It was truly a remarkable year at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). As we reflect on the past, our Strategic Plan 2011-2014 provided an excellent road map guiding our accomplishments to be the “Knowledge and Creativity Commons” of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).
As we implemented our plan, KSL reached significant milestones. We reimagined library spaces to support different teaching and learning styles. A plan was developed for the next generation of the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship. New processes for book purchases and a flexible acquisitions budget model were put into place. In response to rapid changes in higher education, we became nimble and innovative to maintain high service levels that focused on providing our students, faculty and alumni with the programs necessary for cutting edge research and scholarship.
Events throughout the year showcased our fine facility. During Orientation Week, we again hosted the KSL InfoFair, which brings the campus to the library to highlight the myriad of activities, organizations and groups that engage and energize the students. Our Personal Librarian Program, which connects first year students with our library staff, resulted in our hosting the “First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference,” an event that drew 150 attendees from across the country and Canada.
By issuing the new Call for Participation and Action document, KSL is leading a campus-wide effort to bring together many constituents to deliver state-of-the-art digital scholarship services. Increased coordination of these services at CWRU presents a unique opportunity at a key moment.
The university’s new strategic plan, Think Beyond the Possible: 2013-2018, establishes a goal to “provide library information content, services and resources commensurate with those of our university peers.” As most academic libraries are facing financial challenges, we remain hopeful that during complete implementation of the new plan beginning in fall 2014, the university will establish library funding priorities to make significant strides toward this goal. Recognition that KSL is integral to CWRU being a top-notch research university is an important step as we develop our plan and look to the future.
Connecting students, faculty and alumni to KSL builds a community of lifelong learning. Our 21st century library features robust research tools, innovative ways to connect users to resources, and knowledgeable, creative staff to help navigate scholarly pursuits. We could not have accomplished so much without the hard work and dedication of our staff and generous donors. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can do even more!
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost & University Librarian | firstname.lastname@example.org