Happy Friday!

It’s May – and we’re on track with our strategic plan, thanks to EGG’s great work on horizon-scanning.  Now, we’ve begun to map out our vision of big projects over the next 5-7 years.  I realize each of our “big projects” is in essence a powerful mini-vision. Five years ago, we declared our vision to “become nationally recognized”, and a year ago we hit that mark!  Now we’re committing to equally exciting, concrete, achievable visions for our programs between 2015 and 2022.  We want our next strategic plan to (1) be about what we’ll do for our users, and (2) be concrete.  We’re starting to outline major themes drawn from the EGG-phase, and mini-visions.  You can see the work in progress on the wiki.   ExTeam members will be working in their departments throughout May on this phase of our work.  We expect to have a first full draft of the new strategic plan ready to share in June.

I’m excited to report that our spring searches for several positions are going really well.  In addition to welcoming Cassandra Castillo on Monday to Kennedy in Information Resources & Resource Sharing (welcome Cassandra!), the Associate Dean search committee’s work as well as the Engineering Librarian search are moving quickly toward late spring interviews; and two other LSS positions are close to being posted.

I’ve been thinking about senior projects/capstone experiences, and talking with several of you about what our vision is for the library’s role in them.  What form(s) do they take?  What’s our role in coaching them, archiving them, curating them, sharing them?  If a senior project doesn’t take the form of a PDF file, is there a place at Kennedy Library for it?  But there’s the even bigger question of what a great ‘capstone’ experience is – what kind of big challenges demonstrably prepare students for their next step in life?  Here’s an interesting answer: Stanford University’s “Designing your Life” course:  “You can’t know the future, but you can know what’s available and you can prototype different versions of the you that you might become.”  Is this the real design problem that our students’ capstone experiences are intended to solve?

Enjoy the weekend,