Strategic Plan 2014-2016


The Chalmer Davee Library advances the university's culture of learning by providing authoritative resources and professional services, and supports the teaching, learning and research efforts of our students, faculty, staff, and the community.



The library's goals are based on the framework recommended by the Association of College and Research Libraries' Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. The Standards consist of nine principles and related performance indicators that reflect the core roles and contributions of academic libraries.  The principles describe what an academic library should be expected to accomplish in support of its parent institution's mission.

The Chalmer Davee Library will focus its goals for 2014-2016 on selected performance indicators related to six of the principles: collections, discovery, educational role, external relations, institutional effectiveness, and space.  The goals related to each of the selected principles and performance indicators will allow the library to accomplish its mission and support the university's strategic plan, Pathways to Distinction.

Collections: The library provides access to collection sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching mission of the institution.

Goal 1: Expand access to the results of undergraduate research to the Minds@UWRF institutional repository.

Goal 2: Expand the library's patron driven acquisitions program to increase the number of e-book purchases.

Discovery: The library enables users to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.

Goal 1: As part of a system-wide initiative, implement the library management system Alma to provide a modern and robust system that will provide greater efficiency in acquiring, describing, maintaining access to, and enhancing discoverability of library resources in a variety of formats.

Goal 2: Access usability of the Primo interface and make adjustments to respond to user behavior.

Educational Role: The library partners in the educational mission of the university to develop and support information literate learners who can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning.

Goal 1: Develop and share best practices to promote individualized reference service to students through the librarian liaison program.

Goal 2: Investigate alternative methods for students to obtain reference services in addition to traditional face-to-face, phone, and e-mail communications.

External Relations: The library engages the campus and broader community through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate, and promote their value.

Goal 1: Promote the "Year of" book discussion series more broadly to community members.

Goal 2: Update materials related to the Chalmer Davee Library Endowment Fund and develop a plan to raise awareness of the endowment to an external audience.

Goal 3: Expand outreach to administrative departments on campus to promote library resources and services.

Institutional Effectiveness: The library defines, develops, and measures outcomes that contribute to institutional effectiveness and applies findings for purposes of continuous improvement.

Goal 1: Develop the infrastructure and procedures to securely acquire, organize, and maintain electronic university records.  

Goal 2: Begin collecting the electronic records of selected higher level administration offices, including the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost.

Space: Libraries are intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.

Goal 1: Convert the microform reading room into a study/lounge space with charging technology.

Goal 2: Reconfigure current office space to add additional group study space.

Goal 3: Expand the number of lab computers in the library.

Goal 4: Update technology in the library instructional classroom to improve usability.

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