By Joan Starr, Manager, Strategic and Project Planning
UC’s May 09 Annual Accountability Report is now available online at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/accountability/. The website provides a spotlight on accountability issues from President Yudof, an introduction to the report, and a discussion of key themes and trends. From the website you can print out the entire report, access individual indicators or chapters, get background information and technical details about each indicator, and access the underlying data. You can also print out and read individual campus portraits and campus accountability profiles
The Libraries chapter, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/accountability/index/chapter/10, contains five indicators that measure UC library “size, impact and vitality.” Three of the five indicators provide the same comparison institutions that are used in the rest of the Accountability Report. The indicators are:
- Association of Research Libraries Rankings of Campus Libraries – UC and Comparison Institutions, 2005 to 2007
- Library Holdings in Volumes by Campus – UC and Comparison Institutions, 2007
- Use of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) within the UC System, 2000-01 to 2007-08
- Electronic Journal Usage within the UC System, 2005-06 to 2007-08
- Students Participating in Library Classes, Tours and Presentations – UC and Comparison Institutions, 2004-05 to 2006-07
For the 2009 report, CDL staff prepared the report with University Librarian overview in a severely constrained timeframe, necessitating a selection of indicators based on existing data. The result is a strong, but somewhat limited picture of the full work of the libraries.
Supplementary Report and Next Steps
Because the Libraries chapter could provide only this limited view, the University Librarians have exercised the option to submit a Supplementary Report that will allow fuller control over length and timing. The team assembled for this effort can address the question of what story we want to tell the public about the libraries and present the data accordingly.
The team members are: Ruth Jackson, University Librarian, UC Riverside; Susan Parker, Deputy University Librarian, UC Los Angeles; Dolores Davies, Director of Communications, UC San Diego; and Joanne Miller, Library Planning Analyst, California Digital Library.
For more information, please contact Joanne Miller (email@example.com).