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

Building a collection on small businesses in Connecticut

This project will gather, preserve and make accessible marketing and other original resources from active small businesses in Connecticut. The collection will include documents that illustrate the establishment and growth of small businesses based in Connecticut, to serve as examples of how modern small businesses in Connecticut originated and evolved, and to inform and educate future entrepreneurs and scholars on the successes, and even failures, of these endeavors. While the primary goal is to serve as a resource principally for students and faculty in UConn’s School of Business, the documents will be available in the Connecticut Digital Archive as a resource for anyone interested in Connecticut’s economic, manufacturing and cultural interests, and as a resource to draw small businesses to the state and to support their economic growth. 

Strategic Direction: Engage 

Leads:  Edward Junhao Lim, Laura Smith

Team Open to New Members: Yes 

Timeframe: 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 M. Cowan 

Team Open to New Members: Yes  

Timeframe: 2021 

Creating a Communications Culture

Great communication is a piece of the organizational foundation required for the Library to succeed. It benefits the organization by increasing productivity and efficiency, builds stronger teams and collaborations, and fosters innovation and creativity. Healthy communications are also good for us as individuals, not just in engaging us, but giving us a voice. Ensuring we have a positive culture of communications is critical to creating equity and belonging for everyone.

Strategic Direction: Empower 

Lead: Jean Nelson

Members: Samuel Boss, Janice Christopher, Gregory Colati, Susanna M. Cowan, Kim Giard, Kristen Jones, Edward Lim, Khara Leon, Erika McNeil, Rebecca ParmerLauren Slingluff

Team Open to New Members: Yes  

Timeframe: 2021 – 2022

Evolving patterns of undergraduate research and course assignments at UConn and their impact on library use

This study seeks to clarify the ways that undergraduate research assignments in non-W classes have evolved with the reduction or elimination of Graduate teaching assistants in recent years. The goal is to  assess the impact of these changes on library use. The study will collect data on types and number of research paper and other research assignments requiring library use in non-W classes at UConn over a twenty year period. It will also track the reduction and elimination of Graduate Research assistantships over the same period, since, according to anecdotal evidence, this has resulted in a diminution of paper assignments due to the disappearance of the grading work force. It will consult the syllabi of departments that post them, the ref chat statistics from 2010 which are keyword searchable and may reveal which questions are related to research assignments, the RIO statistics, and will tabulate the numbers of W courses over the same period. Interviews with faculty will be conducted to augment the data with qualitative research. Along with a review of the related scholarly literature in the fields of Higher Education and Library and Information Science.

Strategic Direction: Connect

Project Lead: Michael Young

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 M. 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

Looking Back to Look Ahead: Taking the Pulse Survey and Staff Conversations Around The Impact of the Pandemic on Library Service

This project aims to collate qualitative data on our library staff’s experience of the pandemic, specifically as it affected the functions/services we support for both internal and external stakeholders.  We have already been creating comparative quantitative pictures of “before” and “during” the pandemic, but this project’s aim is to add staff reflection to those data pictures.  The bulk of this work will be accomplished through a range of Conversations to be held (in person!) this fall at all UConn campuses, including the Health Services Library.  Through these conversations, we hope to explore how the pandemic affected our services, what changes have or will become permanent, and how we envision this experience impacting library services in the less immediate future. 

Strategic Direction: Connect

Project Lead: Susanna M. Cowan

Members: Shelley Goldstein, Roslyn Grandy, Michelle Greene, Carolyn Mills

Team open to new members: No

Timeframe: 2021-2022

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

Video Services Pilot

This workgroup will leverage skills and resources across the Library to produce videos that can be used to reach our community. Through hands-on work in the production of three videos, this workgroup expects to have two deliverables - the development of a workflow and a recommendation for the resources the Library will need to increase efficiency in video production. If the project is a success, the workgroup will announce the service and preferred workflows to Library staff.

Strategic Direction:  Empower

Lead: Jean Nelson

Members: Steve Bustamante, Emily Leibin Ko, Jason Nicosia, Terry Palacios-Baughman

Team open to new members: No 

Timeframe:  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