James White Library Strategic Plan - 2002
Cover | Preface | Librairies and Change | Themes | Communities | Environment | Knowledge Resources | Human Resources | Appendix
Definition and Vision
While print materials will continue to be the backbone of the library's resources, their primacy will decline as digital information resources continue to multiply at a rapid rate. The "information explosion" that librarians talked about when publication rates soared during the sixties and seventies appears in hindsight to have been a small eruption compared to the barrage of electronic information that is now in the process of totally reshaping our society.
It is certainly re-shaping the way libraries do business. What to collect and how to provide access to it have become major issues for academic libraries. Library decisions have often become multiple-choice decisions. Managing acquisition and access to the exploding universe of knowledge resources, while experiencing diminishing budgets, has emerged as a major dilemma and priority for academic libraries. Impacted by the dilemma are users who demand access to the broad spectrum of knowledge resources in all formats. In the face of all this, university libraries must shift their focus from "Here's what I have" to "Tell me what you want." 1
Faced with a deluge of knowledge on the one hand, and a receding pool of funds on the other, James White Library will be challenged to select its resources wisely, so that there is a good match between what is acquired and what is required. The needs of a growing off-campus clientele will influence choices of format and access. A "just-in-time" approach to information delivery will be dependent upon fast access through traditional interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery. The library will also be challenged to provide appropriate vehicles and levels of bibliographic access, ranging from traditional cataloging to the manipulation of metadata. Finally, the library will itself contribute to the stockpile of resources by creating its own digital content for unique Adventist materials as well as for electronic reserves.
In its collection development the library will seek to maintain an emphasis on faith-building resources, both through acquisition and Internet links.
The wise use of financial resources demands attention to the assessed needs of academic programs.
1Metz, Terry. Wanted: Library leaders for a discontinuous future. Library Issues, 21 (3), Jan 2001.
Resources development plans and strategies will be based on the assessed information needs of students and faculty, with the understanding that needs will differ according to programs and geographic locations.
James White Library will provide appropriate levels of bibliographic access for all of its resources.
Students and faculty will be provided with the speediest available methods for obtaining material not held by the James White Library.
James White Library will participate with other libraries in projects which have the objective of acquiring and sharing valuable knowledge resources.
James White Library will create useful digital resources from its own unique and special collections.