Plan 2011: A Commitment to Excellence
The McDermott and Callier Libraries of the University
of Texas at Dallas operate in an extremely dynamic environment that
challenges the foundation of our organization. As we plan the
will move the Library to meet the demands of a major research
institution, we see an organization that must undergo a change
in culture. Our strategy
views the Libraries as an academic partner with the University
rather than the traditional view of library solely as service
These values are:
This Plan is conceived around six themes that will guide us during the coming five years. The themes will guide the Libraries’ pursuit of our own vision and mission (see appendix):
I. Strategic Theme: Collections
Goal: Develop collection strategies that respond to the instructional and research needs of the University of Texas at Dallas, striving for a balance between the development of on-site collections and access to external information resources.
Objective: Investigate the funding requirements, collection size and scope, space needs, and technology infrastructure needed to support the University’s mission to achieve Tier One Status.
Objective: Obtain the finances needed to keep pace with inflation, growth of the student body and faculty, and new academic programs.
Objective: Create and update all collection development policies and procedures, including a thorough review of our approval plan and depository profile.
Objective: Investigate and implement efficient ways to monitor usage and assess the overall integrity of our collections utilizing statistical categories in Voyager.
Objective: Investigate the space, technology, and funding required to meet the preservation needs of the Library’s collections.
Objective: Establish a University Archive in Special Collections to preserve the historical heritage of UTD.
II. Strategic Theme: Communications
Goal: Enhance communication between Library departments, other University departments, and all of the Library’s constituents.
Objective: Begin holding regularly scheduled meetings between Library administration and staff.
Objective: Investigate and implement methods of delivering Library and University information through a variety of technologies, including public computers and plasma screens.
Objective: Establish content and editing guidelines for Library publications.
Objective: Implement the recommendations of the BLOG Committee.
Objective: Investigate improvements to the Library’s telephones.
Objective: Institute a forum for sharing information collected from professional development activities.
III. Strategic Theme: Facilities
Goal: Provide an attractive and comfortable environment for study, research, creative/intellectual exchange, and access to and preservation of the collections.
Objective: Occupy the entire McDermott Building and renovate the 1st and 3rd floors. This will provide additional space for collections to bring them into ADA compliance, different seating configurations (including project rooms), updated furniture, information literacy classrooms, climate control, and storage facilities.
Objective: Initiate a long-term plan for expanding McDermott Library to provide additional study space, relocate Technical Services and Special Collections, secure unprocessed materials, and provide for the preservation of at-risk collections.
Objective: Complete the Library’s Disaster Recovery Plan and Emergency Procedures.
Objective: Improve the physical safety of the building by adding fire suppression systems on all floors, eliminating all carpeting from stairwells, and removing all hazardous materials.
Objective: Investigate ways to improve the maintenance and upkeep of the building.
Objective: Investigate and improve the lighting and electrical outlets in all areas of McDermott Library.
Objective: Improve the security of the Library by investigating a keyless entry system for all interior doors and security-sensitive areas.
Objective: Provide guidance to the University regarding the exterior of the building including the Library’s roof, doors, gardens, signage, sidewalks, and seating.
IV. Strategic Theme: Human Resources
Goal: Actively recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, well-qualified staff whose work reflects a balanced commitment to the distinctive values of librarianship and to furthering those values in a rapidly evolving information environment.
Objective: Investigate the staffing requirements, qualifications, and salary levels of Tier One academic libraries.
Objective: Seek library faculty status for professionals as a part of migrating to Tier One Status.
Objective: Formulate written guidelines for standardization of performance appraisals for all employees.
Objective: Investigate and provide a structure for promotion and merit increases.
Objective: Establish a mentoring program that provides a thorough introduction to the Library’s institutional culture for all new Library employees.
Objective: Establish the criteria to recognize and publicize day-to-day contributions of Library staff.
Objective: Improve formal training of liaisons.
Objective: Investigate ways to improve the training needed by all staffs.
Objective: Formulate budgeting guidelines for conference/travel requests.
Objective: Develop a cross-training program between Library departments.
V. Strategic Theme: Services
Goal: Provide user-centered services assuring timely access to the information resources needed for learning, teaching, and research. Help users develop the information skills required for lifelong learning.
Objective: Investigate the quality of Library services, collections, and programs by conducting annual user surveys.
Objective: Provide a means for patrons to pay fines during the evening and weekend hours.
Objective: Develop a required one-hour credit Information Literacy course.
Objective: Conduct faculty training for all Library software (e.g. Blackboard, Docutek, RefWorks, ePublish, etc.)
Objective: Host annual events for faculty to increase their knowledge of Library services and staff.
Objective: Create a full document delivery service for faculty.
Objective: Provide documents from electronic resources to other libraries, as licenses allow, pending the implementation of an Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS).
Objective: Expand workstations and printing options available to Community Users when funds are provided (e.g. Friends of the Library, University Alumni, etc.).
Objective: Evaluate the feasibility of creating a retrieval service for patrons.
Objective: Explore the feasibility of providing service points on all Library floors.
Objective: Use technology to provide alternative delivery methods of instructional sessions and Library events.
Objective: Create opportunities to attract prospective students to the University, such as lectures for different age groups, outreach to community colleges and schools, and annual events (essay, poster, art contests, etc.)
Objective: Enhance services to distance education students by creating tutorials, adding a toll-free telephone line, expanding chat reference, and providing web conferencing.
Objective: Provide the ability for patrons to access their Library account through developing technology.
Objective: Provide the facilities, equipment, and software for creating and editing original multimedia content.
Objective: Study and purchase equipment needed to enhance instruction classes and lectures.
VI. Strategic Theme: Technology
Goal: Develop and maintain an infrastructure that accommodates the existing and emerging technologies required to further the Libraries’ mission.
Objective: Establish guidelines for future development of the library webpage(s).
Objective: Implement Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS) to provide central control and dissemination of information about our electronic subscriptions.
Objective: Develop a program to control the updating of links within the Library’s webpages.
Objective: Cooperate with Project Quest to establish a universal login for all University systems including the connections to electronic resources.
Objective: Partner with Information Resources to fully develop UTD’s course management software.
Objective: Investigate ways of gathering statistics about usage of the Library’s website.
Objective: Investigate and implement link resolving software to provide seamless access to full-text electronic materials.
Objective: Expand Library’s technology infrastructure to include streaming video.
Objective: Purchase and implement media scheduling software.
Key planning documents
Mission Statement of the Libraries of the University of Texas at Dallas
Vision Statement of the Libraries of the University of Texas at Dallas