Mission

Mission

The library users expect technology to provide fast and boundless access to information in all formats. Costs, skill levels, and infrastructure development present ongoing challenges. Infrastructure, electronic data content, bibliographic databases, and access to private, costly collections are areas of challenge for AIUB library.

Staffing

The AIUB Library is fortunate to have a large and dedicated group of workers. A very active Friend of the Library group raises funds to help offset special projects and programs.

  1. Seek and appoint a chief librarian to oversee recruiting and training of prospective volunteers.
  2. Review staff policies, job descriptions, and staffing needs on a yearly basis
  3. Develop full-time Position in order to expand library service and hours to the community.

Access to Library Materials

AIUB library collection can meet the needs of all its users.

Assessment:

Discovery of available materials via BOOK TRAXX and other library databases is increasing. Library users need a technological infrastructure that facilitates searching, discovery and requests for a broad range of library materials in a cost-effective manner. Library will have technology that supports construction of a customized catalog, searching and discovery of materials.

Priorities:

  1. Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, regional, national, and international electronic networks; and,
  2. Provide electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries.

Programs:

Staff Skills Training: Provide or promote training opportunities for library staff to develop skills needed to help user’s access library materials through these programs. Timeframe: AY2008-2012

Technology Challenges and Opportunities

The library users expect technology to provide fast and boundless access to information in all formats. Costs, skill levels, and infrastructure development present ongoing challenges. Infrastructure, electronic data content, bibliographic databases, and access to private, costly collections are areas of challenge for AIUB library.

Summary Needs Assessment:

  • i. Library serves as the sole source of Internet access for faculty/students to participate in an ever-increasing electronic environment. AIUB provides Internet access, training and technical support for faculty members and students.
  • ii. Adequate connectivity continues to be a concern as the library increases its use of technologies requiring higher bandwidth.
  • iii. Library needs to upgrade its technology infrastructure and need financial assistance to proceed with implementation

Access to Electronic Content

Access to electronic resources in library is necessary to gain the knowledge required to compete in an increasingly electronic economy.

Summary Needs Assessment:

Users expectations for finding and using electronic content, including text, audio, and video, have expanded exponentially in recent years. Enable users to locate and easily use electronic content by providing databases and content in various formats, as well as, training and tools for searching and using it effectively.

Priorities:

Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, regional, national, and international electronic networks.

Targets toward goal:

  1. 30% increase in overall usage of electronic database resources by 2012.
  2. User satisfaction with library’s website and online services will increase by 30%
  3. Usage of electronic database resources will increase 25% by 2012.

Programs:

  • A) Electronic content: Leverage AIUB funding, and cost-sharing processes to increase electronic journals consortium available for library including databases and other formats; continue technical support for customized databases. Timeframe: AY 2008-2012.
  • B) Content Selection: Provide training for library staff for collection development and effective administration of electronic resources, develop curriculum, schedule and conduct workshops and/post online tutorials. Timeframe: AY2008-2012
  • C) Content Usage: Provide staff training, to develop curriculum, schedule and conduct workshops, and post online materials. Timeframe: AY2008-2012

Collection Development

The collection in any library must serve the entire community. Planning for, selecting, purchasing, promoting, and maintaining the collection is the first responsibility of the librarian. Today, library collections are expected to encompass far more than the bound print media of old. Audio and video tapes, local and remote online resources, and historical collections comprising photographs, letters, and other memorabilia must be acquired and maintained using new technologies. This portion of the Five-Year Plan addresses these issues.

Inventory and develop collection policies

  1. Determine which materials will be housed at the library.
  2. Write a policy for acquisitions and weeding.

Preserve library archival material

  1. Provide secure systems for user’s access to prevent loss or damage.

Complete collection maintenance schedule

  1. Thoroughly weed collection.
  2. Complete an inventory, matching the shelf list with the collection.
  3. Obtain a count of the collection.
  4. Maintain an accurate count by improving tracking of acquisitions and withdrawals.