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A Mid-Range Plan for Montana State University Library - March 2010

Goals and Strategies


Goal 1: Position the library as the Cornerstone of 21st Century Research and as an Intellectual Enterprise.

Strategy 1. Increase Accessibility and Usability of the library's Print Collection.

1A: Install compact shelving in the south side of Room 18 in the basement.
1B: Close the Creative Arts Library and incorporate the collection into Renne Library.
1C: Maintain the physical collection through consistent general maintenance and weeding.

Strategy 2. Evaluate and Prioritize Electronic Resources to Best Meet Student, Faculty and Staff Needs.

2A: Conduct a comprehensive analysis and determine the return on investment of the library's serials and databases to help improve purchasing decisions.
2B: Establish the priorities given to electronic resources (e-books, online audio and video and e-journals) through a more thoroughly defined electronic collection development policy.

Strategy 3. Enhance and Further Develop Digital Resources Collection within the Library.

3A: Develop a digital collections plan.
3B: Build digital collections and tools that provide access to unique and relevant research materials.

Strategy 4. Maintain the Trout and Salmonid Collection as a premier collection of its type in the United States, enhance the special collections on the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and other Montana related collections.

Strategy 5. Investigate, Develop, and make Accessible Guidelines, Procedures, and Checklists for the Use of Copyrighted Materials in an Academic Setting.

Strategy 6. Archive, Preserve, and Distribute the University's Scholarly Record.


Goal 2: Coordinate and Employ the MSU Library Services as Tools for Patron Success.

Strategy 1. Improve Access to Library Discovery Resources.

1A: Acquire and implement innovative information discovery products, such as WorldCat Local or Summon.
1B: Ensure links from major Web search engines to library resources and pushing digital offerings into the user's working information environment.

Strategy 2. Enhance Usability of the library's Web site.

Strategy 3. Develop Versatile, Technology-Rich Active Learning Spaces for Groups and Individuals.

3A: Provide for more flexible, group study spaces on the first and second floors.
3B: Invite other tenants from outside the Library to locate services in the Commons.
3C: Create a library commons on the first floor.
3D: Expand the hardware and software available in the library to meet users' needs.
3E: Expand New Books area to highlight a variety of library resources.
3F: Maintain and enhance the third and fourth floors as quiet, individual workspace with versatile, comfortable furniture.
3G: Maintain a pleasant working environment at Renne Library through the regular upkeep of the Library and replacement of furniture on an ongoing basis.

Strategy 4. Increase Technical Assistance within the Library.

4A: Improve library printing services and support.
4B: Provide assistance with information technology.

Strategy 5. Implement a Robust Instruction Program that Reaches Patrons via a Variety of Formats.

5A: Enhance the library's Digital Instruction Initiative by developing online tutorials, modules, and other point of need research assistance.
5B: Develop a stronger presence in MSU's learning management system (currently Desire2Learn).

Goal 3: Establish a Pervasive Culture of Promotion of the library's Services and Collections.

Strategy 1. Organize human resources to support cultural and promotion activities.

Strategy 2. Consistently brand the library's resources and services.

Strategy 3. Use all appropriate communication channels to increase users' awareness of Library, resources, services and events.

Strategy 4. Promote Special and Digital Collections to members of the MSU community.


Goal 4: Create a Culture of Supportive Continuous Learning among Library Employees.

Strategy 1: Create a workforce profile.

Strategy 2: Establish core competencies and expectations within teams as well as organization-wide.

Strategy 3: Establish best practices for more robust staff orientation and mentoring across the organization.

Strategy 4: Establish a staff development framework that is both conceptual and visual.

Strategy 5: Evaluate outcomes of the strategies above.