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TV2025 to set vision for Library’s strategic plan

From Mary Case:

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic planning process for the Library to be undertaken this year. The first step will be the development of a strategic vision for the future to be created by Team Vision 2025, a task force whose charge is to lead the Library in an inclusive process that will kickoff at the All Staff meeting on February 2, 2017. Watch for details!

Now that UIC has its new campus administrators in place and a new campus strategic plan, it is time for the Library to update its Strategic Plan from 2006. That plan has served us well providing a path forward for the Library for a decade.

Team Vision 2025 will guide us in the development of a community understanding of and commitment to our future—a vision for what the UIC Library will be in 2025. Such vision is critical in guiding the investments that will be needed to ensure the Library remains a vital partner in education, research, clinical care, and knowledge creation. I have asked the Task Force to devise a process for their work that will include participation by all Library staff and faculty and by representatives of our external constituencies.

Below is the charge to the Task Force and the list of members. My thanks to the members for their willingness to take on this assignment and to all of you for your active participation as the process moves forward.

Team Vision 2025: Creating a Future for the UIC University Library

Members: Linda Naru (chair), Kate Carpenter, Sandy De Groote, Gwen Gregory, Bob Sandusky, Andrea Smith

The Charge: 2025 Library Strategic Vision Team

The charge to Team Vision 2025 (TV2025) is to develop a vision to inform and to guide strategic development in the University Library throughout all aspects of Library operations over the next decade.

The Team should develop a map of the future, analyzing state, national and international trends that will influence the opportunities for the University Library and identify themes and areas for emphasis that will propel the Library to excellence, compelling value to faculty and students, the University, Chicago and Illinois, and enhanced national and international prominence.

The vision should encompass the strengths and potentials of all sites, including Rockford, Peoria and Urbana, culminating in broad recommendations valuable to Library decision-makers until the year 2025 and beyond. Key recommendations should be insights and ideas that can be interpreted flexibly, so they can be modified and adapted in response to changing conditions over time.

The Team’s report will (1) situate the University Library in a broader institutional, educational, professional and cultural context; (2) identify critical areas and salient features; (3) integrate multiple dimensions of strategic thinking and planning from Library departments, the Library faculty, Library users and the University; (4) propose new initiatives without evident University Library antecedents, as appropriate; and (5) promote organizationally thematic unity.

TV2025 deliberations will result in a clearly written document laying out the University Library’s values, purpose and mission, along with a vivid description of the UIC University Library in 2025. The report will also articulate Library strategies for meeting the needs of students and faculty at a high-quality public research institution in a unique urban setting.

The first step for the Team will be to develop an open process and aggressive timeline that provides for the active participation of any and all UIC Library staff. This first step should be completed by February 1.  The vision document itself should be completed by May 15. The Team will report its progress to the Library Steering Committee.

New employees in 2017

Mohzdeh Khodarahmi accepted the position of Library Operations Associate in the Daley Library Circulation Department, as of January 23, 2017.

Ben Aldred accepted the position of Assistant Professor and Reference and Liaison Librarian, as of January 23, 2017.  He will serve as liaison to the College of Urban Policy and Planning and the Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Amelia Brunskill accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor and Information Services and Liaison Librarian, as of February 6, 2017

Carrillo accepts Circulation head position

Elena Carrillo has accepted the position of Circulation Librarian and clinical assistant professor. She will begin during fall 2016; the exact start date is still to be determined.

Carrillo most recently was project developer/archivist at the University of Minnesota, working on an IMLS-funded project related to national repositories for African-American cultural history.  Her circulation experience began in 2008, also at Minnesota:  she held posts as coordinator of electronic reserves, circulation supervisor, and manager of a collections, access, and information unit in the Wilson Library.



Keller appointed Special Collections Librarian

Megan Keller has been appointed Instructor and Special Collections Librarian as of September 7, 2016.

In this position, Keller will teach classes, design instruction programs, and participate in outreach initiatives in the Special Collections unit at the Library of Health Sciences-Chicago. She will supervise one Library Specialist and student employees. In addition, she will handle reference questions, develop exhibits and digitization projects, process collections, create finding aids, and interact with donors. Other duties include collection development and responding to requests for photographer access to original CITY2000 images.

Keller retains her responsibilities as CME project archivist.

O’Brien appointed head of Access to Resources

Kevin O’Brien has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor and Head Librarian, Access to Resources at the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago, effective August 16, 2016.

Kevin served as interim head of the unit since August 16, 2013.  He started his initial appointment at UIC in 1997 in the Information Services Department at the Library of the Health Sciences. He moved to Access Services (now Access to Resources) in 1998, and in 2006, added a second, simultaneous appointment in Special Collections.

Kevin’s role as head librarian, Access to Resources, includes responsibility for circulation services, ILL, stack maintenance, and responsibility for building security and maintenance during evenings and weekends. In addition, he will be responsible for library services when extended hours on the first floor are launched in the coming months.  He plans to emphasize staff development and training to provide support and resources for new and expanded roles in the Access to Resources Department that are emerging as an outcome of the renovation, single service point, and ongoing extended hours.

Kevin served on the Library (Design) Team preparing for and planning the first floor renovation and was key in staff relocation and staging during construction. He chairs the Library of the Health Sciences Presence Committee and is editor of E-ppendix, the Library of the Health Sciences electronic newsletter. He also serves as an elected representative to the UIC Faculty Senate, the library’s representative to UIC United Faculty, and on numerous library committees. He curated several exhibitions on history of the health sciences at UIC and hosted several meetings of disciplinary historical societies in his role in Special Collections. He was the founding chair of the Medical Library Association Resource Sharing Special Interest Group.