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The UW-Madison Libraries are currently focusing on several ongoing initiatives:
The task force was charged with planning for a long-term strategic way to manage, integrate and sustain efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity in library staffing and services. They worked to prioritize projects/initiatives and recommended structure for sustained management including assessment and accountability and reporting of diversity efforts.
The Libraries are in the initial stages of a strategic planning initiative with the participation of the UW Office of Quality Improvement. A strategic framework will be developed for all libraries on campus to address issues such as management of data curation, collection content and management, preservation and storage, and instructional components and modes of service delivery. This plan will help to develop specific strategies and initiatives for the next five years to support the mission and priorities of the university.
As we strive to provide the expertise and resources needed to advance the teaching, learning, and research needs of the campus community the Libraries will:
The Libraries are developing services and resources to support the campus EI efforts and have identified key areas to address as EI involvement grows: licensing, authentication, copyright, course design consultation, e-textbooks, and plagiarism. There is a designated EI Point person, and three librarians have been assigned to the design team supporting the UW-Madison MOOC courses. This is a fast-moving and evolving issue that will require continual assessment of both opportunities and challenges. The Libraries are highly engaged in exploring the best ways to support and contribute to this campus priority.
The Libraries are participating in new partnerships and collaborations to create multipurpose learning spaces for the campus:
As we respond to teaching and research needs, both current and future, we continue to develop and grow our collections, adding over a mile of print material per year on average. The Libraries are firmly committed to retaining and curating unique content, regardless of format. Furthermore, we recognize and acknowledge our role as stewards long into the future.
A unified plan has been developed to address opportunities for retaining materials and challenges for space. Strategies include:
Construction on a new shelving facility (Verona Shelving Facility) began in 2013 and we are further building upon BTAA collaborations and other collaborations to safeguard materials.