The Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the availability of a draft for comment of the new KSL Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. This draft includes a brief summary of KSL’s accomplishments under the previous KSL Strategic Plan (2011-2014) upon which the new plan builds, an overview of the knowledge ecosystem that influenced the development of the goals and objectives of this plan, and the text of the plan itself. The mission, vision and values of the previous plan remain unchanged. The new plan has ten (10) objectives under three goals:
Please note that the current draft of the strategic plan intentionally does not include success metrics at either the goal or objective level. Metrics will be developed and after a revised plan is created based upon the comments we receive. We welcome your comments and questions about this plan!
Context: The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is central to the intellectual life at Case Western Reserve University. Achieving our goals is vital for the University to accomplish its mission and vision. Building upon our previous record of success, this Plan sets forth directions to advance scholarly inquiry and discovery at CWRU by transforming our collections, services and spaces, and by collaborating with campus and external partners to achieve the goals of the University.
Mission: KSL is the knowledge and creativity commons of CWRU.
Vision: KSL will be the information laboratory for knowledge collection, connection, creation, and curation.
Values: Openness; Collaboration; Personalized service; and, Agility and Innovation through ongoing experimentation and assessment
Goal 1: Research. Ignite discovery, research, and scholarship by aligning our expertise with the needs of researchers as they address the world’s most pressing needs.
Goal 2: Learning. Spark student creativity and inquiry, and prepare students for leadership as scholars engaged in lifelong knowledge discovery, by enhancing learning through innovations in teaching and research.
Goal 3: Shared and Collaborative Services. Improve the student and faculty learning and research experience by engaging with other information organizations on campus and the region.
 These values are complementary and in addition to those articulated in the University’s strategic plan.
 At the present time, the CWRU institutional peer list includes: Chicago, Emory, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis, Vanderbilt, MIT, and Rochester.
 “Digital Scholarship “ is a comprehensive term that in this context includes services such as Digital Case 2, open content provision of student and faculty research, big data and text mining support, digital preservation (including HathiTrust and other external partners), etc.
 “Scholarly communications” is a phrase that includes a range of activities, from advising faculty about copyright and intellectual property issues to working with appropriate campus offices to conducting research on the impact of faculty publications vis-à-vis CWRU rankings in international indexes such as the Time Higher Education World University Rankings.
 “Harmonious library experiences” encompasses many potential user experiences (such as consistent access to content resources and services) and support activities enabled by the library (such as content purchase coordination, research service support, access tools, learning communities and workshops, website unification, and simplification/standardization in policies & procedures common to users)
 On-campus organizational “partnerships” may include joint efforts such as provision of collaborative services, coordination of small grant funding opportunities for faculty, etc.
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The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.
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