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SACS Readiness Week: Comprehensive Standard


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SACS Readiness Week: Comprehensive Standard

  1. 1. Comprehensive Standards 3.8.1, 3.8.2 and 3.8.3
  2. 2. <ul><li>The institution provides facilities, services, and learning/information resources that are appropriate to support its teaching, research, and service mission . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The mission of an institution requires a broad range of resources that relate to facilities, appropriate support services, and sufficient learning/information resources. The institution has an obligation to provide support for all aspects of an institution’s mission relating to learning, services, and research. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: There is a distinction between CS 3.8.1 and CR 2.9. CS 3.8.1 requires appropriate facilities , services, and learning/information resources to support the institution’s mission; CR 2.9 requires adequate and sufficient library collections and other learning/information resources and .access to those collections. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Rationale for compliance: </li></ul><ul><li>The resources provided are appropriate for the programs of instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities and support services are appropriate and meet the needs of the university community. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>To ensure appropriate use of the library and other learning/information resources, the institution is expected to provide timely and effective access to the library/learning resources that enables students, faculty and staff to take full advantage of the learning resources provided by the institution. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Rationale for compliance: </li></ul><ul><li>The Library Instruction Program is congruent with Jackson State University’s vision and long-range goals to create an “information literate” community of self-directed and lifelong learners and scholars. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction is provided by means of classroom sessions, one-on-one interaction, online tutorials, phone and email interfaces and printed resource guides. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff—with appropriate education or experiences in library and other learning/information resources—to accomplish the mission of the institution. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A sufficient number of qualified staff is measured by the effectiveness of the delivery of services to students, faculty, and staff rather than simply the number of staff employed. </li></ul><ul><li>Qualified staff members are essential to carrying out the mission of the library. The emphasis is on overall qualifications rather than academic credentials and, that while academic credentials are primary and in most cases will be the standard qualification for library staff, other types of qualifications may prove to be appropriate. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Rationale for compliance: </li></ul><ul><li>The professional and para-professional staffs have sufficient qualifications, experience and skills to support the mission of the unit. </li></ul><ul><li>While this standard places great emphasis on qualifications of the staff, the academic credentials are also a major factor in the ability of the staff in meeting the needs of library constituents. </li></ul><ul><li>Rationale for partial compliance: </li></ul><ul><li>Standard 3.8.3 suggests that the size of staff does not in itself equate to effectiveness. Current understaffing does, however, impact the potential for greater effectiveness. </li></ul>