Co-authoring colleagues: how librarians can successfully reach out to faculty to collaborate on research
Michelle Goodridge shares strategies to help librarians approach faculty members for research collaborations.
By Liz Hayden
The University of Ottawa Library has embarked on a comprehensive organizational renewal to ensure that its structure is well-positioned for the future, shifting from a model centered on physical locations to one that is function-based. The Organizational Renewal (OR) project has been underway since 2016 and we began transitioning to the new organizational model in January 2018.
The OR project plan identified two critical success criteria related to staff engagement:
To this end, we planned the project as a series of building blocks.
Library staff members have been very engaged in the OR project. Over 50% of staff participated in the formal events organized by the ORT, such as focus groups, ORT Campus Tour meetings, 1-on-1 meetings, and a Design Your Own Org Chart session. During the staff consultation phase, over 70% attended at least one consultation event and the working groups represented over 20% of staff members. Throughout the project, feedback has also been received by email, via the website, and through scheduled team meetings and individual drop-ins. Finally, we have a 70+% participation rate in the change management sessions we have organized to date.
The OR project is still underway; to date, 30% of positions have been transitioned to the new model. We recognize that we need to support each individual member of the Library team through this change and that staff engagement and communication are and will continue to be critically important to the success of the Library’s Organizational Renewal project.
Liz Hayden is the Associate University Librarian of Strategy and Planning at the University of Ottawa Library. She is the project manager for the Library’s organizational renewal project and can be reached at liz.hayden [at] uottawa.ca.
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