In 1990 the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, instituted a policy that requires each program within the state's three regents institutions to undergo a program review at least once every seven years. The purpose of such reviews is to provide a mechanism to ensure the improvement of the universities' academic programs. Each review entails three steps: the preparation of a self-study report, an external peer review, and the development of a plan of action.
The first University Library review took place during the spring semester of 1996. The second and most recent program review was completed in spring 2004.
Findings and recommendations from the 1996 review, along with the Library's response, are summarized in the March 15, 1997 letter from then Library Dean Nancy L. Eaton to then Provost John J. Kozak. Recommendations from this review resulted in the following actions taken by library administration in the ensuing years:
The 2004 program review focused exclusively on the e-Library, the comprehensive, web-based electronic library unveiled to the university community in spring 2001. All library staff were invited to participate actively in the self-study component of this review, as described in the February 6, 2004 letter from Library Dean Olivia Madison to library staff (see below). Core portions of the resulting self-study report may be viewed below as a PDF file; a complete bound copy (with appendices) is available in the Library Dean's office. The external peer review was conducted April 11-13, 2004. Review team members' resumés are provided below along with a schedule of events during the team's site visit. Also provided is the Library's response to the external review team's report.
February 6, 2004 letter from Dean Olivia Madison to library staff
Five-year Program Review of the e-Library (self study report)
Resumés of external review team members:
Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University Librarian, University of California at San Diego
Ann J. Wolpert, Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lawrence A. Woods, Director of Information Technology, University of Iowa Libraries
Schedule for external review team visit, April 11-13, 2004
Review team's final report:
Cover letter to provost
Library response to external review team's report
Recommendations from this review are currently being considered by the Library's Administrative Cabinet, and will inform both strategic and operational planning in the upcoming years.
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