As the end of the fiscal year approaches, many of our activities turn to assessment and progress reports. Just like you, though in a different format, I have to complete an assessment of my own performance and the accomplishments of our Libraries for my boss. One of the pieces of that assessment is a progress report on our strategic plan.
Status Report on 2010-2012 Strategic Plan
Shortly after my arrival in January 2010, we embarked on the creation of a strategic plan for 2010-2012. That plan – the first one – is the one that is used as part of this year’s assessment. At this link http://library.osu.edu/staff/administration-reports/OSULStrategicPlanReportMay2012.pdf you will find a document that notes progress on the plan. My thanks go out to Nancy O’Hanlon and Quanetta Batts who created the first draft of this progress report.
Here are some highlights:
Accelerate the transition to electronic formats (4.1.A.1):
- FY2009-11: expenditures for electronic resources increased from 44.2% to 64.4% of the materials budget.
- E-Journals: increased from 60.5% to 90.7% of the serials budget.
- E-Books: increased from 10% to 13% of the monographs budget.
Expand projects to digitize the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections (4.1.A.2):
- As of July 2011, the Libraries have digitized or acquired 467,682 items for digital collections such as the Knowledge Bank, OhioLINK, and The Lantern online archive, an increase of 250% over 2010.
Engage in and adopt culture transformation (3.3.A.1.):
- A new staff performance management process was implemented in 2011. The process now includes four steps including planning and goal setting, 2 mid-year check-ins and an annual review.
Check out the report in more detail.
In addition to the strategic plan, Sarah Murphy has created a four page summary of our 2011 LibQUAL results. In particular, check out the chart that shows how we have been closing the gap between desired service and perceived service. In this case, the lower the number, the better. The lower the number is on the left axis, the smaller is the gap between what users want and what they perceive we are delivering. Your work with the public, behind the scenes, and in the smallest detail works together to enable us to meet (and exceed) the needs of our users. Check out this summary webpage here. http://library.osu.edu/about/data-portal/libqual-2011/
New Strategic Plan – 2013-2015
We spent considerable time last year working on our new draft strategic plan. That plan is still a draft and will not be formally submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for review and approval until November 2012. As I noted at a recent General Libraries’ meeting, we will have to modify the existing plan to meet the newly established strategic planning framework for support units. But its essence will remain. We will share drafts in the fall as we make that change. However, for once we are ahead of the game and that plan is the functional plan that is guiding our decision making. And we are making tangible and concrete progress on its initiatives already.