We will be the catalyst

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We strive to be a catalyst in the UA community for inventing creative approaches to knowledge creation and dissemination. We are committed to:

Making information open

Advancing open access models that can disrupt commercial domination of the scholarly communication system to increase the impact of scholarship.

  • Work with scholarly societies and researchers to transition journals to open access models managed by academic libraries and scholarly societies through leadership in the international Association of Research Libraries' Academy-Owned Open Access initiative.
  • Launch the Open Arizona initiative through the UA Press to publish open access monographs on the histories and cultures of the U.S.–Mexico border region with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Leveraging smart technologies and making breakthroughs with data

Responsibly gathering and utilizing data about student learning and faculty research in collaboration with partners to anticipate and adapt to evolving needs.

  • Participate in the Greater Western Library Alliance Instruction Program Study, involving more than 15 universities and 40,000 students, to investigate the correlation between library instruction and first-year student academic success.
  • Explore and implement emerging technologies such as smart building tools to inform improvement of services and spaces.

Accomplishments thus far

We are making good progress toward this strategic direction. As of Spring 2019, we have:

  • Worked with the American Anthropological Association to transition their journal to open access.
  • Launched the Open Arizona website, including 8 titles. Associated essays are in progress.
  • Completed curriculum mapping to identify where information literacy is integrated and where there are gaps. 
  • Gathered WiFi usage data, organized it, and began mapping it to library floor plans.