Updates: 2014 1st quarter

(January 1 - March 30)


Integrate information literacy, research skills and information resources into the curriculum to enhance critical thinking, academic success and lifelong learning.

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 1.A. Cultivate educational outreach opportunities and learning initiatives to better prepare and support incoming and returning students.

Action 1.A.2: Create a program of curricular consultation and outreach to high school teachers and school librarians at KU's top feeder schools.

  • Developed and published documentation within standardized templates to ensure seamless engagement with visiting high schools and camps (see: Engagement/Outreach Activities)
  • Developed and published a compilation of college readiness online research resources found across the KU website and sites from other institutions (see: College Readiness Skills & Resources)
  • Engaged in on-going conversation and planning with the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility about promoting Libraries’ outreach tools to Kansas teachers, librarians and students

STRATEGY 1.B. Design and implement programming in support of campus-level, first-year experience efforts and other retention and persistence activities.

Action 1.B.1: Create programming and curricular support to integrate library resources and information literacy concepts into the Common Book program.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

Action 1.B.2: Develop a coordinated information literacy and research skills program for first-year seminar courses.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

Action 1.B.3: Collaborate with the Learning Community program to develop and support information literacy in the curriculum.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

STRATEGY 1.C. Develop and implement a collaborative and programmatic approach to outreach and research education for graduate students.

Action 1.C.1: Develop and expand outreach, instruction and consulting services designed to enhance graduate students’ ability to discover, access, and analyze needed scholarly resources.

  • Marianne Reed, Mary Roach, Austin Fitts (Graduate Studies), and Pam Rooks presented the Spring semester ETD workshop in Alderson Auditorium on April 1, 2014 (Ada Emmett and Scott McEathron also helped develop the presentation).  Thirty-six graduate student attended in-person; eight remotely.
  • Brian Rosenblum and Scott McEathron presented to the IPSR Graduate Student Working Group on Qualitative Methods on March 28.  The topic were “Digital Humanities” and “E-Science, Networked Science and E-research” respectively.
  • Julie Petr and Scott McEathron participated in Graduate Research and Write-In on February 1.
  • All staff have been busy with instruction this semester (both workshops and course integrated).  

STRATEGY 1.D. Design and construct instructional modules and resources for use with in-person, hybrid, online and distance learning environments.

Action 1.D.2: Partner with the Center for Online and Distance Learning and collaborate with individual department/schools to embed the Libraries in online and distance learning activities.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

Action 1.D.4: Integrate digital learning objects strategically into KU courses.

Accomplishments: Action Operationalized

STRATEGY 1.E. Cultivate and promote collaboration with teaching faculty, department administration and other campus partners to integrate information literacy concepts at the campus, degree and course levels.

Action 1.E.2: Design and deliver innovative programs that support the KU Core curriculum and other university-wide educational initiatives, especially those emphasizing learner outcomes and curriculum improvement.

  • Initiated a process of enriched integration of information literacy into the KU Core curriculum through
    • a systematic review of discipline-based information literacy standards, including ACRL standards to understand how those standards map to the learning objectives of KU Core courses
    • mapping of current KU Core courses to the courses taught by the Libraries in the academic year 2012-2013 in order to discover the Libraries’ extant presence in KU Core courses and ways to augment the Libraries’ presence
    • identifying likely disciplines and departments to pilot an information literacy partnership that enhances student learning, produces better scholarship, and engages students in discipline-based research in a more meaningful way


Advance scholarship through proactive engagement in research and scholarly communication.

Strategies and Action Updates


Strengthen KU Libraries' position as an agile, responsive organization capable of continual improvement and change.

Strategies and Action Updates


Stabilize and grow existing funding sources, secure new funding opportunities and enhance public accountability.

Strategies and Action Updates

STRATEGY 4.B. Seek grants for the Libraries as an organization and for individual library faculty and staff research initiatives.

Action 4.B.1:Establish structures and staffing within the libraries to support and coordinate grants.

Action 4.B.2:Develop organizational expertise in the application and administration of external grants.

Accomplishments (4.B.1-4.B.2):
  • Developing membership and action priorities that will lead to CFI members becoming knowledgeable about funding agencies, available grants, and grants development.
    • Met with RGS pre-award services to better understand the services they provide.
    • Met with the Hall Center grant development team to understand their strategy for working with faculty to develop grants. (Feb 2014)
    • Will meet with IPSR (May 2014
  • Establishing appropriate pre- and post-award consulting and grant development services along with requisite post-award management services.
    • Becky Schulte is assigned to develop a best practices check list.
  • Assessing library priorities for specific grant initiatives and identify grant targets for FY2015.
    • The group needs to determine how to undertake this work and assess early summer.
  • Developing and disseminating information and tools for those wishing to develop grants.
    • Provided training session on PIVOT, Wade Garrison lead session (March 2014)
    • Created intranet web site with resources, Deb Ludwig created site
    • Creating a grants calendar. Initial version is available online.
  • Developing sessions to help staff understand grants opportunities, grant-writing processes, and the accountabilities inherent in successful grants management.
    • 2 sessions were held during the previous reporting period, one on the IMLS grant and one on the current NEH grant. As we develop "a" above, we will reflect that in future sessions.

STRATEGY 4.C. Increase Donor Support.

Action 4.C.1: Revise our donor communications strategy and tactics to align with Far Above, the university’s comprehensive campaign.

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

Action 4.C.2: Create and grow partnerships to expand our potential donor base.

Accomplishments: Action operationalized

Action 4.C.3: Prioritize and expand fundraising goals to support the Libraries’ strategic priorities.


Action 4.C.4: Expand engagement efforts and activities at the local, state, regional and national level.

  • Held 10 national, regional and statewide donor engagement events with KUAA from December to March, reaching nearly 600 alumni and potential donors.
    • Developed a plan (with KU Endowment) to ensure follow-up and engagement with prospective major donors from these events.
    • Developed and implemented a plan (with KUAA) to solicit annual gifts from event attendees.
    • Successfully negotiated an expanded partnership with KUAA for 2014-2015 alumni events, securing additional funding that will support continuation of the program in the coming year.
  • Partnered with the Center for Community Engagement & Outreach and Lawrence Public Library for Read Across Lawrence 2014, which reached an estimated 1,000 individuals in Lawrence. The series of events included a private donor breakfast, which provided an opportunity to engage with our current and prospective donors.
  • Hosted an event for the Endacott Society (retired KU faculty and staff), a key constituency for the advancement program

Action 4.C.5:Investigate additional fee-based service models to provide needed services to companies, alumni and others.

  • Finalized details for the partnership with the KU Alumni Association to offer library database access to alumni association members.
  • Secured a financial partnership with KUAA that resulted in cost sharing for database procurement, as well as increased support of alumni and donor engagement at the national level.
  • Revised launch date to July 2014.

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Courtney Foat
Interim Director of Communications Advancement

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