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UCM Library Planning & Assessment: UCM Library Annual Assessment Plan & Report 2019-2020

UC Merced Library Annual Assessment Plan and Report 2018-2019

This plan and report is based on the four areas outlined in the UC Merced Library Strategic Plan.

The Library's Annual Assessment Plan and Report for 2019-2020 was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in several ways. Most significantly, the closure of campus delayed not only the Library's strategic planning process, which was scheduled to be completed in June 2020, but also delayed both the related campus-wide Academic Planning process and the Library's second-ever Periodic Review. Information created and decisions reached as a result of all three of the above processes would have been incorporated into the Library's Annual Assessment Plan and Report had not the pandemic interfered. 

The closure of campus and move to online instruction imposed, of course, unprecedented burdens on Library collections and services, including the disruption in-person consultation and instruction, public access to physical collections, the processing of interlibrary loan requests, work on archival collections, the hiring of new staff, the hosting of public events such as the Tenth Annual Central Valley Geosummit, and more. Faced with the closing of campus and the jump to online instruction, the UC Merced Library was able to respond quickly and effectively, in part because the digital nature of much of the Library's collections and services meant these resources could be provided remotely with little or no additional effort. Examples of how the UC Merced Library responded to the challenges raised by the pandemic include: 

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Access Services

  • Although print-format materials could no longer be loaned or borrowed via interlibrary loan (ILL) continued to provide electronic materials, including recent articles from Elsevier journals that are no longer available to UC affiliates. 
  • Staffed the Kolligian Library building with a skeleton crew. 


  • Managing relocation of staff to work from home (including telecommuting agreements) and access to the building for essential employees. 
  • Managing the disruption of student library-employees' scheduling and work responsibilities. 
  • Ensuring that ongoing administrative processes, such as staff hiring, were not disrupted. 

Collection Services

  • Access to millions of in-copyright books via the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. 
  • Continued acquiring and processing new materials being added to the Library collection. 
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Digital Curation and Scholarship

  • Continued digitization of course materials as well as materials in support of faculty research projects
  • Continued digitization of UCCE archival collections
  • Provided Carpentries and research computing workshops via Zoom.
  • Developed and submitted proposals for CARES funding and other grants (UC MRI, IMLS, Mellon)

Research and Learning Services

  • Expanded time commitment to 24/7 digital chat services. 
  • Provided one-on-one reference consultations (via Zoom) that Library users could schedule using the Library's existing Make an Appointment webpage.
  • Provided instruction to UC Merced courses via Zoom.
  • Provided a drop-in office hour service via Zoom.  


  • Continued to support faculty and administrative GIS projects. 

UC Merced Library as a Whole

  • Launched multiple initiatives to communicate with the campus community regarding the availability of Library collections and services.
  • Continued work on the UC Libraries Shared Integrated Library System (SILS), a massive project involving all ten UC campuses and the California Digital Library. 


Research Excellence and Academic Distinction

Research Excellence & Academic Distinction 

As an essential partner in UC Merced’s pursuit of research excellence and academic distinction, the Library will:

  • Support scholarly communication & open access to information.
  • Enable access to collections of high quality and unique information resources that support the research areas of the UC Merced intellectual community.
  • Serve as a center of expertise for the stewardship of campus intellectual output.


Library Liaison Outreach to Faculty

Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC) 

Digital Curation & Scholarship

  • Completed NEH-funded digitization of UCSF/SFPL/GLBTHS collections documenting San Francisco's response to the AIDS epidemic: 156,955 pages over 2 years
  • Completed digitization of 35,851 pages and 3,690 photographs from UCCE collections. Published collections from UCCE Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo and UCCE San Joaquin counties on Calisphere. Published finding aids for Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Modoc, Tulare, Sutter, Yuba and Butte collections on Online Archive of California. Processed total of 252 LF. Acquired records from Butte UCCE office.
  • Processed additions to Dunya Ramicova collection and updated finding aid.
  • Hosted MLIS intern to process University Archives materials.
  • Continued to administer Carpentries instructor training and Carpentries workshops
  • Delivered report on faculty publishing habits to LASC and deans' council

Engagement with UC Merced Academic Senate Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication


Collections Statistics

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Third Annual Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence

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Student Success

Student Success

UC Merced Library Research and Learning Services

As an active, engaged partner in student success, the Library will:

  • Create user experiences that promote and encourage collaboration, exploration, and intellectual curiosity through direct user engagement, exemplary service and support, and welcoming learning spaces.
  • Invest in scalable and innovative teaching and learning projects and services that align with and advance the University’s core educational missions while encouraging the active and inquisitive discovery and production of knowledge.

Digital Curation and Scholarship

  • Continued to administer Carpentries instructor training and Carpentries workshops as well as targeted workshops for graduate students
  • Conducted workshops in support of SSHA Luce grant for new model of humanities graduate education

Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC

Organizational Sustainability

Organizational Sustainability

As a learning organization committed to ongoing quality improvement, the Library will:

  • Provide its employees with ample opportunities for professional development.
  • Foster a culture of assessment which values data-driven decision making.
  • Support a diverse workforce and embrace fair and open processes for hiring and advancement.


Digital Curation and Scholarship

  • Implemented ABBYY FineReader Server for improved OCR capability
  • Quantified digitization output/rates based on NEH and UCCE work completed

Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC) 

  • SpARC generated approximately $XXXXXX in recharge fees. 

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

As a research organization committed to building strategic collaborations, the Library will:

  • Build partnerships with faculty, campus stakeholders, and other community members to pursue mutually beneficial projects, programs, and collaborations.
  • Create an outreach program to identify potential community partnerships and gift opportunities.





1. Faculty Networking Hour in Celebration of Open Access Week, October 23, 2019.

  • Approximately thirty faculty members attended the networking hour, many of whom engaged in conversations about open access and scholarly publishing. 

Development Activities:

Digital Curation & Scholarship:

  • Community members (Merced Farm Bureau) appointed to CARA Steering Committee
  • Conducted tours and presentations to UCCE staff and retirees, other community members