Reaffirmed through Centennial celebration and new strategic plan.
Increased student enrollment projected.
SWU Learning Outcomes to drive most aspects of educational planning
Institutional Climate (2/3)
From 7 divisions to 3 Schools/ Colleges
More governance autonomy within Schools/Colleges
Library moved from reporting to Provost into Academic Services wing.
Librarians’ faculty status reaffirmed.
SWU Academics 2005 Library Academic Records Admissions Social Sciences Science Religion Modern Languages Fine Arts Education Business Academic Dean/VPAA
SWU Academics 2006-2008 New Boss 2005 New Boss 2007 Other Academic Services ------------------------- Library Fine Arts Modern Lang Religion Science Social Science Admissions ------------------ Academic Records Academic Services School of Education College of Arts and Sciences School of Business Enrollment Management Provost
Institutional Climate (3/3)
NASM (Music) – Sept. 2007
NCATE (Education) – Oct. 2007
SACS – March 2009
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) required to target 5-yr. assessable improvement in student learning
Library Climate (1/4)
6 staff (3 are professional) for 2500+ students
50% turnover from July ‘05-March ‘07
Broader responsibilities for new staff
Hope for additional staff through increased budget with additional students and through QEP
Library Climate (2/4)
Entire building intended for 100,000 volumes
115,000 vols. in 57% of building space
Instructional space disappearing
Dreams of Information Commons for Summer 2009
Possibility of CTL moving to library
New building being whispered about
Evatt Heritage Center Librarians created and mounted the displays!
Future Learning Commons Create open space
Library Climate (3/4)
Migration to III Millennium System
New capabilities for staff and patrons
Online renewals, e-mail notices
Interface with PASCAL Delivers
High learning curve for staff
Diacritics, overlaid records, consortial decisions vs. local decisions
Library Climate (4/4)
Access to Resources
Intranet vs. External web page
Editorial control and web page redesign
Proxy server needed for databases
Moving toward e-books and more databases for distant students’ use
Consortial funding issues
Instructional Climate (1/4)
SWU Learning Outcomes (Spring ‘06)
Developed by Academic Council
Drives changes in General Education requirements
General Education Review (2007-09)
Reduce requirements from 54 hours
Include interdisciplinary courses
Curriculum addresses SWULOs
Instructional Climate (2/4)
Center for Transformational Learning (CTL)
Directed by VP Academic Services, to whom library now reports
Includes initiative for course development using “curriculum caucus” model, possibly with librarian participating in caucus.
Instructional Climate (3/4)
Quality Enhancement Plan
Proposed by library, ratified by faculty, selected by Board of Trustees
Planning Committees broadly representative
Uncertain of outcome: 3 objects may be assessed with rubrics, may/may not address original library concerns and goals
Instructional Climate (4/4)
Information Literacy Instruction
Current program deemed inadequate by librarians and faculty
Challenges for including students at 5 regional sites
Vision Document (July 2006) shifted paradigm for library and Provost
Collaboration with Modern Languages and First Year Program with mixed results
Move towards tutorials, faculty involvement – not just presentations by librarians
R R eimagining the library’s role in the learning process has led to increased involvement in “external” institutional and instructional conversations and has sparked “internal” reappraisal of library services and space utilization.
What’s next for this session?
Would you like to:
Ask general questions?
Discuss the suggestions on your handout? (blue)
Select a couple of “Proposed Questions for Discussion?” from conference handout
Suggestions for Contributing to Climate Change
Be visible, talk with people
Lobby intelligently for a “place at the table”
Collaborate with faculty interested in student learning
Be careful about your approach
Work with other learning centers on campus
Establish credibility in the academic community
Get everyone in the library on the same page
Assess barriers with perceptions of the library
Cultivate relationships with “friendly” colleagues
Choose battles carefully
Protect your strategic position – don’t get caught in someone else’s struggles
Questions for Discussion
To what extent can/should the library be involved in climate change at the institutional level?
To what extent can/should the library be involved in climate change within the institution’s instructional environment?
What can librarians do on the institutional level to initiate a paradigm shift so that the library and its services are seen as participants in the instructional mission of the institution?
More Questions for Discussion
How do key administrators and faculty view the library’s role and the librarians’ ability to participate in the instructional mission of the institution?
In what way can the library’s traditional services be re-envisioned to contribute to the teaching and learning mission of the university?
More Questions for Discussion
In what ways can the library/librarians be catalyst agents for increasing students’ use of information across the curriculum? Is this a desirable role for the library/librarians?
How can libraries participate in shaping a strategic conversation about learning? Should they?
R eimagining the library’s role in the learning process has led to increased involvement in “external” institutional and instructional conversations and has sparked “internal” reappraisal of library services and space utilization.
We hope you have enjoyed the ACL conference. See you on the cruise!