Collection Division Goals and Objectives 2007-2008
I. COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
Goal: Provide a collection of information resources that will support
the identifiable research needs of the university community as well as those
of scholars worldwide.
- Select new materials needed by faculty and students for research
- Select retrospective materials, considering bundled backfiles and electronic
- Select primary sources, media and other newly available digital resources.
- Balance time-savings and discounts from blanket orders with precision of
- Evaluate standing orders on a regular basis to identify potential savings.
- Accept gifts and donations that enhance our collections.
- Respond to university curriculum initiatives:
- Monitor significant program changes and hiring decisions in Colleges
- Monitor library impact of new degree proposals in the University
Committee on Curriculum.
- Address collection implications for the expansion of the College of Human
Medicine in Grand Rapids, and the expansion of the College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Detroit.
- Maintain or increase collections in areas of strength.
II. SERVICE TO USERS
Goal: Provide instructional services and personal assistance to aid
library users in identifying, locating, and using resources.
- Provide public service through reference operations, by appointment, and/or
contacts outside the library
- Strengthen liaison contacts with Colleges and Departments:
- Educate faculty about scholarly communiction issues associated with digital
- Cooperate with faculty to bring key library resources to the attention
- Participate in ANGEL and other distance education programs.
- With the AD, write to new faculty hires in
August, survey their serial needs for a report to Director of Libraries,
- Maintain and publicize liaison and BI to all university programs, including
the new residential college.
- Provide users with Web-based Research Guides:
- Review and/or update existing guides for accuracy and relevance annually.
- As needed create new research guides using LibData.
- Assist in implementing software that improves
user access to digital resources, including OPAC upgrades (Encore), OpenURL
(WebBridge) and federated searching (MetaFind).
III. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE
Goal: Organize, maintain, control, preserve and secure the collection
for maximum utilization.
- Post accurate complete collection management procedures online:
- Improve the Collections Division web page(s).
- Correct and update the online Bibliographers Manual including links to
forms and procedures.
- Make use of software to manage/evaluate databases including usage statistics,
SerialSolutions, Electronic Resources Management, and
- Work with conservation and preservation staff to:
- Promote awareness of procedures.
- Identify portions of the collection
with the greatest needs.
- Consider "medium rare" storage of some fragile or rare books.
- Consider the impact of mass digitization trends.
- Make best possible use of stack space:
- Withdraw unneeded duplicates in the collection.
- Withdraw journal backfiles when online versionsare adequate (coverage
of content, permanence).
- Explore opportunities to contribute unwanted volumes to shared print
archive initiatives, such as CRL.
- Take steps to preserve electronic resources:
permanent access and third-party archiving in licenses for
- Participate in archiving projects through the CIC, LOCKSS
- Pursue local actions to preserve MSU-based electronic publications, in
cooperation with Archives.
- Improve user access to materials through streamlined cataloging, indexing
and finding tools:
- Support efforts to combine the OPAC and ERASMUS as a single search tool..
- Identify, obtain and load MARC OPAC records for electronic resources,
microforms and other backlogs.
- Discuss cataloging priorities and options to improve visibility for MSU
digitization projects, grey literature, RAMs, Web sites, PDFs, and titles
IV. LIBRARY PROMOTION
Goal: Promote the use of the University Libraries and appropriate information
- Work with the library Public Relations committee.
- Maintain direct bibliographer contacts with university faculty.
- Publicize significant library collections through the Features space on
the Libraries Web page.
- Develop displays/exhibits that highlight collections.
- Support seminars, lectures and colloquia that promote our collections.
- Participate in programs that reach out to campus populations that under-use
V. RESOURCE SHARING
Goal: Provide maximum access to resources for our users through cooperative
- Cooperate with CIC, CRL and other national consortia for efficiency and
- Cooperate on state projects such as MelCat and the MLC
electronic journal consortium.
- Cooperate with the MSU College of Law Library and the Library of Michigan.
VI. REMOTE ACCESS
Goal: Make Library resources available remotely.
- Purchase appropriate materials in digital formats that offer remote,
- Replace print-format resources with digital
equivalents when suitable.
- Pursue electronic resources licenses that meet our needs, including walk-in
access, ILL, perpetual access, and third party archiving.
- Pursue network technologies that facilitate remote access, consistent with
- Work with Development, the DMC, the Museum and the Archives toward digitization
of MSU collections.
- Educate users about remote access to library collections, including Distance
Learning Services support.
Goal: Provide an appropriate space and environment, and administrative
support, for research and study/services and activities.
- Keep Collection Development Policy statements current:
- Revise and update the online Bibliographers Manual.
- Manage materials funds effectively and efficiently:
- Review materials budget expenditures in light of campus curriculum trends.
- Project serials inflation estimates to minimize end-of-year purchase
- Manage TLE and unusual purchase opportunities to benefit the full range
of programs and users.
- Share information within the division:
- Coordinators: hold regular meetings for selectors in their subject
- AD: hold coordinator meetings twice a month.
- AD: hold all-bibliographer meetings four times a year ("fifth
- Post appropriate minutes for all staff.
- Carry out internal library administrative procedures on time:
- Submit personal goals & objectives for 2007-2008 in May/June
- Complete mid-year and spring merit evaluations in September and
Goal: Maintain a diverse staff with the skills to support the Libraries'
- Hire and retain staff with appropriate skills.
- Serve under-represented populations through collections, staffing, instruction
- Address library-related social issues through professional activities.
IX. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Goal: Contribute to the development and dissemination of new knowledge.
- Support staff development programs to keep staff skills up-to-date.
- Support professional and scholarly activity by members of the Division:
- Speaking, writing and other scholarly and creative activities.
- Participation in local, state, regional, national and international associations.
Goal: Seek additional sources of funding from outside the University.
- Pursue grants and fund raising targetted to library needs.
- With the library's Development Officer, manage our endowments carefully:
- Maintain accurate lists of collection-related endowments to show purposes
and responsible responsible selectors.
- Maintain "wish lists" that are current, accurate and descriptive.
- Spend available endowment funds for the year, unless saving for
larger future purchases.
- Report on purchases from endowments each fall to the donors.
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