Strategic Initiatives, 2016-2017

# Initiative Description
1 Canada 150 Partner with the Wilson Institute of Canadian History, the Office of the President and other campus groups to showcase McMaster's contributions to the nation's cultural and historical record. Events will include speaker series, online videos featuring archival and museum collections, student art competition, etc.
2 Classroom Design Be an active partner in the design and implementation of new classrooms in the planned Living & Learning building. Incorporate 'active learning' principles where appropriate and where funding is available.
3 Digital Preservation Implement Archivematica (open-source software for the management and preservation of born-digital archives). Funding received from the Provost's Strategic Alignment Fund (SAF) will be used to hire a one-year contract position as project manager to guide the implementation. SAF funds will also support any needed software development to connect Archivematica to existing infrastructure and to provide on-site training for staff in Archives and Research Collections.
4 Digital Storytelling Partner with Hamilton Public Library and the City of Hamilton to support the technical infrastructure, content and community outreach necessary to support telling the city’s great stories. Work with McMaster faculty to support assessment of the project. In 2016/17 the project will focus on developing the framework for ongoing stewardship, adding new content and identifying new initiatives.
5 Digitization Support broad access to McMaster's unique collections through the establishment of a robust and sustainable digitization program. During 2016/17 the project will focus on developing the staffing model for the program and identifying appropriate space.
6 Downsview Shared Preservation Facility Work with four other universities (Toronto, Western, Queens and Ottawa) to build a shared preservation facility for low-use materials at the UTL Downsview location. The Downsview project will allow the participants to ensure that low-demand print materials remain readily available to their users for research and study and to build a larger shared collection while releasing space in campus buildings for new uses.  The priorities for 2016/17 will be testing the service models with a small number of items and developing a communication plan for users and staff.
7 Hamilton Public Library Job Secondment Create enriching opportunities for library staff to develop new skills and further their professional development by launching the McMaster / Hamlton Public Library job secondment opportunity.
8 Integrated Library System Explore both local and consortial approaches for replacing our library services platform (library catalogue) with a new, more robust system. Participate in the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) exploration of Collaborative Futures - the concept of a province-wide shared platform for the management of electronic and print resources.  A decision about involvement in Phase 3 of the Collaborative Futures project will be made in early 2017.
9 Library Master Space Plan Identify and pursue funding opportunities for major gifts. Explore grant opportunities.
10 Maker Space In conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering and other interested groups, develop and launch a rich set of services and programs supporting student entrepreneurship and innovation as part of the new MakerSpace in thode Library (officially opening in early 2017).
11 Public Face on Research @ McMaster Collaborate with McMaster's Research & High Performance Computing Support unit to implement VIVO, an open-source platform that makes McMaster researchers and their work more prominent on the web. A one-year contract has been funded through the Provost's Strategic Alignment Fund.
12 Research Data Assume a lead role in developing research data management infrastructure and promoting a culture of data stewardship at McMaster. Collaborate with campus groups (e.g. MacData, ROADS, RHPCS, etc.) and national programs (such as the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage project) to ensure that appropriate resources and training are available for researchers, administrators and support staff.
13 Russell Collection Explore plans to relocate the Bertrand Russell archive and the Bertrand Russell Research Centre to a new, more prominent campus location. In doing so, promote greater awareness and use of our best known archival collection by scholars here on campus and around the world. Plan for use of space vacated as a result of the move.
14 School of Interdisciplinary Science Work with the Faculty of Science to explore sustainable models for supporting deep information literacy/research skills in the curriculum of the new School of Interdisciplinary Science.
15 Surfacing Databases Improve our users' experience acessing and using scholarly databases by identifying core databases and optimizing acces to them. Simplify the selection of best choice databases for undergraduate students, while making it easy for advanced researchers to delve deeper.
16 Website Redesign Analyze, improve and enhance the Library's website and other public web interfaces based on extensive user feedback, traffic analysis, and usability testing.  Deliver a library web presence, in collaboration with Media Production Services, that supports the Library's vision, mission and strategic directions.