University Libraries will pilot a new fund that focuses on the acquisition of resources that support university-level priorities. The Strategic Collections Fund supports the planned and cooperative selection of strategic resources for the library collection. It has been created using existing library collection funds and is generally reserved for costlier acquisitions.

When submitting resources for consideration the requesting unit will need to show that the utility aligns with one of the five university priorities:

  1. Students First
  2. A Distinctive Kent State
  3. Global Competitiveness
  4. Regional Impact
  5. Organizational Stewardship 

The requesting unit must also provide an assessment plan to help determine the impact of the strategic collections investment. Subject and Collections Librarians will be available to consult on assessment plans. Purchased resources typically will be for a one-year commitment, pending assessment review and availability of funds. 

Requests for new acquisition may be made through the library web site here.  After having received the request the library will research cost and licensing.  Once that information is obtained library administration, subject librarians and the requesting unit will work together to decide on the purchase. Shared funding models may be explored for major purchases.

One example of a resource that qualifies for Strategic Funds is Lynda.com as it supports distance education and aligns with the Students First university priority.  Data has shown a significant upward trend in usage. Additionally, the annual cost is shared between the library and two other units.

The Strategic Collections Fund is a pilot. We will evaluate the program at the end of the year and determine whether it will move forward.

Please contact your Subject Librarian or the Collection Management Librarian, Kay  Downey, mdowney1@kent.edu if you have any questions about the program.