Former Committees & Taskforces


The University of Wisconsin Libraries






The UW System libraries, fostering the “one system, one library” concept by working together as a coordinated university library system, will provide students, faculty, staff and Wisconsin citizens with access to a truly great public university library collection and to a global network of electronic information resources.



Implementing this vision will require pursuing the following strategic directions, goals and actions:



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 1:  UW library collections will be developed as an integrated, interdependent resource for University research and teaching, building upon the concept of “one system, one library.”     


·  Develop UW System-wide resource sharing that provides open access and common library policies across campuses to serve the community of UW users in concert with campus and library missions.


Ž   Apply CUWL Resource Sharing Policy Recommendations to Universal Borrowing implementation [see Recommendations and Plans: and Policies related to UB Implementation:].           


·  UW System and UW Libraries will allocate funding to enhance resource sharing and delivery services that will provide UW students, faculty and staff timely and unrestricted access to all UW library collections.


Ž   Explore commercial software options to enhance resource sharing services across UW libraries including implementation of rapid desktop journal article delivery capabilities at all UW libraries. 

Ž   Continue to support the 5-day ground courier per week delivery to all UW libraries.


·  Provide all UW students, faculty and staff with convenient access to a shared collection of materials and electronic resources including full-text journals, reference resources, and government information.  Such resources depend upon strong local

collections and will increasingly include digitized materials from the UW Libraries’ existing collections. 


Ž   Implement goals entailed in the “Report of the CUWL Committee on Strategic Directions for Digitizing UW Library Collections” []. 

Ž   Expand number of shared databases funded with System and/or campus monies contingent upon available budgets.

Ž   Continue to experiment with and develop collection of electronic books. 

Ž   Investigate the role of UW Libraries in serving as repositories for digital learning objects. Work with the Wisconsin Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory (ADL Co-Lab) and other cooperative projects to provide course materials for online education and to make sure these created materials are based on standards for interoperability. 


·  Promote cooperative collection development, statewide licensing of electronic information, and coordinated policies to control costs and with respect to copyright and the intellectual property created by faculty and students.


Ž   Undertake one cooperative journal collection development project.

Ž   Develop a mechanism for sharing decisions on periodicals de-selection and other collection management decisions of system-wide import.

Ž   The Collection Development Committee (CDC) will conduct a review of cooperative collection development policies.


·  Inform and partner with faculty, administrators and publishers to develop new viable models of scholarly communication that are equitable and affordable. 


Ž   Seek to inform university administration and faculty about “The Keystone Principles” and factors which lead to “a more competitive information environment thereby reducing the cost of commercial information” [].

      Ž   Support SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), JSTOR and similar initiatives where feasible.



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2:  The UW libraries will provide timely access to the high quality, shared book, periodical and multimedia information resources of the UW libraries and gateways to digital information resources.


·  Continue to upgrade and enhance the common library management system to support UW strategic library goals with respect to resource sharing, integrated information access, and controlling costs. 


Ž   Install and implement Voyager Universal Borrowing (UB) in most UW sites by fall semester 2001, aiming for complete implementation no later than December 31, 2001.

Ž   Upgrade Voyager as future releases become available.


·  Provide a variety of research and searching tools to allow online catalog or web access to the breadth of digital information and identification of the broad array of locally owned paper and multimedia resources.


Ž   Investigate software that allows searching across multiple electronic resources.

Ž   Investigate and support campus IT units’ incorporation of library access into campus portals.

Ž   Incorporate new interoperability standards such as the Open Archives Initiative, Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and XML into library access technology.


·        Implement library technologies that will provide students with remote access to course materials via electronic reserve reading services and other electronic learning technologies.


Ž   Pool resources to provide expertise in implementing electronic reserves across all campuses.


·  Identify and develop policies, funding sources, and resource sharing mechanisms that will adequately serve students and faculty in a distributed learning environment.  


                        Ž   Support remote access to licensed electronic resources.

Ž   Seek CUWL representation on the UW System Online Learning Policy Council. 

Ž   Support the UW System Executive Group for On-Line Learning (EGOLL) pilot collaborative online degree or certificate programs as proposed in “University of Wisconsin Online” [Appendix A.].

Ž   Apply appropriate identification, authentication and authorization (IAA) mechanisms to meet licensing and distributed learner requirements.


·  Provide complete online access to the cataloging records of all UW library collections as well as enhanced access to some specialized collections.


Ž   Continue the online conversion of the Madison and Milwaukee catalogs. 

Ž   Explore extending to all campuses catalog record enrichment through the Blackwell TOC (Table of Contents) service.



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 3:  Librarians will serve as information resource managers and teachers who assist their constituencies with using new learning systems and information technologies.



Ž   Expand reference services by using real-time software and investigate the collaborative opportunities for providing these services. 

Ž Working with appropriate UW System offices, assist faculty and students in understanding issues related to fair use and copyright in a digital environment and support efforts that would preserve fair use.

Ž Promote the campus adoption of “Information Literacy Competencies and Criteria for Academic Libraries in Wisconsin”  []; these competencies include understanding the use of online search techniques and tools and the ability to critically evaluate information resources.   

Ž  Cooperate and collaborate in the development of teaching tools such as online tutorials to encourage effective use of staff in UW libraries. 



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 4:  The UW libraries will collaboratively implement staff development programs that anticipate the changing information resource needs of students and faculty.



Ž    Examine means to collaborate on staff development initiatives to share expertise and reduce costs.

Ž    Encourage innovation and experimentation in developing new services to meet the changing information resource needs of students and faculty.

Ž    Encourage critical examination of current practices to most effectively use staff resources which may lead to opportunities to discontinue unnecessary processes or outsource operations.

Ž   With a focus on Plan 2008, explore ways to diversify staff  (e.g. by establishing cooperative programs or internships).

                        Ž   Participate in the development of new academic library leaders in the state.



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 5:  UW Libraries will serve as centers of knowledge and information for their campuses by providing the physical facilities and IT infrastructure to promote teaching and learning and will meet access requirements for all students, faculty and staff.


·  The UW libraries will function as centers for collaborative learning, group study, private research and specialized instruction as well as repositories for collections. 


Ž   Work with campus IT to ensure network capacity, hardware, and software to support information retrieval. 

Ž   Assure that the requirements of persons with disabilities are accommodated in terms of hardware, software, and web-based information resources and support national efforts to monitor and encourage accommodation by outside vendors.

Ž   Provide workstations and web pages which implement standards required for access by users with disabilities and will implement recommendations in the “Report of the Committee on Access to Technology for Individuals with Disabilities” [] and the accompanying letter of Bob Christiansen, Chair of UW System Advisory Committee on Accessibility to Technology [].



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 6:   The UW libraries will become more accessible to University of Wisconsin alumni, Wisconsin citizens, other educational institutions, businesses, and government services and will seek mutually beneficial collaboration with these entities to promote state educational and economic goals.



Ž   Look for joint projects, grants, and cost-saving opportunities, and occasions to share expertise. 

Ž   Work to develop expanded access to UW library resources for Wisconsin schools and citizens in ways that are appropriate for the mission of the University, supporting such System-wide initiatives as the Executive Group for On-Line Learning (EGOLL).  Where possible, partner with public and school libraries in providing  resources for state K-12 students, teachers and the general public.

Ž   Explore with alumni offices opportunities to expand library resources available to alumni.



STRATEGIC DIRECTION 7:  The UW Libraries will seek to develop new funding sources. 



Ž   Continue to work with UW System Administration for legislative support to establish inflation index funding for libraries to counter the erosion of purchasing power.

Ž   Working with student groups and university and System administrations,  assess the feasibility of a student fee to help fund library content. 

Ž   UW System will coordinate training and information on best practices related to library fundraising, grant writing, and entrepreneurial endeavors.


Approved by CUWL, October 1, 2001




                                                         Appendix A.


University of Wisconsin Online

Vision, Mission Statement, Principles and Action Plan

University of Wisconsin System Administration









                BOARD OF REGENTS




That, upon recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the Vision, Mission Statement, Principles and Action Plan for “The University of Wisconsin Online”.





























07/12/01 II.8.


July 12, 2001                                                                                                                                                               Agenda Item II.8



“The University of Wisconsin Online”







                On January 30th, President Katharine C. Lyall charged the Executive Group for Online Learning (EGOLL) “to define a strategic vision and direction the UW System should take in identifying collective online opportunities that require the efforts of more than a single campus to exploit and to identify steps necessary to achieve this vision.”  Further clarification of this charge was that it deals only with online offerings and not all distance education and collective efforts.


                The Executive Group for Online Learning (EGOLL) was chaired by William F. Messner, Chancellor of UW Colleges, and comprised of eight other Chancellors and two Regents, and staffed by representatives from UW System Administration and UW Learning Innovations.  EGOLL developed the enclosed Vision, Mission Statement, Principles, and Action Plan entitled “The University of Wisconsin Online.”




                The UW System Administration requests approval of Resolution II.8., approving the Vision, Mission Statement, Principles, and Action Plan for “The University of Wisconsin Online.”




                Related Regent policies include the Board of Regents Study of the UW System in the 21st Century, the Board of Regents Principles for Pricing Distance Education Credit Courses, Degree and Certificate Programs, and the Board of Regents Standards for Academic and Student Support Services in Distance Education Credit Courses, Degree and Certificate Programs and Guidelines for Distance Education Credit Program Array and Approval.

“The University of Wisconsin Online”



Vision:  The University of Wisconsin System will develop a coordinated and collaborative approach to online learning with the goals of extending its educational reach, enhancing program quality, enriching on-campus education, and preparing all students, faculty and staff for learning in the future.


Mission Statement:  In the 21st century, Wisconsin residents and students will increasingly expect the University to provide online opportunities as part of its core mission.  In order to meet these expectations, UW institutions will work collaboratively to leverage their faculty expertise and other elements of online leadership to provide broadened access to world class education in a seamless fashion.




·        The UW System’s approach to online learning will be consistent with the mission of the University of Wisconsin System, including our overall plans for academic program development, EM21, meeting the economic development needs of the State of Wisconsin, the international focus of the UW System and the State of Wisconsin, and the Board of Regents principles on program array and duplication.

·        The universities and colleges of the University of Wisconsin System will present their online learning offerings as a comprehensive, integrated and unified set of online course offerings to meet the needs of our students and other clientele.  These course offerings will include both collaborative online course offerings and degree programs, and those offered by single institutions.

·        In order to prepare students for learning in the future, all students shall understand and use the technology skills characteristic of online learning courses during their collegiate career.

·        The UW System will continue to develop quality standards, in line with the Board of Regents Policy on Standards for Academic and Student Support Services in Distance Education Credit Courses, Degree and Certificate Programs and Guidelines for Distance Education Credit Program Array and Approval (approved in June of 2000) and provide necessary systemwide support for an online learning infrastructure, typified by the following components:

-       Instructional Design and Courseware Development Support (both systemwide at the University of Wisconsin Learning Innovations and at campus Learning Technology Development Centers)

-       Support for Course Management Tools (Learning Utilities)

-       University of Wisconsin Learning Innovations Learner Relationship Management System

-       Systemwide Study of Potential Markets

-       Marketing of UW Programs

-       Online Library Access

-       Help Desk Support

Funding for this online learning infrastructure may be shared between campus and systemwide funds.  UW System institutions should utilize this online learning infrastructure for the development and ongoing support of online learning programs to the extent resources are available.


·        The University of Wisconsin System will need to rely on a partnership of State resources and student tuition to support online learning and the associated online learning infrastructure.  The pricing of online programs should be consistent with the UW Board of Regents Principles for Pricing Distance Education Credit Courses, Degree and Certificate Programs approved in June of 1999.


Action Plan:


·        A UW System Online Learning Policy Council will be established during academic year 2001-2002 to assist the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in reviewing all campus plans for new online programs.  The Senior Vice President, with the support of the Online Learning Policy Council, will look to:

-       Enhance curricular collaboration between UW institutions, when appropriate, to reach target audiences

-       Establish standards and review online programs to insure that appropriate instructional and learner support is available, including library resources, student services, etc.

-       Minimize program duplication and focus resources upon serving emerging student needs

-       Recommend new policies relating to online learning

·        In the next two years, the UW System institutions will develop at least three pilot collaborative online degree or certificate programs (e.g. a certificate program for teachers, a package of systemwide core courses, degree programs in high demand disciplines).  This development will enable the UW System to assess systemwide online instruction, support services, and financial arrangements, and assist in further developing principles.

·        In order to provide all UW students with exposure to online learning during their collegiate career, each UW System institution shall insure that faculty build these skills into every major offered at all UW institutions.


·        The UW System shall develop a University of Wisconsin Online Portal through which students can access all UW online programs and courses. 

·        For the 2003-05 Biennial Budget, the UW System will develop a request to support the development of a coordinated and collaborative approach to online learning.  Federal and private funds will also be sought to support this venture.



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