STRATEGIC STEPS TO SUCCESS Oakwood College Eva B. Dykes Library 2006-2010
Abstract The library’s strategic plan is a blueprint for utilizing its resources, directing its operations and achieving its dreams. It is a picture of its future, organized by determined actions for achieving specific outcomes, consistent with the mission of Oakwood College.
Outline • 1 The College and Its Various Contexts • 2. The College’s Core Values • 3. The Eva B. Dykes Library • 4. Project Review
Outline • 5. Challenges • 6. Opportunities • 7. What Did We Learn? • 8. Summary
1. The College and Its Physical Context
1. The College and Its Historical Context • 1896 – Oakwood Industrial School • 1904 – Oakwood Manual Training School • 1917 – Oakwood Junior College • 1943 – Oakwood College • 2006 - Request to SACS pending for University Status • 2006 – 1800 students
College and Its Historical Context Cont'd • Dred Scott • Slave Cemetery
The College and Its Philosophical Context • Harmonious development of the whole person – social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual • Service to God and Humanity • Integration of faith and lifelong learning
College and Its Cultural Context • Cultural Center for black Seventh-day Adventists
2. College’s Core Values • Aim: Education, Excellence, Eternity • Motto: Enter to learn; depart to serve
2. College’s Core Values • Mission Statement Oakwood College, a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning, provides quality Christian education that emphasizes academic excellence, promotes harmonious development of mind, body and spirit; and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity.
2. College’s Core Values • 1. Spiritual Vitality • 2. Educational Excellence • 3. Nurturing Environment • 4. Operational Efficiency • 5. Resource Development • 6. Institutional Relations • 7. Technology Leadership
3. Eva B. Dykes Library • Established in 1973 • First African American female to complete the requirements for the PhD degree • Radcliffe • Aoelians • Chair, English Department • Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, Howard University
3. Eva B. Dykes Library Transition Years 2003 – 2005
Eva B. Dykes Library Mission Statement The Eva B. Dykes Library promotes academic excellence by supporting the College’s curriculum. It provides the Oakwood College community and constituents with access to quality resources and services that enhance teaching, learning, research and the integration of faith.
4. Project Review To develop the Library’s strategic plan (2006-2010)
4. Project Review • College’s Revised Strategic Plan • Recent Leadership Change • Proposed MAPS Program • New General Education Program • SACS Accreditation
4. Project Review - Methodology • Town Hall Meetings • General Education Survey • Friday Summits • Visit by Mentor • College’s Strategic Plan • Library Personnel Feedback
4. Project Review - Methodology • Identify themes • Develop goals for each theme • Identify strategies/objectives for accomplishing goals • Identify outcomes and timelines • Assess impact
4. Project Review - Themes • Organizational Development & Service • Instruction • Collections • Staff • Facilities • Communication & Cooperation • Technology
New Goals 4. Project Review - 1. Organizational Development & Service Goal: Provide and promote access to resources and services at the time and place of need. Develop the library to become an effective organization that is responsive to user needs. Departmental Goal: Enrich educational support services. College Goal: Ensure efficient service and resource management.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 2. Instruction Goal – Prepare/Produce an information literate graduate. Departmental Goal: Demonstrate academic excellence in teaching and learning. College Goal: Educational excellence.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 3. Collections Goal: Enrich teaching, learning and research through collections, access, and content management. • Department Goal: Enrich educational support services. • College Goal: Educational Excellence.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 4. Staff Goal: Recruit, support, and retain qualified and competent staff. • Departmental Goal: Recruit competent, qualified faculty (staff). • College Goal: Educational excellence.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 5. Facilities Goal: Continue to position and promote the library as a safe place (physical and virtual) that support scholarship. • Departmental Goal: Enrich educational support services. • College Goal: Nurturing environment.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 6. Communication & Cooperation Goal:Promote the physical and virtual library’s role in supporting teaching and learning. • Collaborate with campus and community partners, and service providers to deliver optimum goods and service. Departmental Goal: Enrich educational support. College Goal: Institutional Relations.
New Goals 4. Project Review - 7. Technology Goal: To employ and support current and emerging technologies, allowing users and staff to accomplish their goals. Departmental Goal: Enrich educational support services. College Goal: Maintain technologically progressive campus.
Technology • Goal: To employ and support current and emerging technologies, allowing users and staff to accomplish their goals (7). Strategy: To implement wireless technology (Summer 2006)
Technology Outcome: Wireless technology is installed in Summer 2006 Results: Library users make use of wireless technology with their laptops and those available for loan from Media Resources
Technology Use of Results: • Make decisions for future needs • User Satisfaction (Survey)
5. Challenges • Territorialism • Thinking Ahead to 2010 • Selling vision of library service to faculty • Getting feedback once document was completed
6. Opportunities Changing Directions Build on recent successes Willingness among some faculty to participate in library instruction and other initiatives
8. Summary • Mission Accomplished • Living Document • Periodic Evaluation
Appreciation • HBCU Library Alliance • Dr. Janice Franklin • Library Faculty & Staff @ Oakwood College
Sources Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. Commission on Colleges. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries." American Library Association. 2005.http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/guidelinesinstruction.htm (Accessed 03 Feb, 2006) "Standards for Libraries in Higher Education." American Library Association. 2005.http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/standardslibraries.htm (Accessed 03 Feb, 2006)
Sources Alabama State University. University Learning Resources Center. Five Year Plan for Library Advancement 2006-2010. Shaw University. Shaw University Libraries. Long Range Plan 2005-2010 Syracuse University Library. Targets for Transformation. 2002. http://libwww.syr.edu/information/strategicplan/ Accessed 01 February 2006. Arizona State University Libraries. Fletcher Library at the West Campus. 2005. http://library.west.asu.edu/aboutus/libdocs/strategic04-08.html. Accessed 01 February 2006.
The End Paulette Johnson, Elizabeth Mosby, George Lee