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UCM Library Annual Assessment Plan 2011-2012

Goal D

The library will sustain the current quality of library information resources in an environment of rapidly increasing numbers of users and growth of programs.


Measure D1
Seventy-five percent of students in focus groups will respond that they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the library’s information resources.

Responsibility: Sara Davidson


Measure D2
In collaboration with the Academic Senate, the library will form a faculty advisory committee in order to get additional faculty input on information resources.

Responsibility: Donald Barclay


Measure D3
Participate in systemwide ILL Customer Satisfaction Survey to establish a baseline for future assessment.

Responsibility: Eric Scott


Measure D4
In 2009-2010, the library filled 96% direct requests from faculty to order books or DVDs. (The failures (n=6) were DVDs unavailable from any source.) For 2011-2012 the library will achieve a similar rate of success in filling direct requests from faculty.

Responsibility: Jim Dooley


Measure D5
In 2009-2010, the UC Merced Library’s information resources budget ($1,174,706) represented 39% of the library’s total budget ($2,970,364). For 2011-2012, the library’s information resources budget will equal or exceed 39% of its total budget. In addition, UC Merced Library will be at or above the median for percentage of total budget expended on information resources as compared the other UC Libraries.

Responsibility: Jim Dooley


Measure D6
In 2009-2010 the library’s technical services staff catalogued and processed 11,850 physical items and catalogued 50,000 electronic books and journals. For 2011-2012 technical services staff will sustain the same levels of throughput in cataloguing and processing as in 2009-2010.

Responsibility: Jim Dooley


Measure D7
During the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters, the library’s Supplemental Course Resources (SCR) loaded 1274 documents to CROPS at the request of UCM faculty and instructors. For 2011-2012 SCR will load a similar number of documents to CROPS.



Measure D8
Assess the amount of open-access publishing by UC Merced researchers in order to create a baseline against which to measure future growth or shrinkage of open-access publishing by UC Merced researchers.

Responsibility: Emily Lin and Susan Mikkelsen


Outcome D1
Provide information resources–both owned and leased–that directly support the current research and instructional needs of the students, staff, and faculty of the university.

Measures: D1, D2, D4


Outcome D2
Acquire information resources in any format as appropriate, though with a preference for resources in electronic format.

Measures: D4, D5, D6


Outcome D3
Maintain current collection funding priorities:

  1. Materials purchased or licensed at faculty request
  2. All-campus licenses for e-journals, e-books and databases (Tier 1)
  3. Selected less-than-all-campus licenses for e-journals, e-books and databases (Tier 2)
  4. Locally licensed e-books available through patron-driven acquisition plans
  5. Strategic investments in response to changes in research and publication practices (e.g. open-access publishing, digital preservation)
  6. Purchase of print monographs through an approval plan
  7. Coverage of areas of emerging interest that may be included in future research and instructional programs.



Outcome D4
Maintain commitment to, and investment in, non-ownership-based information-access strategies, such as:

  1. Interlibrary loan
  2. Supplemental course resources
  3. UC systemwide strategies (e.g. UC Shared Print in Place)
  4. Regional/national/international strategies (e.g. WEST, HathiTrust)
  5. Transformative strategies (e.g. open-access publication)

Measures: D3, D7, D8