Library Plans and Priorities (past cycles)
PRIORITY INITIATIVES 2007-2009 (as of February 2009)
Data Services Needs Assessment
In partnership with Information Services, the Libraries will conduct a pilot data audit of the UO Science departments, institutes, and research programs. At the end of the project period, we will have an inventory of data assets produced in our science departments, pertinent information about suitability and priority for curation and preservation, and one or more potential partners from the sciences for a pilot data curation project.
Team: Brian Westra, Erin O'Meara, Victoria Mitchell, Sara Stubbs (Information Services)
Timeline: Winter/Spring 2009 - Audit Survey and Interviews: Summer, 2009 - Analysis and Report
Faculty Publications Database
In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Development Office of the UO Foundation, the Libraries will improve access to information on faculty publications and research interests. Numerous units on campus need easily maintained data about faculty publications and research. The Community of Science database provides some of these data, but is not widely updated by faculty, and is not easily searchable by administrators. A locally designed and controlled database would allow both customization of user input and much greater flexibility. Furthermore, within the UO Libraries, a faculty publication database serves as a strong collection development and budgeting tool. At a minimum, success would include deliverables as of August 2009 including a maintainable collection of faculty vitas and processes for building a list of recent faculty monographs. As the first phase in a possible multistage process, this initiative should also produce usable information on costs and benefits of a variety of data management approaches, and the planning and feasibility analysis for a possible follow-on project implementing a system such as Cornell's VIVO.
Timeline: Spring/, 2009
Gift Book Process Redesign
This project seeks to improve internal efficiency in reviewing and processing gifts to the UO Libraries. It also examines policies and procedures that touch upon the donor experience. The goals include better stewardship of gifts, increased understanding of responsibilities and expectations and significantly improved turn around time for gift processing.
Improved Video Capture & YouTube Enhanced Channel
The UO Streaming Media Service was established in 2002-2003 as a collaboration of the UO Libraries (CMET:Video) and Information Services. In the initial phase, the program used the Virage software platform for capture, indexing, storage, and delivery of video content for instructional purposes. In the intervening years, the program expanded far beyond the initial Virage service to include a wide range of academic and general university content, provided via new delivery channels such as the UO Channel and the youtube enhanced channel. In a closely related development, there is increased demand for automated capture and publishing of classroom lectures. Beginning in winter term 2008, CMET began a pilot service for automated lecture capture, using the Tandberg Content Server. These diverse efforts and technologies need to be focused on the services of highest priority, and presented to the campus in a framework that is understandable to teaching faculty, administration, and campus event sponsors. It is also critical to know that UO content is findable and usable by the intended audiences of UO students, prospective students, alumni, donors, other institutions, and the general public.
Library Plan, 2005-2007
Expand access to digital images to meet current teaching needs
This initiative is focused on library-wide resources toward digitization of high-priority slide collections from the AAA VRC, individual collections of faculty members, and elsewhere. The initiative will also determine infrastructure requirements for effective delivery, including classroom presentation. More >>
Expand access to digital audio materials to meet current teaching needs
This initiative investigates and implements recommended services; examples include digital reserve listening accessible via Blackboard, licensing of online audio music audio music services, and adoption of Music Library Association guidelines. The initiative will also determine infrastructure requirements for effective delivery, including classroom presentation. More >>
Initiate a campus document delivery program
This service would convert print materials to electronic form for delivery to faculty and student desktops, and/or deliver hard-copy materials to convenient pickup locations. The initiative would require review and revision of existing lending policies as required, and a thorough assessment of benefits and costs.
Review student services provided by open-access computing labs
Initiate a collaborative study to look at all the open-access computer labs on campus with the goal of redesigning and creating a coordinated network of computer lab services to improve and unify both the Library's and the Computing Center's facilities.
Create the next-generation of Learning Commons
A "learning commons" typically involves a collaborative facility jointly developed and managed by a campus library, computing center, and sometimes other academic support units. Features include computer labs with high-end hardware for student multimedia production, collaborative computing spaces, rehearsal space for students preparing presentations, peer consultation and tutorial services, and electronic classrooms. More >>
Select, purchase, and implement meta-searching
This initiative will implement meta-search (or federated search) software, such as MetaLib, MetaFind, SingleSearch, etc. These are commercial software packages that allow users to search multiple resources simultaneously with a simple interface.
Redesign library website; create appropriate and sustainable website support and coordination
The University of Oregon Libraries' website is our primary virtual environment. This initiative would establish a permanent (rather than ad hoc) web team and begin a redesign process for a target launch of Summer 2006.
Articulate new models of reference service
Look beyond one-on-one reference desk delivery for proactive models that extend service to a larger segment of the campus community; make maximum use of the expertise of reference librarians; look for natural opportunities for collaboration and linkage (for example, Blackboard). More >>
Improve access to and use of classroom technology
Work with the Ed Tech Committee to determine and priorities and install new classroom equipment in general use and departmental classrooms. Implement improvements in faculty training options and troubleshooting response. More >>
Conclude planning for Regional Library Services Center (RLSC)
Along with key stakeholders within the Orbis Cascade Consortium, engage in final planning stage for the RLSC. As the largest future occupant in a shared storage system, and as fiscal agent for the consortium, the UO will play a leadership role in developing models for funding and operation.
Implement programs and processes in line with campus diversity recommendations
Library Diversity Committee will work with administration to improve recruitment strategies. Library Assessment team will conduct an organizational climate survey. More >>