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The first strategic priority on the UCLA Library Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 is to Build and Enhance Research Collections. To this end, the UCLA Library works to accomplish these three objectives:
1. Transform the Collection
- Work proactively across the UC Libraries’ system and through creative partnerships with reliable peer institutions and organizations nationally and internationally to build, maintain, preserve, and make widely accessible a comprehensive print and digital collection reflecting the scholarly record.
- Capitalize on UC’s high-density storage facilities to create an archive strategically located within the system that makes material available to users quickly, while freeing up space in campus libraries for high-usage materials or other purposes.
- Participate in and initiate both large-scale and focused projects to make public domain materials in UC and other major research libraries available digitally and for print on demand
- Ensure continued development and promotion of global/international collections.
2. Make Specialized Collections Widely Accessible
- Develop collections of non-traditional types of research resources such as print and electronic ephemera and video content; make information about them as well as the materials themselves as broadly available as possible.
- Catalog, organize, and make accessible special collections in order to broaden knowledge about and use of these rare, unique, and all-too-often hidden materials.
- Seek grants and gifts to support and expand these activities.
- Work with institutional partners across the UC system as well as locally, nationally, and internationally on collection development and accessibility initiatives.
- Identify and prioritize the opportunities and challenges of collecting born-digital materials.
3. Support and Advocate Changes in Scholarly Publishing
- Develop, implement, and expand services and tools that support the publishing and research needs of UCLA faculty, researchers, and graduate students and that educate them about their intellectual property rights, while making the published scholarly record as broadly accessible as possible.
- Continue to agitate with publishers for changes in the pricing of and access to published research, including negotiating the most favorable licensing terms and perpetual access rights; inform and activate faculty editors and reviewers on pricing and access issues when necessary.
- Participate in broad-based preservation initiatives to ensure that licensed digital content remains permanently accessible.
- Facilitate the deposit of digital content into open-access institutional repositories including UC’s eScholarship.
- Influence legislation, regulations, and case law by developing and implementing a multi-pronged government relations strategy together with the UCLA and UC government relations offices that leverages factual, expert opinions about intellectual property issues from individual faculty and staff, UC campuses, the UC system, and national and organizations that we’re members of.