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Iowa State University Library Assessment Plan: Fiscal Year 2020 Report

2020-09-30 , Davis, Greg , Anderson, Linda , Vega García, Susan , University Library

The Iowa State University Library Assessment Plan was developed over the course of 2017, and adopted in October of 2017. The plan provides a framework for efforts related to the creation, assembly, and analysis of library data and information. The assessment plan and supporting information related to it can be found on the Iowa State Library Assessment Website.

The assessment plan is aligned with the library’s five-year strategic plan (2015-2020) and is intended to support strategic decision-making in the library. The assessment plan’s guiding principles are:

• Data-driven: Strive to stay objective, impartial, and grounded in research and analysis.
• Impactful: Focus on the usefulness and impact of library services on users and recommend library process changes based on expertise and findings.
• Productive: Produce and promote innovative, creative, user-friendly, trustworthy, and timely products.
• Efficient: Re-purpose assessment data to support the ongoing review of library operations and tell the Library's story.
• Integrated: Help all ISUL units tell their stories and promote their services. Find and present relevant data in the most valid and effective ways.
• Open: Advance library communication and evidence-based librarianship by sharing and promoting work with the ISUL community.

At the heart of the Iowa State University Library Assessment Plan is a strategy map (Figure 1). A strategy map is a diagram that is used to document the primary strategic objectives being pursued by an organization. The strategy map provides a logic model for the strategy of the organization.

A well-designed strategy map provides a condensed (one side of one piece of paper) view of an organization’s strategic objectives. By providing a simple visual representation of the organization’s most important strategic objectives, the strategy map is useful as a tool to enable discussions within the library related to those objectives, and consideration of measured progress towards those objectives.

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Inclusive Policies Review: A Method and Model for Debiasing Policies

2022-03-02 , Vega García, Susan , Sullivan, Laura , University Library , University Library

Policies in organizations are often regarded as authoritative and objective statements that set regulations, rules, and expectations on specific processes and situations, and define what is permissible. However, policies can also be subject to hidden oppressive biases. In Fall 2020, the University Library's DEI Committee initiated their Inclusive Policies Review project. The purpose of this project is to review library policies for biases and inequity, and then recommend changes with the goal of having policies that are more inclusive, antiracist and bias-free, as well as to create more inclusive environments for the library and its patrons. Important parts of the project development included the involvement of stakeholders and creation of procedures and a rubric to guide our policy reviews. Presenters will discuss development and implementation of the project and include points of view from policy reviewers and stakeholders. Attendees will learn how this project was developed, progress to date, and a method for implementing similar projects for their own departments or units.

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Inclusive Policies Review: Identifying and Addressing Systems of Oppression in Library Policies

2023-02 , Vega García, Susan , University Library