The Library Is Sufficient, It Is Good Enough

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Though the Library has recently received a high rating on the perception of quality of service from clients (see Climate Survey 2015 responses and data), it can be argued that this self-reporting expresses sufficiency – that the library is sufficient, that it is “good enough”. A central goal in Phase I is to create new language that can be used to move beyond sufficiency, and to create a new vibrant strategic framework for the Library and realign its position in SMU’s overall knowledge strategy for teaching and learning. The Library has existed for approximately 31 years as an entity in itself (Library as space and place), and the focus needs to shift to the relationship of the library to the rest of the SMU community. Individual…show more content…
A note about the vision statement. The goal for writing a new vision statement is to articulate language that permeates the organizational space, rather than have a vision statement reflect a linear path to a destination. The vision statement is presented as a draft statement, along with Futura. Introducing Knowledge Services This document you are reading is named “Futura”. Futura is the strategic framework for the Samuel Merritt University Library. The word Library is only used as a stand-alone noun to describe the existing name of the department. The physical library space and the library as a departmental identity within SMU will no longer be called “Library”. On Futura’s title page, the word “library” is also used as a modifier in the phrase “library as lifestyle”. This phrase concept is created in order to build a rhetorical infrastructure for the SMU Library to transform to a new entity called “Knowledge Center”. To anchor “Knowledge Center” to services, Futura establishes a new identity phrase called “knowledge services”, which is a fusion of three components - resource management, knowledge management, and strategic learning. Thus, Futura is the expression of the knowledge strategy to transform the Library into a Knowledge Center- a department that designs, plans, and delivers knowledge services to students, faculty, staff, and the
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