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Library Strategic Plan: Goals and Objectives

A page to describe library planning initiatives.

Goals and Objectives

Library Goals and Objectives, Aligned with the Manhattanville College Strategic Plan

Goal 1:  Design Library Services that keep Manhattanville at the forefront of individualized liberal arts and professional education.

  • Objective 1.1: Use Library Services to empower innovation and support growth in new initiatives such as the Campus Common Reading, re-designed First Year Program, Nursing, the ATLAS program, and Design Thinking.
  • Objective 1.2: Build on the strength of librarians' teaching skills to promote Information Literacy and Digital Literacy across the curriculum.
  • Objective 1.3: Maintain and upgrade both the physical and digital Library to improve service and leave strong, positive impressions.

Goal 2:  Ensure that Library Services reflect and enhance academic excellence at Manhattanville.

  • Objective 2.1:  Provide access to a broad range of top-quality information resources.
  • Objective 2.2:  Support faculty scholarship, with special attention to junior faculty.
  • Objective 2.3:  Incentivize and support disciplinary curriculum that includes Information Literacy among course learning outcomes.

Goal 3:  Deploy Library Services that enable Manhattanville students to make connections within and beyond the College.

  • Objective 3.1: Use Manhattanville archives and special collections to connect students with our history, with faculty, and with each other.
  • Objective 3.2: Configure Library the physical and digital library to enable collaboration among Manhattanville students, faculty, and staff.
  • Objective 3.3:  Provide services that connect to the world beyond Manhattanville, such as Interlibrary Loan, and that promote global awareness.

Goal 4:  Infuse Library Services with ethical and responsible behavior that makes a positive impact.

  • Objective 4.1:  Conduct regular assessments to ensure that users have a positive experience of Library services.
  • Objective 4.2:  Host programming that aligns with the College mission and has broad appeal.
  • Objective 4.3:  Ensure inclusiveness by improving Library services to remote and online learners, commuter students, first generation students, and at-risk students.

Goal 5:  Employ responsible financial stewardship in designing and delivering Library Services at Manhattanville.

  • Objective 5.1: Project and maintain budgets that reflect the enduring centrality of the Library in academic life.
  • Objective 5.2: Increase Library-oriented grant writing and fundraising.
  • Objective 5.3: Facilitate uses of library resources to generate revenue.

Future initiatives under consideration

The following Library initiatives are in the discussion stages.  This list will evolve, and Updates will follow.

  • Service
    • Improve Services to Online and Remote Learners
      • Use LTI technology to place subject-specific LibGuides on Blackboard course pages
      • Expand access points to Libchat virtual reference
      • Consider outsourcing night/weekend virtual service for 24/7 coverage
    • Curate/add career preparation resources
    • Design services for Adult Learners/Grad Students
    • Faculty Support
      • Improve research support services
      • Promote and support student-faculty research projects
    • Instruction
      • Help faculty embed IL learning outcomes across the curriculum
      • Create a suite of modular, re-usable online video tutorials
      • Develop short instructional videos for on-the-fly learning (Library Pit Stop concept)
    • LibCal enhancements
      • Curbside pickup
      • Patron-initiated room reservations for selected spaces
      • Patron-initiated Librarian appointments
    • Eliminate overdue fines for books from the stacks
    • Reassess 24/5 building access for safety/security
      • Remain open 24h during finals
    • Simplify and improve the Library web site
      Implement standardized authentication for ILLiad
    • Improve user experience on mobile devices across virtual services
    • Improve question intake, triage, and handoffs between Library service points
  • Assessment
    • Information Literacy instruction
      • Workshops
      • Online modules
      • For faculty teaching classes across the curriculum
    • Space utilization
    • Correlate Library use with undergraduate first-year retention and student success
    • Events and Experiences
      • Develop assessment criteria for the Common Reading Program
      • Develop a strategy to promote faculty-authored books
  • Collections
    • Support emerging programs in Nursing and Health Sciences
    • Plan for a future Institutional Repository (longer-term goal requiring both new and ongoing funding)
    • Continue building the Faculty Development Reading Collection
    • Revise and Update Reference collections
    • Curate print book collections with faculty input, including CVs and syllabi
    • Improve ebook holdings, using patron-driven acquisitions
    • Continue building on archives-related Initiatives, especially with digitized collections
  • Staffing
    • Plan for operating more efficiently
      • Student budget reductions
        • Absorbing NY State minimum wage hikes
        • Adapting to general calls for budget reductions
      • Consider ways to reduce staff and professional salary budgets
    • Training/development
      • Customer Service (through HR)
    • Create Student internships
      • Possibilities include marketing, exhibits/displays, peer/competitor analysis
    • Promote diversity, inclusiveness
    • Expand student workers’ roles and contributions
  • Facility
    • Develop space proposals around internal partnerships and synergies
    • Update and improve building security
    • Improve stack core
      • Infrastructure
        • Expand wifi to tiers 1-5
        • A/C
      • Appearance, comfort
        • Furniture
        • Paint
        • Lighting
    • Plan potential renovations
      • Add group study space
      • Add power outlets
    • Digital signage for way-finding and publicity
  • Administration
    • Financial initiatives
      • Seek grants and build on pervious grant-funded activities
        • Explore matching opportunities for small initiatives
      • Maximize value of membership organizations and consortium partnerships
    • Document policies and procedures centrally and comprehensively
  • Faculty and Curriculum
    • Support Design Thinking pedagogy
    • Offer scholarly resources for students in ATLAS courses
    • Continue promoting unique archival primary source materials in curriculum
    • Be a catalyst by bridging between schools, divisions, and departments
  • “Meta” initiatives
    • Encourage open access (Events, Services, Collections)
      • Foster learning and take leadership on copyright and intellectual property