IUPUI University Library Strategic Directions

David Lewis

January 2015





The development and continued growth of digital and networked technologies have fundamentally changed scholarly communication and the information ecosystem generally.  In response, academic libraries must change the ways they operate and to some extent, the roles they play.


Over the next three to five years, the University Library will focus its efforts in the following areas in order to assure that IUPUI students and faculty can be successful and that appropriate contributions are made to the wellbeing of the broader community. 


In doing so, the University Library will continue to be a leader and innovator.



Strategic Directions


1.    Provide informal academic space for students.

a.    Maintain an environment conducive to study, both individual and in groups.

b.    Provide users with support for the use of library resources both when they are in the building and when they are elsewhere.

c.     Continue to upgrade and enhance study spaces.

d.    Develop dedicated space for PhD students.


2.    Create collections and document delivery options that increase the resources available and do so in more cost effective ways.

a.    Increase the use of article purchase on demand as an alternative to subscriptions where this is the more economical alternative.

b.    Continue to enhance interlibrary loan capacity and effectiveness.

c.     Expand user driven purchasing of both electronic and print book purchasing.

d.    Build core collections through the use of approval plans.

e.    Explore cooperative collection development.

f.      Reduce the space required for the print collection through the use of data driven withdrawal of material where use is minimal and reliable alternative means of providing the items exist.

g.    Reduce the cost of selection, processing, and cataloging by using alternative methods where they are more cost effective.

h.    Assure that library users have remote access to collections and services through a well designed web presence.


3.    Develop research level special collections with a focus on philanthropy and artist books.

a.    Continue to develop and maintain world-class collections in philanthropy including monographs, serials, and subscription databases.

b.    Continue to seek out and acquire manuscript collections in philanthropy at the local, state, and national level; preserve and provide the widest possible access to these collections.

c.     Design and develop a portal for philanthropy open access resources, building upon and integrating existing database resources developed at IUPUI (i.e. Philanthropic Studies Index, PRO: Philanthropy Resources Online, FoLiO: Foundation Literature Online, and Philanthropy E-Archives).

d.    Develop a fund for Muslim American Philanthropy in order to expand the University Library’ Philanthropy Collections.

e.    Identify prospects and pursue funding for a large-scale digitization project focused on the library’s historical collection of form 990 PFs.

f.      Continue to develop the Herron Library artist book collection with a particular focus on the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project, an internationally known collection by a diverse community of writers and artists.


4.    Assure the preservation of and access to the records that document the history of the IUPUI campus.


5.    Assure that students at all levels have the expertise to productively use the information environment so that they can achieve their academic and career goals.

a.    Work with University College to productively engage in their first year program so that students have a solid grounding in the role of information in higher education and how this impacts their ability to be effective college students.

b.    Work with schools and departments to assure that at appropriate points in the curriculum students receive instruction in research skills and practices necessary to be successful in the discipline.

c.     Work with schools and departments to assure that graduate students understand the research skills and practices necessary to be productive scholars and practitioners.

d.    Provide in-library and remote access to librarian’s research expertise through a program of research consultations.

e.    Assure that students are aware of the changing scholarly information ecosystem and can ethically and legally use it to their advantage both as consumers and creators of knowledge.

f.      Explore ways to create tutorials and other digital resources to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the library’s educational programs.


6.    Enhance the ability of IUPUI students and faculty to make their scholarly output widely accessible and to assure it’s preservation.

a.    Implement the IUPUI Open Access (OA) Policy.

b.    Educate and guide faculty understanding of and compliance with Federal and publisher OA mandates.

c.     Enhance faculty and student data archiving and sharing via DataWorks.

d.    Increase faculty knowledge of and participation in the digitization of their research collections.

e.    Support faculty and campus administration in documenting evidence of research impact, particularly with application of nontraditional metrics.

f.      Increase faculty and student use of digital humanities tools.

g.    Increase the efficiency of infrastructure and services that support digital scholarship, including metadata production, minting of DOIs, and effective hardware and software platforms.

h.    Develop and implement a robust data preservation system.


7.    Working with partners from the community develop digital collections that document the history and culture of Indianapolis and Indiana.

a.    Create community focused, collaborative cultural heritage digital collections.

b.    Facilitate Development of Digital Public Library of America in Indiana.


8.    Create the organizational capacity to develop and deploy the expertise and resources necessary to accomplish these goals.

a.    Develop the capacity to effectively evaluate and asset the library’s programs, especial those related to education and digital scholarship.

b.    Support the ongoing professional and organizational development of all library staff to assure that the library has the expertise necessary to achieve its goals.

c.     Implement emerging organizational redevelopment plan including review of the library’s program of liaisonship, as well as the creation and integration of small, agile working groups to address current project work and long-term goals in a responsive manner.

d.    Institute a “leadership development” strategy through revised performance evaluation processes across the organization.

e.    Create orientation and training programs, with special emphasis on a shared organizational approach to service.

f.      Through grants and philanthropy raise funds to support library goals, especially in the areas of cultural heritage, space redevelopment, gifts in kind to priority special collections, and the support of student engagement.

g.    As part of the University’s Bicentennial campaign pursue a naming gift for the library.

h.    Pursue external funding to support assessment of library reorganization effort.

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