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UCM Library Annual Assessment Plan 2012-2013: Goal A: Physical Resources

Goal A

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.

Outcomes

Outcome A1

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.

Measures: A1, A2, A3, A4

Outcome A2

Reduce physical barriers to information by providing easily navigated spaces, logically organized and maintained book stacks, and clear options for library services.

Measures: A2, A3

Outcome A3

Make all decisions about library spaces based on both user assessment and the professional judgment of library staff.

Measures: A1, A2, A3, A4

Measures

Measure A1

The UC Merced Library will annually compare its opening hours with those of other UC Libraries with the goal of being at or above the UC Systemwide median for total hours open.

Responsibility: Eric Scott

Measure A2

The UC Merced Library will measure building occupancy rates, tying measured occupancies to day of the week, time of day, and library locations. The Library Access Services Department will conduct daily occupancy counts on nights and weekends; it will conduct weekday counts from 2 to 4 times per semester. The library will analyze this data and consider it in planning the scheduling of operating hours, staffing levels, and furniture acquisition.

Responsibility: Eric Scott

Measure A3

Seventy-five percent of students in focus groups will respond that they are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the library's physical resources. Findings inconsistent with this goal will be examined for space planning implications.

Responsibility: Eric Scott

Measure A4

The UC Merced Library will collect data on the number and type of events hosted in the library with the goal of creating a longitudinal record of the use of the library.

Responsibility: Eric Scott