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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.

  • Establish a campus-wide Open Access Task Force in partnership with the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Research to establish an institutional strategy that maximizes global access to UA research outputs through open access.
  • Collaborate with UA departments to establish at least one “Z Degree” program in which courses within the major have zero textbook/course materials costs for students.

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.
  • Investigate our collections-related data to determine where there is greatest potential for telling impact stories.

Accomplishments thus far

We are making good progress toward this strategic direction. As of August 2020, we have:

  • Worked with the American Anthropological Association to transition their journal to open access.
  • Work with other scholarly societies and researchers to transition journals to open access models through leadership in the international Association of Research Libraries' Academy-Owned Open Access initiative.
  • Launched the Open Arizona website through the UA Press to publish open access monographs and associated essays, including 8 titles. These monographs are on the histories and cultures of the U.S.–Mexico border region and the initiative is with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Completed curriculum mapping to identify where information literacy is integrated and where there are gaps. 
  • Used smart building tools to gather WiFi usage data, organize it, and map it to library floor plans to inform improvement of services and spaces.
  • Formed an Open Access Task Force, appointing members and informing senior campus leadership of its charge and purpose in spring 2020. 
  • Partnered with Nutritional Sciences and Veterinary Medicine on finding zero-cost course materials.