Revised: January 8, 2015
The University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System has identified three core principles that underlie all of our work: inclusiveness, collaboration, and communication.
Inclusiveness: We foster inclusiveness and diversity—regardless of background or philosophy—and ensure an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
Collaboration: We seek partnerships and collaborations to promote innovation in ideas and approaches that support research, teaching, and learning.
Communication: We are committed to an environment of open and respectful communication and information sharing.
Goal 1: Establish assessment as a continual and integral program
Metric: Assessment plans for each Associate University Librarian portfolio have been established
- Develop comprehensive disciplinary and research profiles based on user assessments
- Develop ongoing assessments for resources and services
Goal 2: Strengthen collections program to address strategic campus and consortial goals
Metrics: 1) Increase centralization of the budget; 2) Fund-based collection development policies have been created
- Develop greater flexibility within collections budget
- Develop collection and preservation strategies to support disciplines across subject areas and content types
Goal 3: Develop comprehensive scholarly communications program
Metric: A coordinated program, with identified leadership, has been established
- Hire staff and establish leadership for the scholarly communications program
- Establish internal and external networks of scholarly communication stakeholders
Goal 4: Identify and invest in the expertise needed to advance and sustain a modern research library
Metrics: 1) A competency-based inventory has been completed for all permanent employees; 2) The degree to which identified strategic needs/gaps have been filled
- Implement a flexible organizational and administrative structure to engender cross-department work
- Fill gaps in talent and competencies to meet goals and strategies
Goal 5: Capitalize on efficiencies to provide high quality services and spaces
Metrics: 1) Increase the number of repurposed learning and collaboration spaces; 2) Increase the collection budget by reallocating dollars from staff lines; 3) Reallocate resources currently used for processing and managing print management
- Create and initiate plan to consolidate libraries
- Leverage technologies to advance and support library services and programs
Goal 6: Expand capacity for providing library services in a networked environment
Metric: Increase in user satisfaction
- Develop strategies to more closely integrate library services into campus and consortial programs
Goal 7: Increase budget flexibilities to meet Library priorities
Metrics: 1) Increase the amount of discretionary dollars available for strategic priorities; 2) Increase new money generated through donations, revenue, grants, etc.
- Realign overall allocations
- Establish priorities for fundraising and development
- Identify revenue generation opportunities in the Libraries
Finalized and approved by the GLS Executive Group on January 7, 2015