Collection Division Goals and Objectives 2009-2010
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
- Become familiar with new procedures for e-books.
- Work within the constraints of a limited budget.
- Review standing orders to identify realistic titles for cancellation.
- Analyze collection choices using available usage and cost-per-use
- Select retrospective materials, considering bundled backfiles and electronic
- Select primary sources, media and other newly available digital resources.
- Employ blanket approval plans to increase time-savings and discounts.
- Scrutinize gifts to be sure that they enhance our collections, given processing
- Participate in weeding and withdrawal initiatives due to stack space limits.
- Assist in updating the Bibliographers Manual and divisional web sites.
- 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 support of sites outside East Lansing,
including the College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids,
Medicine in southeast MI, and the instructional site in Dubai.
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.
- Report off-the-desk reference statistics using DeskTracker.
- 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, especially
new and emerging programs.
- Provide users with Web-based Research Guides:
- Convert existing LibData guides to the LibGuides format.
- Review and/or update existing guides for accuracy and relevance annually.
III. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE
Goal: Organize, maintain, control, preserve and secure the collection
for maximum utilization.
- Help maintain accurate collection management procedures online:
- Assist in updating the Bibliographers Manual and divisional web sites.
- Make use of available resources to evaluate collection use, including ScholarlyStats.
- 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:
- Participate in weeding and withdrawal initiatives.
- Set high standards for accepting gifts.
- Take steps to preserve electronic resources:
permanent access and third-party archiving in licenses for
- Participate in archiving projects through the CIC, CLOCKSS, 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.
- Submit appropriate Web sites for inclusion in the OPAC.
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 Libraries Web page,
displays/exhibits, and liaison.
- Participate in Instruction unit initiatives to improve teaching methods
for BI sessions.
- Support seminars, lectures and colloquia that promote our collections.
- Participate in programs that reach out to campus populations that under-use
- Work with Development to promote the library to potential donors.
V. RESOURCE SHARING
Goal: Provide maximum access to resources for our users through cooperative
- Cooperate with CIC, CRL and other national consortia for efficiency
- 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.
- Remain informed about the CIC/Google Books partnership and the Hathi Trust.
VI. REMOTE ACCESS
Goal: Make Library resources available remotely.
- Purchase appropriate materials in digital formats that offer adequate license
terms, including multi-user access, walk-in access, ILL, perpetual access,
and third party archiving.
- Support distance education needs.
- 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, using the wiki format.
- Modify URLs on staff web pages to reflect new server addresses.
- Manage materials funds effectively and efficiently:
- Analyze use and costs with available tools.
- Address potential budget limits.
- Manage TLE and unusual purchase opportunities to benefit the full range
of programs and users.
- Participate in consortial deals to increase access to materials and reduce
- 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 2009-2010 in May/June
- Complete mid-year and spring merit evaluations in September 2009 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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