EMPOWERING COMMUNITY THROUGH COLLABORATION

ConnectNY Shared Values


  • Collaboration

  • Trust

  • Courage

  • Empowerment of Members and Stakeholders

  • Pragmatism

  • Respect, Collegiality, and Participatory Leadership

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

With Strategic Priorities As Identified August 2015, June 2016


Strategic Statement 1

ConnectNY is made up of diverse independent institutions operating as ONE to maximize human resources.
Goal 1-1: Facilitate expertise sharing across CNY institutions. (Marta Brunner, Goal Sponsor)

  • Objective:
    • Produce a white paper on staff sharing models.
      • Timeline: September 2016 – September 2017

Goal 1-2: Create opportunities for staff at all levels and various functions to come together to share ideas and generate recommendations for initiatives. (Joanne Schneider, Goal Sponsor)

  • Objective:
    • Develop, schedule, and hold in-person meetings/conferences, and/or plan meetings in coordination with other conferences (e.g., ACRL, ALA) members may attend.
      • Timeline: September 2015 – June 2017
      • Report 2016 – download
    • Develop, schedule, and hold virtual meetings for communication across institutions, especially for functional groups.
      • Timeline: September 2015 – June 2017
    • Explore the opportunity to sponsor a conference with appeal outside of CNY.
      • Timeline: September 2017 or later

Strategic Statement 2

ConnectNY develops new models of e-resource licensing.
Goal 2-1: Provide new or alternative models of e-resource licensing aligned with realistic needs and available financial resources. (Russ Abell, Goal Sponsor)

  • Objective:
    • Prepare a white paper with recommendations for consortial e-resource licensing practices for CNY.
      • Timeline: September 2016 – September 2017

Strategic Statement 3

ConnectNY enhances and expands access to all types of collections: print, digital, and special.
Goal 3-1: Develop a thorough understanding of the breadth, depth, and scope of the collections across CNY and employ strategies to increase access to these collections. (Jeff Katz, Goal Sponsor)

  • Objectives:
    • Explore the possibility of floating collections across the consortium based on use.
      • Timeline: September 2017 – September 2018
    • Produce a white paper for consortial collection development and awareness practices for print and ebook formats.
      • Timeline: September 2015 – August 2016
      • White Paper – download
    • Produce a white paper identifying strategies for sharing and marketing special collections and archives across CNY via physical loan, digitization, and digital repository.
      • Timeline: September 2015 – August 2016
      • White Paper – download
    • The Committee for Digitization/Sharing Projects and Digital Rights Management will identify opportunities for grant funding for digitization and finding aid development, and investigate venues such as EADC and DPLA to share digital materials.
      • Timeline: Ongoing

Strategic Statement 4

ConnectNY focuses on the user experience.
Goal 4-1: Evaluate the technology infrastructure of CNY to determine whether it is meeting the mission in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. (Brian Lym, Goal Sponsor)

  • Objective:
    • Prepare a white paper comparing our current technology infrastructure and other available technologies with the needs of the organization.
      • Timeline: September 2015 – May 2016
      • White Paper – download
    • Prepare an RFP to solicit bids from consultants to assist in developing options for the technological infrastructure for CNY.
      • Timeline: July 2017 – December 2017

Strategic Statement 5

ConnectNY is entrepreneurial in maximizing funding and resources.
Goal 5-1: Increase the consortial database by one-third.

  • Objective:
    • Incorporate other consortia and/or other libraries.
      • Timeline: TBD

Goal 5-2: Enact variable funding structures within the membership.

  • Objectives:
    • Investigate funding structures of similar consortia.
      • Timeline: January 2017 – June 2017
    • Draft a comprehensive variable fee and funding structure that incorporates budget modeling.
      • Timeline: June 2017 – December 2017

Goal 5-3: Develop a model for the sale of consortial services, technology, and/or staffing services to non-consortial partners.

  • Objectives:
    • Investigate how other 501(c)3 organizations do this.
      • Timeline: TBD
    • Draft a business plan.
      • Timeline: TBD

Drawings created during the Strategic Planning Day.


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Report Goal 1-2:

  • (Report 2016) – download
    • Develop, schedule, and hold in-person meetings/conferences, and/or plan meetings in coordination with other conferences (e.g., ACRL, ALA) members may attend.

Collection Development:

  • (White Paper) – download
    • Produce a white paper for consortial collection development and awareness practices for print and ebook formats.

Special Collections:

  • (White Paper) – download
    • Produce a white paper identifying strategies for sharing and marketing special collections and archives across CNY via physical loan, digitization, and digital repository.

Working Group 4-1:

  • (White Paper) – download
    • Prepare a white paper comparing our current technology infrastructure and other available technologies with the needs of the organization.