The Library Leadership Team agreed at its meeting this week on a set of projects that places the Public Services Renewal (PSR) project recommendations in the context of existing plans and priorities. There are two important observations to bear in mind. First, we’re continuing with the organizational direction set with the recommendations of R2 and the Library Change Steering Group in 2010 and the Library and Archives Master Plan in 2013. Second, the PSR report affirmed that direction and provided an initial chart of the landscape, but, to use a hiking metaphor, the trails still need to be blazed and marked. That doesn’t happen overnight, and service delivery changes won’t happen overnight.
The Library Leadership Team compiled a set of four major projects that will be integrated and facilitated with the help of the contract project manager position to be filled this month. Project charters are in progress. The projects are:
- Services, including defining the scope and staffing for the organizational unit proposed in the PSR recommendations and undertaking a multi-pronged implementation process
- Web presence redesign, including virtual service point look and feel, content to support service at any location, and interactive services
- Collections, including the new print collection paradigm envisioned in LAMP, Downsview storage implementation, and specific physical collections moves
- Spaces, including planning for projects outlined in LAMP, such as Law Library renovations, the move of Music to Stauffer, the Stauffer terrace, etc.
A draft communications plan in development with University Marketing and University Communications was also reviewed by LLT this week. Comments are welcome. This will be a guiding plan for our communications coordinator when that role is filled. The position is currently in the job evaluation process. And speaking of communication, we’ve had several stories in the Queen’s News recently: our open access event, our ‘pop-up café’, and our champion spellers.
A sad item of note last week was the passing of Donald A. Redmond, chief librarian at Queen’s from 1966 to 1977. His background is mentioned briefly in notices, but for those of us with a penchant for history we can enjoy longer stories of this period from the writings of former Library staff member Hilary Richardson. Hilary’s accounts are in QSpace, including one about Douglas Library in 1966.