Strategic Initiatives

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    Module development: “Library Database Search Strategies for STEM Research.”

    The Science and Engineering Libraries and the UW-Madison Libraries Teaching and Learning Programs office developed an asynchronous learning object to instruct STEM students in effectively searching or scientific articles. This object is entitled “Library Database Search Strategies for STEM Research.”
    May 2022 to August 2022
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    Canvas Module for College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) / STEM-Focused First Year Seminar Courses

    The Science & Engineering Libraries, after consultation with CALS Academic Affairs, developed an asynchronous Canvas module for first year seminar courses offered through CALS and which could also be suitable for first-year seminar courses through non-CALS STEM departments. This module is entitled “UW Libraries: Your Partner for Academic Success.”
    May 2022 to August 2022
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    Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit workshop series

    The Inclusive Manager's Toolkit training program provided tools to enhance managers' skills and create a shared understanding of what it means to be an effective manager with an EDI lens.
    April 2022 to June 2022
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    Canvas LTI Gradebook Project

    The UW-Madison Libraries are developing an LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) that will report an unmediated grade into the Canvas gradebook when students complete an online library instruction module.
    March 2022 to October 2022
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    Liaison & Research Support Toolkit

    The Liaison & Research Support Working Group (LRSWG) is building the Liaison & Research Support Toolkit.
    January 2022 to August 2022
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    GLS Workplace Climate Survey

    The UW-Madison General Library System (GLS) launched an online survey to assess workplace climate for all GLS employees, including student employees, as part of an ongoing effort for the GLS to provide a supportive and inclusive workplace. The Climate and Staff Engagement (CaSE) subcommittee was charged with conducting the survey and worked with the UW Survey Center to administer it.
    November 2021 to August 2022
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    Explore Expansion of Evidence Synthesis Services to Researchers

    With increasing requests for evidence synthesis support from STEM researchers, the Science & Engineering Libraries are exploring options for how to expand this service to researchers in disciplines beyond the health sciences and are developing competencies in collaborating on this unique type of research.
    September 2021 to June 2023
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    Odyssey Beyond Bars Expansion

    The UW-Madison Libraries expanded their instructional participation in the Odyssey Beyond Bars program for students incarcerated in Wisconsin state prisons.
    September 2021 to March 2022
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    Re-engage Stakeholders with the Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan

    The UW-Madison Libraries, with the help of library staff and campus stakeholders, will re-engage the Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan (FMP), in an effort to understand the rationale for an expanded Libraries Collections Preservation Facility.
    July 2021 to December 2022
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    Ongoing Strategic Communication around Space Planning

    This initiative is focused on guiding the library staff and other stakeholders’ understanding of the broader context of library space planning and how it connects with their work, research and study.
    July 2021 to June 2025
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    Dryad Data Repository Membership

    UW-Madison is now a member of Dryad, an open-access data repository where researchers can publish and publicly share their research data to comply with publisher and funding agency public access mandates.
    July 2021 to June 2025
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    ESL 117 Session 1 Online Module

    The UW-Madison Libraries re-designed the first session of the two-part library engagement with the course English as a Second Language 117.
    June 2021 to August 2021
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    Libraries Intro to Plagiarism Tutorial

    Teaching & Learning Programs eLearning Team made significant updates and additions to the 2016 Plagiarism Tutorial to improve content and accessibility, and make the tutorial more inclusive of the experience of international students
    June 2021 to May 2022
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    Comm-B Canvas Modules Updates

    UW-Madison Libraries' Comm-B Canvas Commons module updates include new online activities, new videos, updated content, and a more streamlined page design within Canvas.
    May 2021 to August 2021
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    Finding and Using Industry Standards Learning Object

    The Science & Engineering Libraries created a new learning module for engineering and design students to learn about Industry Standards, a critical piece of information to evaluate before embarking on a design or engineering project, and which are often more critical to consult than related research literature.
    April 2021 to August 2021
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    General Business 360 Online Library Instruction

    UW-Madison Library Staff developed an online library instruction module that covers all Communication B library learning outcomes for the General Business 360 course.
    March 2021 to July 2021
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    Humanities Education for Anti-racism Literacy (HEAL) in the Sciences and Medicine

    The UW-Madison Libraries are collaborators on the Humanities Education for Anti-racism Literacy (HEAL) in the Sciences and Medicine project, which received a $5M grant from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Future Initiative.
    January 2021 to December 2023
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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Micro-courses

    In partnership with the Student Affairs Office of Inclusion Education, the libraries developed two pilot micro-courses to help all instructors in considering DEI when designing and implementing their teaching.
    December 2020 to August 2021
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    Literature Reviews in the Sciences Micro-course

    The Science & Engineering Libraries, in collaboration with The Writing Center, developed an asynchronous, interactive micro-course based on the content of a highly attended in-person workshop, co-taught between the UW Libraries and the UW Writing Center.
    November 2020 to May 2021
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    Python and R Programming Workshops for Researchers

    The Libraries have partnered with the UW-Madison Carpentries Community to provide Python and R workshops that teach essential programming skills to researchers engaging in computational analysis in myriad disciplines across campus
    September 2020 to June 2025
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    UW-Madison Data Storage Finder

    Research Data Services and DoIT partnered to create the Data Storage Finder tool, which is aimed at helping researchers at UW-Madison navigate the centralized research data storage options that fit their needs.
    August 2020 to March 2021
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    Researcher Toolkit

    The Researcher Toolkit is a joint project between WID, the Data Science Hub, the UW-Madison Libraries, and DoIT
    July 2020 to June 2021
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    Safety, Security, and Policing in UW-Madison Libraries: Guiding Questions

    The UW-Madison Libraries Equity and Diversity Climate and Staff Engagement subcommittee is working on providing a series of questions and resources intended to engage library staff with the topics of safety, security, and policing in the Libraries and to identify areas for further collaboration and trainings.
    June 2020 to June 2025
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    UW BIPOC Student Voices Reader

    The UW BIPOC Student Voices Reader is an open anthology of Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC) student written essays with a focus on their experiences as students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and how these experiences are informed by their marginalized identities.
    April 2020 to May 2022
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    Hybridizing the IntroBio152 Library Lab

    The Science and Engineering Libraries created an online version of the Bio 152 Library Lab.
    March 2020 to September 2020
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    Pandemic Response Communication

    In the wake of the COVID pandemic, operations were rapidly shifting throughout the entirety of campus in ways they never had before. In response, the communications team needed to make sure they provided the most up-to-date and accurate information with regards to health and safety, service offerings, and language around communicating these changes to the general public.
    March 2020 to June 2025
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    Digital Preservation Repository

    The development of a digital preservation repository is a critical step towards strengthening our capacity to preserve digital objects and artifacts, e.g. texts, images, recordings, electronic theses and dissertations, and ensuring that these research resources will remain accessible for future generations of scholars.
    January 2020 to June 2023
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    Measuring and Maximizing Impact Service

    The UW-Madison Libraries have launched an expanded suite of services that can help researchers from all disciplines build their digital identity and assess the impact of their research.
    January 2020 to December 2021
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    Coordinating Cultural Heritage Collections at UW–Madison

    Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Chazen Museum and the UW-Madison Libraries, this project will extend the application of our discovery platform and digital collections infrastructure to provide discovery of resources held by other cultural heritage organizations on campus.
    January 2020 to June 2023
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    College Library’s Meeting about Meetings Committee

    College Library’s Meeting about Meetings Committee’s primary goal is to make meetings effective and inclusive for everyone as much of the time as possible.
    November 2019 to September 2022
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    Rapido Development Partner Project

    UW-Madison Libraries joined Ex Libris’s Rapido Project as a development partner in the Fall of 2019. Rapido implements the functionality described in the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) white papers on next generation discovery and delivery. The vision in those papers is to extend discovery platforms to easily answer the question: Can I get this item through my library? And the discovery platform should respond with options for format, time-to-delivery, duration of loan, and cost, if any, so patrons can select the option best suited to their needs.
    October 2019 to January 2022
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    Transforming Library Spaces: Examples that Support Research, Teaching & Learning

    This effort aims to provide examples of library space projects across campus that support and actively engage users in research, teaching, and learning. Identify exemplary spaces from other institutions to support aspirational projects to be developed.
    September 2019 to June 2022
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    Teaching & Learning E-Learning Plan (2021-2023)

    The Teaching & Learning E-Learning Plan aims to position UW-Madison Libraries to be responsive and proactive to aligning with this changing campus landscape.
    August 2019 to August 2021
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    Canvas Dashboard for Library Services

    The dashboard helps to strengthen the online student experience by providing a centralized path to appropriate library services in the Canvas environment for all courses across campus. Canvas is the campus learning management system.
    August 2019 to August 2021
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    Equity and Diversity Committee Strategic Plan

    This 3-year strategic plan (2019-2022) provides a set of goals, objectives, and action items to UW-Madison Libraries leadership, the Libraries’ Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC), and all library staff.
    January 2019 to December 2022
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    EMMA (Educational Materials Made Accessible)

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a grant to support the second phase of a collaborative project to reduce the duplication of conversion of textbooks and other materials into alternative formats for students with print-related disabilities. The “Federated Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education II (FRAME II)” project will be led by the University of Virginia, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, McBurney Disability Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Press, and a number of other universities. This has been a long-standing issue, and UW-Madison is interested in helping to develop a solution, for the benefit of both students and our disability service offices.
    January 2019 to March 2023
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    Innovation Fund

    An Innovation Fund was established “to explore, deploy and learn from the creation of new services, programming, technology and staff opportunities."
    December 2018 to June 2021
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    ResearchERS began as an-in person, year-long programming initiative to introduce undergraduate students to research data management outside of the classroom, and to build community with undergraduate students.
    March 2018 to June 2025
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    Library Micro-Courses

    Micro-Courses are a pedagogical approach for skill-based learning delivered via small learning units. The Libraries seek to advance its micro-course initiative by expanding its offerings to learners.
    August 2017 to August 2021
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    Librarian Involvement in Finding Yourself in STEM

    Finding Yourself in STEM is an ad-hoc Biocommons Ambassador student-led project that focuses on building community with students, especially underrepresented students, across STEM fields.
    May 2017 to June 2025