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UCM Library Annual Assessment Plan 2011-2012

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.


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: Sara Davidson


Outcome A1
Provide accessible, functional, comfortable, and productive spaces that support a variety of academic needs, including quiet study, group study, social interaction, exhibits, and campus meetings and events.

Measures: A1, A2, A3

Outcome A2
Reduce physical barriers to information by providing easily navigated spaces, logically organized and maintained book stacks, robust networking, and clear self-service 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