Library Action Plan (2010-2011)

In the Ottenheimer Library’s Vision Statement we commit ourselves to three areas of excellence.  Working from these general areas, we have articulated the following more targeted strategic actions for 2009 – 2012.

1. COLLECTIONS
Build and maintain collections that support faculty and students in their teaching, learning, and research.  (Ottenheimer Library Vision Number 1)

  1. Conduct the Association for Research Libraries Collection Analysis Project (CAP)
    • Conduct Phase 1 of CAP and submit Interim Report (October 2010)
    • Conduct Phase 2 of CAP  (November 2010–)
      • Form Budget and Collection Management Work Groups (November 2010)
      • Survey peer libraries (November to December 2010)
      • Compile and analyze survey results (December 2010 to March 2011)
      • Examine workflow, procedures and policies (January to June 2011)
      • Submit Final Report (Expected by June 30, 2011)
  2. Update the collection development policy
    • Deferred until the conclusion of CAP

2. FACILITIES
Create a state-of-the-art library facility to enhance academic teaching, learning and research at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  (Ottenheimer Library Vision Number 4)

  1. Renovate Library to maximize use of collections and services.
    • Reassess collection locations. (Ongoing)
    • Work with campus Facilities Management and architect to create new area to house Cataloging, Collection Development, Acquisitions and IT. (Completed 2011)
    • Work with campus Facilities Management and architect to renovate fifth floor to house collections and create conference room. (Completed 2011)
    • Work with Facilities Management in renovating library elevators. (Completed Summer 2011)
  2. Create an inviting, comfortable, and modern environment conducive to study, research, and the exploration of new technology.
    • Request funding for comfortable furniture and study table chairs. (Ongoing)
    • Replace computer station chairs. (Completed Fall 2010)
    • Replace trash receptacles. (Completed Fall 2010)
    • Work with campus Development Office to have building power washed and painted. (Completed Fall 2010)

3. TECHNOLOGY
Identify library technology needs and develop a plan for continuous improvement; evaluate the usability of existing library interfaces; review alternative products and solutions, and recommend technology and interface improvements as needed to provide effective universal access to information resources and services.  (Ottenheimer Library Vision Number 1)

  1. Evaluate and redesign the Library Web site
    • Assist UALR Web Services in the design of new Web site (Completed May 2011)
    • Oversee the initial migration of Web content to WordPress (Completed May 2011)
    • Integrate search into Library Web site (Completed August 2010)
    • Deploy new Web site (Completed May 2011)
    • Assist UALR Web Services in usability testing (Deferred to 2011-2012)
  2. Evaluate and recommend improvements to Library user interfaces
    • Evaluate discovery systems and make recommendation (Completed October 2010)
    • Implement new interface as part of new Web site (To be completed June 2011)
    • Review and update existing 3rd party interfaces (e.g., EBSCOhost, Serials Solutions and Innovative Interfaces) for better usability and interoperability (Ongoing)
  3. Coordinate the use of technology in the promotion of Library services and resources
    • Maximize the use of Indesign to create electronic news announcements and enhance marketing outreach capabilities (Deferred to 2011-2012)
    • Develop an infrastructure for a coordinated program of Library marketing and outreach using multiple formats and interfaces (Ongoing)
    • Work with the Office of Communications to more proactively market Library’s activities, resources and services (Ongoing)
    • Investigate new communication opportunities and technologies (Ongoing)
  4. Investigate emerging library technologies and technology trends
    • Identify emerging library technologies applicable to the Library (Ongoing)
    • Promote the awareness of library technology trends with Library faculty/staff (Ongoing)