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1 Strategic Approaches to the New Academic Library Internet Librarian 2007 Paul J. Bracke Associate Dean, Information Technology Tomalee Doan Head, Management & Economics Library

2 Context Purdue, like every other institution, is facing a changing information environment Leverage institutional characteristics to reposition the Libraries on campus –Collaborative –Moves into user flows –Supports quick change

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5 Campus Context Land-grant institution with 37,000 students Strengths in the Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Business, Hospitality, Tourism & Management Distributed environment –12 Libraries (down from 28 in the 1970s), Archives and Special Collections unit –Campus computing environment –Few central student spaces

6 Campus Strategic Plan Campus strategic plan organized around: -Discovery; Interdisciplinary research -Learning; Information Literacy -Engagement; Enhanced quality of life Mirrored in Libraries’ plan

7 Strategies for Moving to the New Model Staff transformation New initiatives Make foundational services more responsive Aggressively pursue new technologies Transform library spaces Do all of this quickly

8 Management & Economics Library (MEL) “on the move” Staff transformation –Created Associate Head position –Repurposed current paraprofessional staff –Hired 2 new library faculty, another approved –Hired 3 graduate assistants

9 Organizational restructuring creates new opportunities Service. Service. Service. Did I say service? New roles for librarians adds meaning and value to our customers –Information Access funding –Embedded Librarians –Entrepreneurship Business Information Network (eBIN) using sharepoint portal

10 Technology Tools that enable Infrastructure applications –Career Wiki –Information Workflow tracking application (Numara) –MyMEL toolbar –Course blogs : –Meebo –BizMAP –BizFAQ usiness&institution=purdue

11 Moving Quickly! A paradigm shift from reactive to proactive 8 times that desks & chairs & people changed location 34 people from other libraries volunteered to help us move our books and serials 38 windows replaced 266 boxes of annual reports moved to dark archive 379 boxes of books in the special collection 1,265 boxes packed and moved 6,306 carts pushed 20,657 linear feet of books & serials moved 20,700 green, red, blue, orange, and striped dots ordered to code materials 169,307 items moved 1,631,750 steps taken to move our collection (that’s estimated miles)

12 Build it and they will come… Zones for collaborative and quiet spaces Small high use print collection Instructional learn lab for teaching Business financial center Coffee shop Open 24/7 Place to see and be seen!

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