Library Committee Outcomes, 2016
At its meeting on March 30, 2016, the Library Committee:
Endorsed the new Blount Library Collections Policy.
Established 2016-2017 goals:
- Evaluate e-book collections for appropriate content and ease of access/readability. Collection evaluations indicate that 64% - 80% of books supporting Averett academic programs are e-books (Ebrary Academic, APA PsycBooks, Credo General Reference, Springer Behavioral Science, and others). Detailed evaluations for sciences and social sciences are available now on library research guides, and linked from this matrix.
- Continue to build print collections, especially in the humanities.
- Revise library web guides.
- Encourage resource-based assignments and projects -- optionally with reference to the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (Association of College & Research Libraries, January 2016).
Reference to Standards
The library's draft SACSCOC documentation is here.
Integrating physical and online learning environments is consistent with ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (2011) …
4. Discovery: Libraries enable users to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.
4.1 The library organizes information for effective discovery and access.
4.2 The library integrates library resource access into institutional web and other information portals.
4.3 The library develops resource guides to provide guidance and multiple points of entry to information.
4.4 The library creates and maintains interfaces and system architectures that include all resources and facilitates access from preferred user starting points.
4.5 The library has technological infrastructure that supports changing modes of information and resource discovery.
4.6 The library provides one-on-one assistance through multiple platforms to help users find information.
5. Collections: Libraries provide access to collections sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching mission of the institution.
5.1 The library provides access to collections aligned with areas of research, curricular foci, or institutional strengths.
5.2 The library provides collections that incorporate resources in a variety of formats, accessible virtually and physically.
5.3 The library builds and ensures access to unique materials, including digital collections.
5.4 The library has the infrastructure to collect, organize, provide access to, disseminate, and preserve collections needed by users.
5.5 The library educates users on issues related to economic and sustainable models of scholarly communication.
5.6 The library ensures long-term access to the scholarly and cultural record.
6. Space: Libraries are the intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.
6.1 The library creates intuitive navigation that supports self-sufficient use of virtual and physical spaces.
6.2 The library provides safe and secure physical and virtual environments conducive to study and research.
6.3 The library has the IT infrastructure to provide reliable and robust virtual and physical environments needed for study and research.
6.4 The library uses physical and virtual spaces as intellectual commons, providing access to programs, exhibits, lectures, and more.
6.5 The library designs pedagogical spaces to facilitate collaboration and learning, and the creation of new knowledge.
6.6 The library’s physical space features connectivity and up-to-date, adequate, well-maintained equipment and furnishings.
6.7 The library provides clean, inviting, and adequate space, conducive to study and research, with suitable environmental conditions and convenient hours for its services, personnel, resources, and collections.
6.8 The library’s physical and virtual spaces are informed by consultation with users.