleges and units of the University are working on a five-year strategic plan for 2014-2019, to be submitted by July 1. Over the last few weeks the Libraries Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been working on two things:.

1. a framework to guide the further development of the Libraries five-year plan for 2014-19

2. appointing working groups to carry out deeper discussions of the libraries strategic directions.

There is a complete update on the framework and the working groups at the Libraries Strategic Planning site, where you can also comment and ask questions about the process. — Mike Furlough

Sustainability and strategic planning talk

Title: Sustainability and Strategic Planning
Presenters: Jeremy Bean and Rob Andrejewski, Penn State Sustainability Institute
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, UP / Media Site Live

By Mike Furlough

As part of our strategic planning efforts this year, the University has asked that the Libraries and all units address sustainability planning. The Libraries have taken environmental sustainability very seriously in recent years, expanding our recycling efforts and forming “green teams” to help us reduce our environmental impacts. But how should the Libraries think about Sustainability as a strategic issue? What are the unique contributions we can make to the University’s sustainability efforts?

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How will the Libraries conduct strategic planning?

By Mike Furlough, associate dean for Research and Scholarly Communications

During 2013/14, all Penn State University colleges, campuses and other major units will be developing a five year strategic plan for the years 2014-2019. Dean Dewey has asked that I lead the development of our strategic plan, so I’d like quickly outline the process and likely schedule. The University’s instructions for strategic planning can be found online on the Dean’s Office Intranet . The plan is due July 1, 2014.

Strategic planning offers us an opportunity to collectively imagine the future of the Univeristy Libraries and our role at Penn State. The last few years have resulted in enormous changes at the University, but it is likely that things will be even more different in five years. As we develop our plan, we should be thinking even further out. What are the “grand challenges” we will face in ten years?

  • How will our students be learning?
  • How will researchers discover information?
  • How will our graduates live?
  • How will our citizenry participate in a global society?
  • What must we do in the next five years to prepare for that future?

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