Supporting the Future of Kelvin Smith Library


In June 2012, KSL welcomed a new Director of Library Development to its team, greatly increasing the library's outreach to alumni and friends of the university. The result was a strong year, as KSL exceeded its Annual Fund goal by raising $20,000 from 169 donors. Significant gifts in kind, as well as generous contributions to the General Gift Fund, were also received, bringing KSL's total amount for the year over $100,000 — the highest in a number of years.

Kelvin Smith Library also continued to make good progress toward its Forward Thinking campaign goal of $15 million by 2016. Early in the first quarter of FY14, KSL recognized two important gifts in kind: the archives of the Cleveland Play House and the archives of Ernst & Young. These priceless donations capture the founding, operation and history of both venerable Northeast Ohio institutions. With the inclusion of these gifts, KSL has raised $8,985,000 in cash and significant in kind gifts to date.

As academic libraries face financial challenges, our donors are extremely valuable partners in ensuring the continued availability of library resources. Supporters of KSL are a key component in KSL's mission of serving as the knowledge and creativity commons of CWRU. Students, faculty, staff and alumni benefit directly from programs and services made possible through this support. We sincerely thank all of our donors and look forward to continued success. To learn more about donating to KSL, click here.









Evaluating Our Success


The past year saw continued progress on KSL's identified strategic objectives, using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) management system to measure and evaluate performance. The BSC reflects KSL's strategic direction and helps communicate this vision internally and to the entire CWRU community.

The scorecard measures are "balanced" into four perspectives:

  • User Perspective — how we can fulfill user expectations.
  • Finance Perspective — how we can secure and use resources in an effective way.
  • Internal Processes Perspective — how we should organize internal processes to meet user needs and expectations.
  • Learning & Growth Perspective — how we can secure the future capability of our services.

KSL evaluates the success of its strategic objectives by following a strategy map driven by our mission and vision. Moving forward, we will continue to communicate progress through public dashboards that will be available to the entire campus.


      Click on the strategy map below to learn more about the status of specific objectives.




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