Mission and Strategic Plan

Library: A Campus Resource Building

The renovation and expansion of the Library building provides many new opportunities for the Loyola and Notre Dame communities to utilize the facility for academic and co-curricular purposes. In addition to functioning as a place to store materials, the Library contains space for individual study, group work, research, and social interaction among students, faculty, and staff. The Library strives to become more connected to the two institutions, encouraging use of the building for classes, lectures, meetings, exhibits, and other events.

GOAL 1

Create a library environment that is welcoming, convenient, and functional, thus encouraging patrons to make effective and efficient use the Library's resources and facilities.

  • Objective 1:

    Provide services and resources that enhance patron use of the Library.
    • Strategy 1:
      Create an interactive online tour of the Library.
    • Strategy 2:
      Increase and improve signage throughout the building.
    • Strategy 3:
      Update floor maps and add more as necessary.
  • Objective 2:

    Evaluate the building usage, the programs offered, and the quality of services to determine where and how improvements can be made.
    • Strategy 1:
      Conduct regular patron surveys and make any changes or adjustments to library operations.
    • Strategy 2:
      Collect and analyze statistics such as gate count, room use, circulation information, reference questions, etc.

GOAL 2

Contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and recreational pursuits of the institutions beyond the classroom.

  • Objective 1:

    Enhance communication with Loyola and Notre Dame faculty and student groups to improve awareness and use of library resources.
    • Strategy 1:
      Increase internal, external, and electronic communication of services, programs, and Library news.
  • Objective 2:

    Encourage the use of the Library spaces by Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, staff and students.
    • Strategy 1:
      Solicit presentations, performances, and exhibits from campus departments, offices, and student groups.
    • Strategy 2:
      Showcase events that take place in the library.

GOAL 3

Create a marketing plan that promotes Library services and collections, informed by data collected from surveys of faculty and student needs.

Efficiencies:
Monitor building systems to ensure optimum performance; assess whether energy-efficient modifications are feasible; monitor library usage to fit library hours; research possible cost savings on building supplies through alternative products or vendors. Use social networking tools to promote and assess building usage.