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Assessing the Strategic Credibility of Special Collections
AAAS - Pacific Division - Library Symposium (2012)
  • Erin Passehl, Western Oregon University
  • Rick A Stoddart, Oregon State University
In this time of often precarious funding at many colleges and universities, any case that can be made to illustrate how a department strategically fits into the overall university mission is not only worth merit, but an essential survival technique. This “strategic credibility” within the university is a vital form of currency in determining institution-wide resources prioritization, collaboration opportunities between organizational units, and overall direction of departments. This paper presents a case study of academic special collections in the Northwest and examines the methods these departments use to demonstrate value to the university. This paper considers how well do special collections align their efforts toward a university’s strategic goals or mission, as well as what efforts they undertake to maintain credibility within the larger institutional context. Outcomes of this paper include a potential methodology for all library departments to assess their “strategic credibility” and suggestions on how to communicate this value to the library and within the university as a whole.
  • assessment,
  • mission statements,
  • special collections,
  • archives,
  • library science
Publication Date
June, 2012
Citation Information
Erin Passehl and Rick A Stoddart. "Assessing the Strategic Credibility of Special Collections" AAAS - Pacific Division - Library Symposium (2012)
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