Collection Division Goals and Objectives 2012-2013
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 and study.
- Participate in evaluation of ebrary Academic Complete as a mediated
- Monitor campus demand for downloadable e-books for devices like
Nooks and Kindles.
- Work within a climate of budget restraint and sound stewardship.
- Employ available tools such as Encore Reporter for tracking usage,
cost-per-use for serials, and circulation patterns for books.
- Assist with review of subscriptions to identify serial titles for cancellation.
- Work with coordinators to prioritize us of available reserves.
- Investigate retrospective materials for possible purchase, including bundled
- Investigate new digital resource options for possible purchase, including
primary sources, data sets and media.
- Employ blanket approval plans to increase time-savings and discounts.
- Set a high standard before accepting gifts, to be sure that they enhance
- Involve the Development Officer in all gifts in kind activities.
- Participate in weeding and withdrawal initiatives to help solve stack space
- Review low-circulation copy 2's.
- Review serial runs for which we have content in PAO, JSTOR, etc.
- Assist in development of weeding principles and procedures, that
may include unique copies.
- Review the updated Bibliographers Manual, revised divisional web sites
and other training materials.
- Respond to changes in university curriculum and programs, including support
for sites outside East Lansing such as CHM in Grand Rapids and COM in southeast
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.
- Accurately and completely report off-the-desk reference statistics
- Strengthen liaison contacts with Colleges and Departments:
- Through liaison, educate faculty about issues in scholarly communication
and the shift from print to digital formats.
- Support the transition for any reassignments of liaison and selection
- Cooperate with faculty to bring key library resources to the attention
of students, including use of library instruction.
- Participate in ANGEL and other online education options.
- With the AD, write to new faculty hires in August, survey their serial
needs for a report to Director of Libraries, and follow up with on-campus
- Provide users with Web-based Research Guides:
- Annually review and/or update existing LibGuides for accuracy and relevance.
III. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE
Goal: Organize, maintain, control, preserve and secure the collection
for maximum utilization.
- Assist with revision of the Subject Librarians Manual to provide a source
for accurate collection management procedures.
- Complete integration of the Veterinary Medicine branch library collection
- Consider the impact of mass digitization trends on weeding and preservation,
including the availability of public domain HathiTrust materials, and the
CIC shared storage program.
- Work with conservation and preservation staff to:
- Promote awareness of procedures.
- Identify portions of the collection with the greatest preservation needs.
- Make best possible use of stack space through weeding and reliance on digital
- Take steps to preserve electronic resources:
- Seek permanent access and third-party archiving in licenses for electronic
- Participate in archiving projects through the CIC, CLOCKSS, LOCKSS and
- Support campus efforts (including cooperation with Archives) to preserve
MSU electronic publications, and the State News.
- Improve user access to materials through streamlined cataloging, indexing
and finding tools:
- Evaluate complementary and competing aspects of the OPAC and ERASMUS as
- 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 library staff assigned to Public Relations and Outreach.
- Maintain direct liaison contacts with university faculty.
- Publicize significant library collections through the Libraries Web page,
displays/exhibits, and newsletters.
- 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 and
- Cooperate with state projects such as MelCat and the MCLS electronic journal
- 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 are consistne with security and with access
for populations with disabilities.
- 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:
- Manage materials funds effectively and efficiently, including participation
in serials review and cancellation projects.
- Share information within the division:
- Coordinators: hold regular meetings for selectors in their subject area
- AD: hold coordinator meetings twice a month.
- AD: hold all-bibliographer meetings four times a year ("fifth Wednesdays").
- Post appropriate minutes for all staff.
- Carry out internal library administrative procedures on time:
- Develop personal goals & objectives for 2012-2013 in May/June 2012.
- Complete mid-year and spring merit evaluation processes in September 2012
and March 2013.
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 fundraising opportunities aimed at 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.
- Spend available endowment funds for the year, unless saving for larger
- Report on purchases from endowments each fall to the donors.
- Maintain "wish lists" that are current, accurate and descriptive.
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