Mission and Strategic Plan

Library: Collections

The Library continues to purchase materials in traditional print and media formats. Increasingly, the majority of scholarly materials are produced digitally or converted to digital formats. In order to effectively and efficiently support the research and teaching missions of Loyola and Notre Dame, a significant portion of the Library's acquisitions budget is now spent on electronic resources. The challenge the Library faces in managing the convergence of content formats arises from supporting expanding and new programs, within budget constraints and rapidly changing information technologies.

GOAL 1

Formulate a new collection development plan that adapts to new, emerging, and strategic academic programs of Loyola and Notre Dame, particularly graduate programs.

  • Objective 1:

    Increase input from students and faculty regarding acquisition of specific materials for course work and research.
    • Strategy 1:
      Form a student advisory group which would make suggestions and recommendations on collection acquisitions and online resource usage.
  • Objective 2:

    Respond to new academic initiatives with clear collection development objectives and resource needs.
    • Strategy 1:
      Establish partnerships with schools and departments to develop collections which support curricular needs.
  • Objective 3:

    Increase the acquisition, preservation, and use of archival and special collections that serve the institutions' curricula and the scholarly community
    • Strategy 1:
      Add a staff member to the archives department to support increased workflow.
    • Strategy 2:
      Develop a collection policy for manuscript and special collections.
    • Strategy 3:
      Digitize and index historical print publications of both institutions.
    • Strategy 4:
      Identify vulnerable materials in the archival, manuscript, and book collections for preservation work.
    • Strategy 5:
      Catalog rare and antiquarian book materials to add to the main library catalog. Link the archival holdings records to the library online catalog.
  • Objective 4:

    Increase the use of Library collections by developing collaborative academic projects with both institutions

GOAL 2

Strengthen the collections of the Library within the strictures of a significant budget reduction

  • Objective 1:

    Reduce duplication in all formats, and seek alternative access models to provide information in the most easily accessible and cost effective forms.
    • Strategy 1:
      Digitize non-book materials and targeted special collections to provide direct access for the communities of both universities.
    • Strategy 2:
      Expand student staff support to allow more rapid growth of the image database projects for the two schools.
    • Strategy 3:
      Publicize library holdings and additions to the collection by adapting new technologies and linking with bibliographies and displays.
  • Objective 2:

    Initiate collaborative collection development within the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium (MIC).
    • Strategy 1:
      Identify collection strengths within each MIC library.
    • Strategy 2:
      Allocate budgetary resources collectively for shared acquisitions.
  • Objective 3:

    Expand the daily courier service beyond MIC to other colleges and universities in the state.

Efficiencies:

Reduce duplication in all formats. Initiate collaborative collection development with consortia. Expand the daily courier service. Establish a duplicate gift book exchange among MIC libraries. Consider not purchasing any requested book more than 2 years old if already owned by another MIC library.