124 · Representative Documents: Regional Accrediting Agency Reports
University of Colorado at Boulder
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5 of the North Central Association Higher
Learning Commission Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
locate needed information through the construction and implementation of search
critically evaluate retrieved information and information sources in all formats.
Current University Libraries information literacy initiatives include:
course-integrated research seminars for Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)
RIOT @ CU BOULDER (Research Instruction Online Tutorial) for PWR first-
drop-in research assistance center for students enrolled in WRTG courses
research instruction sessions to targeted courses throughout the campus
credit courses taught in the College of Music, the Department of Geological
Sciences, and the Department of Theatre & Dance
information literacy program integrated into Department of Communication
course-integrated library sessions for Leeds School of Business Profiles in
Business and Society Program
CRITERION FIVE: AS CALLED FOR BY ITS MISSION, THE
ORGANIZATION IDENTIFIES ITS CONSTITUENCIES AND SERVES THEM
IN WAYS BOTH VALUE.
Core Component 5a: The organization learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to
serve their needs and expectations.
• Since 2001, the University Libraries has determined, monitored, and adjusted central goals
through a strategic planning process that engages workers and constituencies through a
variety of information-gathering mechanisms.
• Since 2000, the University Libraries has participated in a national assessment program
(LibQual) and other assessment activities, including focus groups, surveys, and
environmental scanning to determine user satisfaction, preferences, changing information
behaviors, and interests.
• In support of the campus 2030 Core Initiative 3 to enhance graduate education and increase
graduate enrollment, the Libraries focused its 2008 assessment efforts on an in-depth analysis
of graduate responses to LibQual surveys. As a result, the Libraries has been and will
continue to implement a series of actions, notably the new graduate study lounge included in
the current Norlin renovation.
• The Libraries as an entity and through activities of various individuals is an active participant
in campus governance and committee activities, and the Boulder Faculty Assembly sponsors
a Libraries Committee. This participation informs library policies and procedures and
provides two-way communication between the Libraries and its on-campus constituencies.
• Most Libraries outreach programming is based on collaborative efforts with campus and
community groups and is offered to address identified campus and community interests.
• The Libraries is diverse by its very nature; and emphasizes and enhances that diversity
through its staffing, services, collection, events, and exhibits.