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Initiative Descriptions

Acquisitions in Honor of Juneteenth

Themes: Connect Theme 3Empower Theme 2Sustain Theme 1

Lead: Janet Hulm

Status: Complete

In honor of Juneteenth, the Libraries Juneteenth Planning Group (Janet Carleton, Janet Hulm, Michele Jennings, Miriam Intrator, Miriam Nelson, and lorraine wochna) proposed to make a significant collections acquisition that honors and celebrates Juneteenth and its legacy. At the heart of this acquisition is the Libraries' acknowledgment of the deeply detrimental impact of institutional racism on the breadth and depth of the Libraries’ current collections. While a single annual purchase is only one small step, the Planning Group feels that it is integral to the reparative work the Libraries must undertake to ensure that the impact and contributions of Black cultural heritage are better represented within our collections and centered in our collecting practices. The planning group worked collaboratively with the University's Juneteenth Celebration committee to make final selections from a list of resources that included important historical databases, rare books and artists' books that document the Black experience in the United States.

Assess Help FAQs

Themes: Connect Theme 1

Lead: Chad Boeninger

Status: In Progress

  1. Audit existing FAQS, check for accuracy, and rewrite using modern writing for the web rules.
  2. Identify and recommend relevant areas on the main website, Libguides, Staff Portal, and other web spaces where it would be useful to link to specific FAQs.
  3. Identify new FAQs that are needed.
  4. Create new FAQs.
  5. Build a schedule to routinely check FAQs for accuracy and usage.

Assess Help Videos and Tutorials

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Empower Theme 2, Empower Theme 3

Lead: Chad Boeninger

Status: In Progress

  1. Audit existing tutorials and instructional videos to create a master list of content.
  2. Identify points of need for video and print how-to content and make recommendations for new content.
  3. Prioritize work for updating existing and creating new content.
  4. Create and update content.
  5. Build a schedule to routinely check content for accuracy and usage.

Assess Virtual Help Services

Themes: Connect Theme 3

Lead: Chad Boeninger

Status: In Progress

  1. Investigate instruments to measure the user experience for our online chat and ticket services.
  2. Create draft of service quality instrument.
  3. Implement instrument to measure service quality
  4. Make recommendations to improve service quality of our virtual services.
  5. Draft considerations for adapting virtual service survey to in-person services.

Contribute Library Modules to Faculty Development Course

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Connect Theme 2, Connect Theme 3, Empower Theme 2, Empower Theme 3, Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Hanna Schmillen

Status: In Progress

In collaboration with OII, several librarians are creating content to be used in the Principles and Practices for College Teaching asynchronous course for OHIO instructors. The course is split into two units, 1- Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning and 2- Enhancing Student Learning. The goal is to create a course that provides a foundation of success and support related to teaching and student success in the classroom. Certificates of completion will be available for instructors. The Libraries are creating content for both units and are working closely with OII to integrate the content into the course throughout the summer. Content includes: - Affordable Course Materials; Collaborating and Consulting with a Librarian; Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Library Instruction; Archives and Special Collections; Visual Literacy Across Disciplines; Using Film and Media Resources in The Classroom.

Digital Scholarship Working Group

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Connect Theme 2, Connect Theme 3, Empower Theme 3, Sustain Theme 2

Lead: Michele Jennings

Status: In Progress

In support of research and teaching and to advance the goals of the Libraries' Strategic Plan, the Digital Scholarship Working Group (DSWG) explores and advances library services and library staff expertise around digital scholarship, including but not limited to digital humanities, data services, and digital pedagogies. 

HathiTrust: Add eBook Access to ALICE Catalog

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Connect Theme 3, Sustain Theme 1

Lead: HathiTrust Task Force (Chris Guder, Damon DeBorde, Jeffrey Ferrier, Sandy Gekosky, Miriam Intrator, Miriam Nelson, Carrie Preston, Seth Sisler, Brandi Weaver)

Status: Completed

The 149,580 Ohio University Libraries print titles to which we have full text access in HathiTrust have had their ALICE Catalog records updated to share the link to the electronic version. Why is this important? Users no longer have to check out or request the print copy to read the book. Among the 149,580 books are 13,015 Special Collections titles - now users can easily access the electronic version of the text when access to the print version would be quite difficult, especially during pandemic times.

After ArticlesPlus gets its monthly update, the links will also appear in ArticlesPlus results.

Integrate Information Literacy in Guarantee+

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Connect Theme 3, Empower Theme 2, Sustain Theme 1, Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Hanna Schmillen

Status: In Progress

This is a Provost's Office initiative for recruitment and retention, as well as alumni involvement at OHIO University. It includes an individualized graduation plan for all undergraduate students, fixed tuition/fees, and alumni scholarships. Most importantly , "... an individualized graduation plan that ensures you’ll graduate on time and on plan, or we’ll make it right, including covering the cost of additional courses if necessary." (Jennifer Murphy, Provost Office). All undergraduate programs, on all campuses, will be phased into Guarantee+ by Fall 2022. The Libraries created 3 Information Literacy milestones within the graduation plans that build upon each other (scaffold) throughout each undergraduate program. Milestones are the learning outcomes, skills, etc. that we want our students to achieve related to information literacy, research skills, critical thinking, and Libraries use. Each of the 3 milestones will have an activity, assignment, tutorial, session, workshop, etc. that will need to be completed by the student in order to achieve that milestone. Milestone achievement will be tracked along with their DARS and course completion. The Libraries have collaborated with UC to integrate Milestone 1 into all UC courses. Milestone 2 and 3 will be integrated based on the needs and learning outcomes of each academic program, led by each subject liaison. For more information, see University Libraries Integrates into Guarantee+.

OhioLINK Luminaries Program

Themes: Sustain Theme 2, Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Eileen Theodore-Shusta

Status: In Progress

The program offers students a unique, paid opportunity in academic libraries not available in traditional internships or part-time campus employment. As a paid, resume-building position offering hands-on experience, participating students receive broad introduction to the information studies profession—its purpose, value, and expertise. The OhioLINK Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative seeks to create and promote career opportunities in librarianship, information studies, and data sciences to individuals from under-represented populations and economically disadvantaged environments. The Initiative aims to identify and encourage diverse candidates for Ohio’s libraries and library-related industries that are more representative of the state’s population, while also encouraging and supporting efforts towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at the library level.

One OHIO Libraries Initiative

Themes: Connect Theme 3, Empower Theme 3, Empower Theme 4, Sustain Theme 1, Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Katy Mathuews

Status: In Progress

The Libraries are working to transition to a library system approach as regional libraries now report to library leadership. We are building a system approach to acquisitions, metadata services, web presence, and other aspects of library services.

Reparative Description in the Digital Archives

Themes: Empower Theme 1, Empower Theme 2, Empower Theme 4

Lead: Miriam Nelson

Status: In Progress

The goal of this initiative is to develop internal practices that support the: "remediation of practices or data that exclude, silence, harm, or mischaracterize marginalized people in the data created or used by archivists to identify or characterize archival resources" (SAA Dictionary of Archives Terminology). As a first step DI staff have developed a growing reading list and have formed a discussion group meeting weekly with DI staff and occasionally with Mahn and Metadata Services staff. The discussions focus on assigned readings/resources as well as how they might apply to DI's practice. Next steps will be to draft a strategy document, identifying needed documentation for new procedures, potential collections for remediation projects, possible collaborations, timelines, and transparency/accountability. The initiative will serve to begin an ongoing process.

Strengthen Supports for CIS Graduate Students

Themes: Connect Themes 1, Connect Theme 3, Empower Theme 2, Empower Theme 3

Lead: Jeffrey Ferrier

Status: In Progress

Center for International Collections staff are working to design a new approach to an introduction to key library resources and services for all graduate students in the Master of International Affairs programs in the Center for International Studies (CIS) for fall 2021. Interim Director of CIS, Patrick Barr-Melej, has requested that the library staff work to implement a more systemic approach for all students in the 5 MAIA programs. The programs are African Studies, Asia Studies, Latin American Studies, International Development Studies and Communications and Development. Details of the new approach are still being worked out but will likely include a combination of virtual and in-person presentation (if the pandemic situation allows).

Student Advisory Board Creation

Themes: Connect Theme 3, Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Kelly Broughton

Status: Complete

In early 2021, we launched the University Libraries' Student Advisory Board, comprised of undergraduate and graduate student across OHIO campuses. As primary stakeholders in the services, resources, and spaces of the Ohio University Libraries, the Student Advisory Board provides students direct access to the administrative leadership of the Libraries and exists to facilitate two-way communication between students and library staff. The Board will advise the Dean of University Libraries on important and impactful issues related to the Libraries’ spaces, services, resources, and collections.

Support Student Expo

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Connect Theme 2Connect Theme 3, Sustain Theme 1Sustain Theme 3

Lead: Damon DeBorde and Janet Hulm

Status: Complete

As the Student Expo could not be held in-person in 2021, the Libraries hosted student presentations in our institutional repository, OHIO Open Library.

Systematize New IT Projects

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Empower Theme 2, Sustain Theme 1

Lead: Carrie Preston / Libraries IT Projects Committee

Status: Completed

The Libraries committed to take a systematic approach to major IT project planning; and to develop tools and structures to support mindful decision-making, with awareness of the labor required for both initial rollout and ongoing maintenance; clarity of who will perform that labor; and agreed-upon measures of success. A Libraries IT Project Review Procedure, including planning and evaluation tools, was developed by the Head of Library IT Services and accepted by the Libraries’ Department Heads. In 2022, an IT Project Review Committee was formed and began reviewing project proposals, using the newly developed tools, for recommendation to the Libraries Executive Committee. Use of the tools also noticeably improved the efficiency of certain aspects of project implementation.

Systematize Web Accessibility

Themes: Connect Theme 1, Empower Theme 2

Lead: Carrie Preston / Libraries Web Committee

Status: Completed

Web accessibility is now critical to the Libraries business continuity (since it is required at the university level), as well as to the empowerment of our patrons. A Libraries Approach to Web Accessibility document was developed by the Head of Library IT Services and accepted by the Libraries’ Department Heads. In 2022, the newly constituted Libraries Web Committee surveyed the state of the Libraries’ web applications, identified initial projects to prioritize, worked with Department Heads to allocate staff resources, conducted training, and acted in an advisory role to accessibility testing projects (most notably, evaluation of one of the Libraries’ most-used student tutorials). The Web Committee will continue to serve as a resource and organizing force for Libraries-wide web accessibility awareness.