1. Working on: Tim and I have been looking into whether Cal Poly should join the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL collections are especially deep in STEM fields and international resources, and CRL membership means access to these through resource sharing services. CRL offers long borrowing periods (up to 6 months) for print monographs; access to Linda Hall Library resources (one of the best engineering library collection), and deep global resources supporting international studies. As Tim finalizes a draft vision for Kennedy’s future information resource collections, what is on our physical and digital “shelves” will be complemented by our participating in networks like Rapid ILL and CRL.
2. Excited about: Next Thursday’s iDi gathering during the UU hour. This is shaping up to be an informative and interactive session featuring the current projects of our iDi teams, who are piloting new digital image platforms and new digital archiving tools. The iDi vision is now nearly 3 years old, and this meeting next week will be a chance to look back at all we’ve accomplished that we set out to do three years ago (check out our September all-staff meeting to remember where we were in 2012!). Next week’s gathering also gives us a chance to see what’s left and what’s changed in our vision as we set our priorities and goals for the next five years.
3. Thinking about: We just submitted our ACRL stats, which shows that we have to count some things (people, books, circulation, downloads, workload); being aware of trends can be helpful (gatecount seems to be up again, ILL is holding steady). But how do we measure our contributions to learning, research, community? I pulled out my copy of “How to Measure Anything” about how to measure intangibles using “uncertainty reduction” – not counting, but techniques like sampling, estimation, and observation. Another good article on this is Maxwell Anderson’s “Metrics of Success in Art Museums” from the Getty Leadership Institute. Anderson makes a case for using measures that are directly connected with core values and mission, such as quality of visitor experience, or caliber and diversity of staff. Do you have a good article or book on this too? I’d love to hear about it.
Have a great weekend,