The University of Kansas Libraries
KU Libraries: Strategic Directions 2012-2017
Goal 1: Integrate information literacy, research skills and information resources into the curriculum to enhance critical thinking, academic success and lifelong learning.
KU Libraries' research and instruction program promotes excellence in teaching information resources and research strategies to students in all disciplines. Through this goal, we will expand the Libraries' role as collaborative educational partners, working with departmental faculty to integrate research skills and information literacy into the curriculum at all levels, from first-year to graduate student. We will work to improve students' academic success, enhance educational opportunity and therefore contribute to improved student retention.
We will build sustainable and scalable models of library instruction, as well as coordinated, educational programming to contribute to the university's learning goals and core curriculum. This comprehensive planning process will also address research help desk service and the provision of individualized instruction and educational consultation. We will help students develop the tools and strategies they need to become active participants in the learning process, think critically and creatively, communicate well and employ effective strategies to collect and interpret information.
- Students prepared as critical thinkers, consumers of information and lifelong learners through integration of information literacy, research and critical thinking skills into the curriculum.
- Increased partnerships and improved channels for instructional collaboration and integration of information literacy into courses, programs and academic departments.
- Reusable teaching modules and assignments accessed from a shared repository and embedded within existing systems, such as Blackboard and LibGuides.
- Incoming students with strengthened information literacy skills through expanded K-12 outreach programming.
- Expanded awareness and use of information resources in teaching and learning campus-wide.
Strategies and Actions
Key metrics by which we will gauge progress:
- Number of students demonstrating improved information literacy competencies, as defined by selected assessment tools (Outcome 1)
- Number of collaboratively developed courses designed, launched or completed (Outcome 2)
- Evidence of inclusion of information literacy in college/department strategic plans and other documentation, such as websites, syllabi, etc. (Outcome 2)
- Number of instruction consultations conducted (Outcome 2)
- Number of courses and programs using tools created or provided by the Libraries for instructional goals (Outcome 2, 3 & 5)
- Number and/or type of programs partnering with Libraries to implement instructional objectives (Outcome 2 & 5)
- Number of tutorials and learning modules developed (Outcome 3)
- Comparative analysis of library outreach efforts/number of students reached with KU admissions and retention data (Outcome 4)