In keeping with the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service, the mission of the University of California, Merced Library is to achieve excellence by meeting the diverse research, teaching, and public service needs of UC Merced researchers (students, faculty, and staff) with targeted, quality collections and relevant services which effectively and efficiently support the research life-cycle of finding, using, creating, and managing information.
Definition: A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives. Projects stand in contrast to operations, which are the permanent, repetitive efforts of a business or organization.
Goal A Projects - leverage physical resources
Goal B Projects - user communication & instruction
Goal C Projects - collaborations to increase usability & accessibility of resources
Goal D Projects - sustain information resources
Goal E Projects - positive work environment
Goal F Projects - digital curation and data management
Definition: Operations are the permanent, repetitive efforts of a business or organization. Operations stand in contrast to projects, which is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives.
Goal A Operations - leverage physical resources
Goal B Operations - user communication & instruction
Goal C Operations - collaborations to increase usability & accessibility of resources
Goal D Operations - sustain information resources
Goal E Operations - positive work environment
Goal F Operations - digital curation and data management
The library will leverage its physical resources (space, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and IT infrastructure) to provide for the common good of the UC Merced Library user community, with a non-exclusive bias towards meeting the needs of undergraduate students.
Provide accessible, functional, comfortable, and productive spaces that support a variety of academic needs, including quiet study, group study, social interaction, and campus meetings and events.
Make decisions about library public and staff spaces based on user assessment and professional judgment of library staff to achieve the greatest efficiency.
The library will sustain—in the face of a growing community of students and faculty—current quality of user communication and instruction services by optimizing our resources, collaborating with partners, leveraging technology, and diversifying our instruction models.
Support and develop scholar's ability to find, use, and manage information in support of their academic needs.
Create and target communications to specific academic audiences in order to increase their awareness of library services and resources.
The library will actively pursue innovative solutions and worthwhile collaborations that increase the usability and accessibility of information resources to support users' course work, research, and service.
Provide clear online pathways to library services and resources.
Deliver responsive, helpful, and satisfactory customer service to its users.
The library will sustain the current quality of library information resources in an environment of rapidly increasing numbers of users and growth of programs.
Provide information resources as appropriate in any format as appropriate with a preference for resources in electronic form.
Maintain commitment to, and investment in, non-ownership-based information-access strategies, such as:
- Interlibrary loan
- Supplemental course resources
- UC systemwide strategies (e.g. UC Shared Print in Place)
- Regional/national/international strategies (e.g. WEST, HathiTrust)
- Transformative strategies (e.g. open-access publication)
The library will maintain a positive work environment for all employees at all levels, providing regular opportunities for both individual and organizational development.
Support effective recruitment, training, and professional development opportunities as key elements in the success of the library.
Support effective recruitment and training of library student employees to enhance the success of the library and to foster their academic, professional, and personal growth.
The library will serve as the campus clearinghouse for digital curation to promote discoverability and access of research assets over the long-term.
Support UC Merced researchers in addressing and fulfilling the data management requirements of funders and in meeting preservation and access needs.
Foster a culture of good data management practices on campus to increase researchers’ effectiveness and to promote long-term access and discoverability of scholarly output.