What an amazing year! We opened the new Makerspace and ScholarSpace funded by external grants. Our instruction sessions and research consultations were at an all-time high. Rod Library joined the Open Textbook Network, supporting the development of free online textbooks to reduce student debt. We moved to Alma, a new system which will allow us to work more collaboratively with Iowa and Iowa State and improve library workflows and patron information discovery. And we were the winner of the 2016 Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award for our successful crowdfunding campaign which resulted in the purchase of a Microsoft Surface Hub.
How do you top that? Well, as always, we listen to our users and work to continue to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented to us. We hope that this will be the year we get the go ahead to begin planning a renovation of the Rod Library building. We’ve made many improvements to the building over the last five years, but the mechanical systems are in desperate need of replacement. We’ll be hiring new faculty – a new Business Librarian and Special Collections Coordinator and University Archivist. We’ll continue to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, working to diversify our staff and our collections, and guaranteeing the library is a welcoming place for everyone. We’ll begin the process to align our current strategic plan with that of the University’s and develop metrics to ensure that we are accomplishing the goals we have committed to. Finally, we are developing initiatives to better document how we contribute to the University’s goals through analysis of library use as it correlates to student recruitment, retention, and success.
Here’s to another great year!
Chris Cox, Dean | Rod Library
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University of Northern Iowa, "Rod Library Annual Report 2016" (2016). Documents. 35.