Updates: 2016



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.1: Implement a framework for high school outreach designed to support campus recruitment and retention efforts. OPERATIONALIZED

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. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.A.3: Collaborate with campus partners on a coordinated program of outreach and learning resources for transfer, first-generation and international students. 

​     Accomplishments:
  • Time constraints of team members pose a significant challenge to completing a comprehensive literature review in the timeline identified in the project team’s charge. Considering the time investment required for such an activity and depending on the quality of information received during the environmental scan, it may not be feasible or in the Libraries’ best interest to dedicate the time necessary for this review. 
  • Continue stakeholder conversations that were initiated. Send email to ALA’s Information Literacy listserv to request information for an environmental scan. Contact libraries at other Shorelight institutions to request information about how/if they support such programs. Begin drafting report. 
  • Completed and summarized stakeholder conversations with the KU Academic Accelerator Program (AAP), the Applied English Center (AEC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), International Student Services (ISS), and the Writing Center. Additionally, a selection of outside institutions, some of which also partner with Shorelight, were contacted to collect information as to how they support international students. This supports the 1-A.4 charge as the first steps in a needs assessment for international students. 
  • The Project Team members began conducting a literature review of research needs and library perceptions of first-generation college students during this quarter. Additionally, they identified the following stakeholders that work with first-generation and/or transfer students across KU’s campus: the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the Office of First Year Experience, the McNair Scholars program, TRIO, as well as several individuals at the Edwards campus. We began setting up stakeholder appointments this quarter and will begin meeting with each stakeholder in late January. We drafted a list of questions for each stakeholder. Because of scheduling conflicts, we have emailed the questions to our contacts at the OMA and the McNair Scholars program and expect to receive responses soon. 

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. OPERATIONALIZED

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

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

Action 1.C.2: Coordinate outreach and integration of information literacy concepts into GTA instructional and training programs to support their teaching role. OPERATIONALIZED


  • Project Team finished the survey of research methods courses and identified 83 courses. 
  • This strategy was absorbed by the Center for Graduate Initiatives & Engagement and is therefore operationalized. 

Action 1.C.3: Partner to integrate research and information literacy skills into research methods courses and other graduate program curricula. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)


  • Project Team finished the survey of research methods courses and identified 83 courses. 
  • Completed an inventory of “Research Methods/Responsible Conduct of Research” seminars and examined KU Libraries’ current level of engagement with those courses. There were 87 courses identified and the Libraries have engaged with 14 (16%) within the last two years. Additionally, a list of KU Libraries services and resources for graduate students was developed and categorized by those common to all disciplines and those differentiated by subject discipline. This supports the 1-C.3 charge as the first steps toward expanding engagement in graduate level research methods courses. 
  • The Project Team has identified a core list of Graduate level research methods courses. They directly contacted instructors that library staff had engaged with in the past prior to the semester to inquire about library instruction. In the future, the Graduate Center will take on the primary responsibility for contacting instructors in disciplines where the Libraries does not have a specialist. 

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

Action 1.D.1: Develop "best practices" for the design of pedgogically sound, active and adaptive learning tool. OPERATIONALIZED

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. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.D.3: Collaborate with campus, state and regional partners to develop online, reusable teaching modules, digital learning objects, tutorials and assignments. FULLY EXPLORED/ADVANCED 

Action 1.D.4: Integrate digital learning objects strategically into KU courses. 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.1: Develop an instruction and outreach plan for integration of information literacy and critical thinking skills into the undergraduate curriculum at all levels and potential entry points. IN PROGRESS



  • The Leadership Team continued work on strategy 1-E.1: Develop an instruction and outreach plan for integration of information literacy and critical thinking skills into the undergraduate curriculum at all levels and potential entry points. The Leadership Team engaged in a series of brainstorming/visioning exercises with multiple Libraries’ units to collect information about the Libraries’ purpose and goals for instruction.
  • Synthesized notes from individual library unit meetings to draft a philosophy statement for instruction at KU Libraries. Establishing a philosophy statement for instruction is the first step toward developing an instruction and outreach plan for KU Libraries.
  • Under the recommendations of the CFI sponsor, Erin Ellis, the Leadership Team switched the focus of this strategy from developing an instruction and outreach plan, to identifying opportunities to highlight our instruction philosophy and work via the instruction webpages. The philosophy statement that was drafted by the CFI in FY16 will be included here. 

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. IN PROGRESS

  • Brainstormed a list of programs and initiatives that support the KU Core curriculum. 
  • The Leadership Team reviewed the instruction statistics from FY16 to identify the KU Core courses for which the Libraries provided instruction. This effort was to identify areas for growth in our integration with the KU Core. The Leadership Team found that we instruct a low number of KU Core Goal 5 courses. 


Action 1.E.3: Conduct professional development opportunities for KU classroom faculty on information literacy integration into programs, courses and assignments. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)


  • The 1-E.3 Project Team completed one part of a two-pronged external environmental scan (project team outcome #2) of efforts to develop information literacy programs for faculty, sending an informal email to relevant listservs to scan and assess similar programs. We broadened our search beyond informal requests for information to identify and evaluate 21 faculty-focused information literacy programs/approaches. 
  • The 1-E.3. Project Team completed its external environmental scan of existing information literacy programs, identifying 21 faculty-focused information literacy programs or approaches, and is progressing on a literature review about faculty-focused information literacy work. We have begun stakeholder conversations, and have started developing pilot programs to integrate information literacy into campus curricular and co-curricular programming. 
  • Conducted an environmental scan and a literature review, and actively sought opportunities to partner with faculty members to discover collaborations and pilot projects. Such projects provided a nuanced understanding of some of the better practices and mistakes to avoid for partnering with faculty and will serve to inform our proposed continued work creating guidebooks for faculty and fellow librarians. 
  • The Project Team met with the member of the 1-E.4 Project Team to align the goals of each Project Team with each other and the larger CFI. The teams determined that they will use Scalar to produce a guidebook that will include the materials from the American Studies curricular integration efforts. Including these materials in a guidebook will help with outreach to different departments in the future. The 1-E.3 Project Team will focus on specific courses and assignments to be included in the guidebook. The Project Team also determined a target audience and drafted an opening statement for a library survey to collect information about library/faculty partnerships. This survey will discover examples of better practices for partnering with faculty to integrate information literacy and other literacies into programs, courses, and assignments. The survey will be delivered to library staff via Qualtrics. Library staff should keep an eye out for a spring survey about their experiences partnering with faculty. Responses will be considered for a guidebook about successful KU Librarian-faculty partnerships for new faculty and librarians. 

Action 1.E.4: Partner with faculty and department chairs to create targeted programs for incorporating information literacy competencies progressively across the curriculum. IN PROGRESS



  •  The 1-E.4 Project Team completed pilot version of learning modules for AMS learning outcomes 1 and 3.
  • The 1-E.4 Project Team engaged in conversations with stakeholders, including representatives from AAP, AEC, and International Programs, and initiated conversations with additional stakeholders, including the Writing Center, Study Abroad, and OMA. Identified preliminary reading materials. 
  • The American Studies (AMS) pilot program to integrate information literacy progressively across a curriculum continues. The learning outcomes for the five courses included in the pilot have been approved by the AMS department. The three online learning modules for AMS 110 will be implemented in the fall 2016 semester. 

Action 1.E.5: Experiment with new modes of delivering and utilizing credit-bearing courses for research skills acquisition. OPERATIONALIZED

Action 1.E.6: Develop and promote learning objects and modules for inclusion into the curriculum. TABLED


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.A. Achieve institutional funding levels equivalent to peer organizations.

Action 4.A.1: Explore an increase to the current $1 per credit hour library fee. IN PROGRESS

Action 4.A.2: Research the potential for a new Required Campus Fee (RFC) designed to expand library services and enhance facilities. IN PROGRESS (New Year IV priority)

Action 4.A.3: Ensure vital library support for major initiatives by securing a portion of funds earmarked to support institutional advancement.

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. FULLY EXPLORED/ADVANCED

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

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. OPERATIONALIZED

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

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

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

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

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