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Keeping in Step:  Libraries & the Institutional Mission

Friday, May 20th from 8:45am – 4:00pm

FFA Enrichment Center – Des Moines Area Community College – Ankeny, Iowa

Keynote:  Megan Oakleaf

In recent years, academic librarians have recognized and responded to the reality that university, college, and community college libraries cannot afford to march to the tune of their own drummer. They must, at least in part, keep in step with the missions, priorities, and values of their institutions. Academic libraries are a part of their overarching institutions, and if they wish to remain important (or regain their importance) in that context, they must

  • ascertain the most important and most influential goals of their key stakeholders, be they students, parents, communities, faculty, administrators, resource allocators, or accreditors;
  • align those goals with library services and resources;
  • determine the degree to which existing services and resources contribute to those goals;
  • consider ways to increase library service and resource impact on those goals by doing something better or differently; and
  • communicate their efforts and successes to those who need or want to know the library's value to institutional missions.

Although this process might appear lengthy and difficult, it need not be. Academic librarians can leverage their campus awareness, professional expertise, and commitment to improvement to take small, specific, concrete, and meaningful steps to connect library services and resources to priorities and values of their institutions.

Join us for a lively presentation and discussion that will inspire "take home" ideas and strategies you can implement at your own library.

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This conference is open to LIS professionals, students, and the public.  It is organized by the Iowa chapter of ACRL and sponsored, in part, by bepress.  A representative from bepress will attend the conference to answer any questions and to present a session on their products and services. This conference would not have been possible without their support!!