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 successes, this Plan sets forth new directions to advance scholarly inquiry, discovery and learning at CWRU by transforming our collections, services and spaces, and by collaborating with other partners to achieve the goals of the University.
The mission and vision statements remain unchanged from the last plan. The values statement (which augments, not replaces, the University values) is only slightly modified to improve clarity.
The objectives in this new plan are not independent of each other. Rather, there is significant overlap among them, presenting a complex intersection of opportunities that are in a constant and overlapping orbit around the delivery of excellent client services. This inter-relationship is illustrated in the graphic above.
Mission: KSL is the knowledge and creativity commons of CWRU.
Vision: KSL will be the information laboratory for knowledge collection, connection, creation, and curation.
Values1: Openness; Collaboration; Personalized service; and, Agility and Innovation through ongoing experimentation and assessment
Ignite discovery, research, and scholarship by aligning our expertise with the needs of researchers as they address the world’s most pressing needs.
Spark student creativity and inquiry by enhancing learning through innovations in teaching and research, and by preparing students to become leaders who will engage in lifelong knowledge discovery.
Improve the student and faculty learning and research experience by engaging with other information organizations on campus and in the region.
The following are general metrics that define ways the library and our constituents may assess our achievement of this strategic plan as a whole. As with the last KSL Strategic Plan, the Balanced Scorecard methodology will be employed during the implementation process to articulate more detailed qualitative and quantitative success metrics for each of the objectives. Ongoing reporting to the campus community on our progress will occur through online dashboards, web and printed reports, and digital signage.
1 These values are complementary and in addition to those articulated in the University’s strategic plan.
2 At the present time, the CWRU institutional peer list of ARL institutions includes: Chicago, Emory, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis, Vanderbilt, MIT, and Rochester.
3 “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), and related efforts.
4 “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 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
5 Relevant efforts include working with faculty to identify high-impact open access journals in which to publish, and exploring opportunities to lead and partner in the support of scholarly communications and intellectual property management.
6 For example, Blackboard or other University-wide research and learning technology platforms.
7 “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).
8 Examples of on-campus organizational “partnerships” include joint efforts such as provision of collaborative services, and improved coordination of small grant and other seed funding opportunities for faculty.
9 For example, Information Technology Services, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and ThinkBox.
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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