Strategic Directions

Collections & Access

Provide access to outstanding and authoritative collections and information services that are central to the success of the University research, teaching, learning, and clinical care programs.

Books and ComputerEnsuring that researchers, scholars, and students have access to the collections and information resources they need to be successful is at the very core of the Libraries' mission to connect people with knowledge. We effectively meet the information needs of UW users and stakeholders in the context of changing user needs, emerging formats and access models, and the networked, collaborative environment in which we operate. We save users' time and increase their productivity.

Focus Areas

    • Provide access to world-class collections at the UW
      We work collaboratively to support research, teaching, and learning by providing access to world-class collections. We act as stewards of the scholarly record by developing and preserving our local collection, and provide access to the hidden treasures within it to the University, the region, and the world.
    • Expand and improve access to online resources
      We provide descriptions and tools that expand the ability of users to discover and request materials from sources beyond the UW’s campus collection. We prefer online access when it best meets the needs of users but recognize that the availability of digital content varies across disciplines and geographically, and that there are instances where other formats are more effective..
    • Align collections and access strategies with current and emerging university needs
      We employ a variety of collection and access strategies to meet the information needs of UW users and stakeholders. We optimize the use of our print collection spaces through collaborative arrangements with trusted partners.

    Projects

    What is it?Description Progress as of Fall 2016
    3-Campus Undergraduate E-book Approval Plan The new e-preferred approval plan leverages 3-campus funding to increase access to e-books aimed at an undergraduate level audience. In progress
    Collection assessment program Enhance and strengthen our collection assessment program to ensure that we are providing access to the resources users need in the most cost effective manner. In progress
    Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Research & Scholarship, Teaching & Learning, Engagement & Community) Libraries staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Similarly Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users. In progress
      Print Serial Deduplication Project

        Develop and implement a plan to withdraw unneeded print serial volumes from UW Seattle Libraries locations under 2 conditions:

        1. We have access to a complete and persistent electronic surrogate, and
        2. We have access to a print copy through one of our trusted consortial partners e.g., the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) or the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).

        Complete.

        • 1,539 titles were withdrawn, yielding over 200 linear feet of space. Of these, 107 volumes were sent to partner WEST libraries to fill in gaps, and 83 volumes were sent to JSTOR to supply missing content.
        • Due to the success of the project, planning for incorporation into normal workflows.

        Research & Scholarship

        Advance scholarly productivity and communication through our services and expertise.

        BeakersThe Libraries provides services and expertise to strengthen current and emerging research and scholarship practices at UW. We advance research, scholarship and clinical care through the creation, dissemination, transformation, preservation, and exchange of new and existing knowledge in partnership with scholars and researchers.

        Focus Areas

        • Provide expertise and support for data management and digital scholarship
          We support data discovery and management through an array of online tools, services, and staff expertise. We partner with other campus organizations to support and facilitate digital scholarship activities.
          • Actively support all aspects of the research process
            We partner with faculty and students at the University to support not only discovery of and access to our collections, but we also aid in the management of scholarship and making accessible the exceptional work accomplished.
          • Advocate for sustainable alternative publishing models
            We are invested in making UW-produced scholarly content freely available, including direct financial support for open access publishing, and providing open access institutional repositories such as ResearchWorks Archive.

          Projects

          What is it?Description
            Data Repository development and implementation

              We plan to to develop, implement and manage a data repository using the open source framework of Fedora and Hydra. Libraries ITS will provide software configuration, development and system administration for the repository platform. This is a three-year pilot to more accurately identify cost of management and interest in a data repository at UW.

                Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force
                  The Libraries is interested in working with campus partners to expand awareness of open educational resources, and in particular, open textbooks. The OER committee is charged with reviewing the existing Open Textbook initiatives, considering approaches to raising awareness among faculty, librarians and allied staff, recommending a course of action (workshops, colloquia, pilot program, etc.), and proposing a budget to supported the recommended course of action
                    Digital Scholarship Task Group
                      The Digital Scholarship Task Group is charged with reviewing the vision laid out by the Digital Humanities Planning Committee and identifying practical ways of implementing this vision. The primary project for this group is the creation of a Digital Scholarship (DS) website that will serve as a virtual concierge service for DS scholars around the University.
                      Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Collections & Access, Teaching & Learning, Engagement & Community) Libraries' staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Similarly Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users.

                      Teaching & Learning

                      Equip students and faculty with the appropriate skills to be successful researchers, scholars, and informed global citizens.

                      Mortar Board The Libraries plays a critical role in integrating information resources, learning technologies, and research skills within University curricula, clinical services and other related programs. We collaborate with educators to develop and deliver a 21st century education to a diverse community.

                      Focus Areas

                      • Use assessment to improve teaching and learning and promote the Libraries' role in students' academic success
                        We play a crucial role in imparting information literacy skills to students through in-Libraries and online programming as well as instruction provided in partnership with UW academic departments. We set student learning goals, employing multiple assessment strategies to evaluate and anticipate the changing information needs of the UW's diverse community of users.
                      • Strengthen services to students new to the UW to enable their academic success
                        We recognize the unique challenges faced by new students coming to the UW and prioritize early outreach to incoming freshman, transfer, and international students. To prepare new students for academic research, UW librarians introduce important information concepts, skills, and strategies through targeted orientations, instruction embedded in first-year courses and one-on-one consultations.
                      • Support the unique and emerging needs of online and active learning
                        We are an educational technology leader at the UW, always seeking new and more effective ways to leverage resources to meet learning needs of students both on campus and remotely. Library technologies, facilities, and expertise enable students to actively engage with information at their point of need.

                      Projects

                      What is it?
                      Description
                      Active learning Classroom assessment The assessment project for the Active Learning Classrooms in Odegaard Library seeks to understand what challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning instructors and students perceive in these new environments. The project is also gathering data to inform best practices for active learning strategies, appropriate ALC support plans, and future classroom designs.
                      Library Impact on Student Learning Research UW Libraries is one of twenty academic libraries involved with the GWLA Student Learning Impact Study. This study will measure the impact of librarians' educational interventions on freshman student success and to see if different types of instruction have a significant impact on student retention or student GPA. The GWLA research will help provide a model, methodology and best practices for investigating library impact on student learning research for the UW Libraries teaching and learning program.

                        Canvas integration
                          In 2014, the Libraries partnered with UW-IT in order to design a custom page dedicated to the promotion of library resources in the university’s Canvas course template. Page content was designed to be dynamic, so that the resources promoted would change slightly depending on the curriculum code associated with the course. In Fall 2014, this “UW Libraries” page was upgraded from an optional tab in the course navigation to a default tab, to appear unless explicitly turned off by the instructor.
                            Libraries integration into First Year Experience initiatives
                              Working with the Office of First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and other groups on campus, design programs to make all entering first year students and transfer students aware of the library and its resources. Some examples of programs are Odegaard Library's Dawg Daze Open House, First Year Interest Group (FIG) research assignment, promoting the libraries during orientation sessions, and participating in campus-wide initiatives such as University 101 MOOC (what it means to be a student at a large research university) and Thrive@UW (weekly messages sent to first year students to make them aware of various services available on campus).

                                Online tutorials (How Do I…/YouTube/Research 101/FAQ)
                                  Based on results of the 2012-2014 Tutorials Assessment Project, the Online Learning Subcommittee (OLS) is redesigning the UW Libraries’ online tutorials portal to better reflect the needs and preferences of its primary user demographic. The new Frequently Asked Questions portal will allow for a non-video tutorial formats, increase accessibility, and greatly reduce the overall number of tutorials promoted on the Libraries’ main website.
                                    Survey UWS International Students
                                      1. Assess needs of international / ELL students through environmental scan, literature review, user needs assessment, or other methods.
                                      2. Develop recommendations for policies, programming and support for international / ELL students.
                                        UWB Library Information Literacy Outcomes
                                          We will revisit our information literacy (IL) student learning outcomes in light of campus-wide conversations around developing the UWB undergraduate learning outcomes for IL, and the finalization of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. Part of this includes mapping which outcomes we are addressing (or not) across our IL curriculum and making necessary adjustments to the outcomes and/or our teaching.
                                            UWT Library Teaching & Learning Program
                                              Conduct curriculum mapping for all courses taught on campus to assess our sequencing of information literacy skills.
                                              Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Collections & Access, Research & Scholarship, Engagement & Community) Libraries' staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users.

                                              Engagement & Community

                                              Work as a trusted partner with users and stakeholders to continuously improve a library that is an integral part of the UW experience.

                                              HandshakeThe Libraries is a trusted, service-driven organization that transcends disciplinary and administrative boundaries. Our virtual and iconic public spaces serve as research, learning, and discovery commons designed to encourage inquiry and be an integral part of the UW experience. We engage with our local and global community to promote the value of the library and support its resources and services. We assess user and institutional needs, measure the effectiveness of our efforts, and use those results for continuous improvement and innovation.

                                              Focus Areas

                                              • Provide productive and user-centered library spaces and experiences
                                                We integrate library services into user spaces and workflows, and use assessment to optimize our library spaces. We meet users where they areanytimevia online tools and services, and train library staff to create effective online content.
                                              • Use integrated communication strategies to promote our resources, services, and value
                                                We use multiple communication methods and platforms to reach out to user communities and actively market our services and resources in order to ensure that they can take full advantage of all that the Libraries can offer. We share with our institutional partners the value of Libraries services and resources for research, scholarship, teaching and learning, and student success.
                                              • Advance the mission of the Libraries through community support and collaboration
                                                We partner with donors and supporterslocally and internationallyto build programs, collections, and resources for our users.

                                              Projects

                                                What is it?Description
                                                  2016 Triennial Survey
                                                    The Triennial Survey will go out to all UW faculty and graduate students, and a sample of undergraduate students, in Winter/Spring 2016. This work involves the revision and administration of the survey, as well as the analysis and communication of results.
                                                    Achieve (and surpass) Campaign goal ($25M) Unite donors’ highest philanthropic interests with Libraries’ greatest philanthropic priorities. Increase outreach to donors with Libraries affinities to discover, qualify, and increase the number of Dean’s Circle ($1,000+) annual donors, and explore the feasibility of high-value naming gifts over the next two years.
                                                    Engage with and prioritize high value donors
                                                    Leverage engagement activities (e.g events, appeals, etc.) with outcome of populating major gift pipeline.
                                                      Design Thinking @ OUGL
                                                        This project focuses on exploring the use of a Design Thinking/Service Design approach to assessing and improving services for undergraduate users of Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
                                                        Efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce Review, assess, and implement the Libraries Diversity Plan, promoting the inclusion of diversity into our culture, working with University individuals to identify and take advantage of opportunities related to diversity. Partnering with Librarian Liaisons to help bring in speakers to educate staff on their particular area of studies/work
                                                        Implementation of LibAnalytics Insight During 2014-15, a review of instruction, consultation, and reference statistics (and the tool we use to collect the stats) was undertaken. The groups involved made a recommendation for the purchase of LibAnalytics Insight, which will make the collection and reporting of Libraries data easier for staff.
                                                        Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Collections & Access, Research & Scholarship, Teaching & Learning) Libraries' staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users.
                                                        Libraries Data & User Privacy (Also part of Organization & Effectiveness) Develop policies and procedures relating to the collection, storage, and use of user data generated/collected by the Libraries. Examine current policies and processes of other UW units (e.g. UW IT), explore how peer libraries are dealing with the issue of user privacy and data use for improvement, and propose ideas to help guide informed decision-making in the Libraries around these issues.

                                                        Organization & Effectiveness

                                                        Develop and invest in staff resources and expertise to focus on strategic priorities and new ways of working.

                                                        PeopleThe Libraries values the diversity and expertise of staff and recognizes their critical role in the success of the organization. We prepare current staff for future roles and recruit outstanding and diverse new staff in anticipation of workforce transitions, collaborative environments, and the emerging needs of the University. We strive to appropriately compensate new and current staff, understanding that it is paramount to retaining and recruiting talented, enthusiastic and innovative employees. We improve the ways in which we work to more effectively anticipate and meet new and ongoing user needs.

                                                        Focus Areas

                                                        • Plan for future workforce transitions and needs
                                                          We respond to changing staffing requirements and levels with flexibility, considering not only the overall objectives of the Libraries but also the needs of individual areas and staff members. We assess our current organizational structure and make staffing decisions with an eye to future opportunities and growth.
                                                        • Create an environment of support and opportunity for all staff
                                                          We foster an organizational climate of appreciation, where staff at all levels are recognized for their valuable contributions. We provide the best possible resources, opportunities and encouragement for staff to grow, learn and advance within the Libraries.
                                                        • Transform work processes and build efficiencies
                                                          We seize opportunities to employ new tools, systems, and partnerships that improve how we work. We value, develop, and strengthen the skills, expertise, and achievements of staff who move us forward.

                                                        Projects

                                                        What is it?
                                                        Description
                                                          Functional Directory
                                                            The purpose of the Functional Staff Directory Task Force is to explore, identify, recommend, and implement a product and/or solution that will identify Libraries’ staff by unit, job title, specific responsibilities, specialty area, and/or knowledge set.
                                                              Human Resources/Payroll (Workday)
                                                                Implement new UW Human Resources/Payroll System replacing the legacy system HEPPS/OPUS.
                                                                  Libraries Organizational Realignment
                                                                    Phase I: recruit for new Collections and Content Associate Dean. Realign Research and Learning Services. Create Distinctive Collections organization unit (Special Collections, Areas Studies and other appropriate collections).

                                                                      Organizational Review Initiative (ORI)
                                                                        The goal of this initiative is to review the Libraries' organizational structure in result and anticipation of key retirements and realign our services and resources to better meet the needs of our users.
                                                                          Supervisor Training
                                                                            To create a supervisor in-service training in connection with new employee orientation.The training will also be for staff who are already employees and become supervisors.

                                                                              Efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce
                                                                              (also part of Engagement & Community)

                                                                                Reviewing, assessing and implementing the Libraries Diversity Plan, promoting the inclusion of diversity into our culture, working with University individuals to identify and take advantage of opportunities related to diversity. Partnering with Librarian Liaisons to help bring in speakers to educate staff on their particular area of studies/work
                                                                                Libraries Data & User Privacy (Also part of Engagement & Community) Develop policies and procedures relating to the collection, storage, and use of user data generated/collected by the Libraries. Examine current policies and processes of other UW units (e.g. UW IT), explore how peer libraries are dealing with the issue of user privacy and data use for improvement, and propose ideas to help guide informed decision-making in the Libraries around these issues.