Current Projects

This page lists projects approved by the Strategic Framework Implementation Team.

Some approved project teams may be open to new members. Please contact the Project Lead for additional information and to ask about potential project membership. 

Please also see the Slack channel #framework-brainstorming for additional discussion, this channel is open to Library staff.

3D Data Acquisition, Visualization, and Archiving of Selected Lithics from the Caldwell Collection 

This interdisciplinary, cross-campus working group is made up of faculty from the Anthropology Department, and staff from the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Office of the State Archaeologist, and the UConn Library. Its goal is to run 10 - 20 stone artifacts from the State Museum's Caldwell Collection through a newly developed, highly refined 3D digitization workflow that will produce 3D assets for eventual online classroom use by members of the Anthropology Dept. and archaeology educators and scholars at large. 

Strategic Direction: Engage 

Lead: Michael J. Bennett 

Members: Rhonda Kauffman, Michael Kemezis, Dr. Christian Tryon, Dr. Sarah P. Sportman, Dr. Jacqueline Veninger-Robert, Dr. Erin Kuprewicz 

Team Open to New Members: No 

Timeframe: 2020-2021

Coffee Connections 

This project is a small step in facilitating coworkers' connections, allowing our Library community to engage in one-to-one, short, and meaningful interactions. It aims to strengthen ties (and establish new ones) between Library colleagues. To promote better communication between individuals, participants can use a set of teambuilding questions to help colleagues discover new things about one another that can deepen trust based on emotional bond and interpersonal relatedness. We can expect increased employee engagement and channels of communication, with half of our Library staff participate in this project. 

Strategic Direction: Empower 

Lead: Edward Junhao Lim 

Members: Susanna Cowan 

Team Open to New Members: Yes  

Timeframe: 2021 

Grant Writing and Funding Working Group

This working group will investigate three topics related to library grant writing and funding: Grant writing, UConn grant support, and locating funding opportunities. Information about all three topics will be shared with the library staff to aid in professional development and enhancement of library services, empowering staff to pursue new projects.  

Strategic Direction: Empower

Lead: Jennifer Chaput 

Members: Susanna CowanMike KemezisCarolyn Mills 

Team open to new members: Yes

Timeframe: 2020-2021

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in UConn Library Collections 

This project seeks to form a working group to develop guiding principles for fostering inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in UConn Library collections. The working group will develop a set of guiding principles for fostering inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the Library’s collections, gathering information and feedback through research, conversation with Library staff, and consultation with campus partners. These principles will help inform future collecting activities, collection development policy revisions, and engagement with Library collections stakeholders, including faculty, students, researchers, and donors.

Strategic Direction: Connect

Project Leads: Rhonda Kauffman, Rebecca Parmer, Michael Rodriguez

Team open to new members: Yes

Timeframe: 2020-2021

Scholarly Communications Environmental Scan

This project is aimed at undertaking an environmental scan of Scholarly Communication work accomplished mainly within the last 3-5 years. By interviewing members of the Scholarly Communication Coordinating Group, I plan to compile the goals and accomplishments of the SCCG, trace work done in OA and OER, and outline future projects. This project will result in an informal White Paper that will also include possible milestones for the future of work in Scholarly Communication at UConn, as well as a virtual presentation on the findings. After the initial focus on Scholarly Communication work at UConn, this project may expand to include an environmental scan of peer and aspirant institutions.

Strategic Direction: Connect

Project Lead: Garrett McComas

Team open to new members: No

Timeframe: 2020-2021

Wellness Library Collection

The Wellness Library team will develop an ebook collection with titles on self-care topics, such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and health awareness.

Strategic Direction: Connect

Project Leads: Renee Walsh, Clara Nguyen, Hilary Kraus

Team open to new members: Yes

Timeframe: 2020-2021