The University of Arkansas Libraries Organizational Development Committee (ODC) purpose is to provide resources and venues that lead the Libraries into a positive, comprehensive, and high-performing work environment. ODC's activities promote awareness of challenges within our current organizational culture that might impede the mission of the University of Arkansas at large and the UA Libraries specifically which is "to provide access to information that will support and foster creativity, study, teaching, and research" for all.
The Libraries workforce agreed on a Libraries Values Statement in December 2020. The purpose of the committee is to provide leadership and resources that enable our commitment to our responsibility for creating, supporting, and maintaining an inclusive workplace that belongs to all of us. We can strengthen our culture and organization by approaching each other and our work with intentional goodwill, honesty, empathy, and trust as we encourage others to hold themselves and each other accountable to do the same.
The libraries' Organizational Development committee supports, promotes, and advocates the 150 Forward Strategic Plan which includes three pillars:
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The Libraries' Shared Values illustrate our collective commitment to work together and provide our best efforts to the communities we serve and each other. The shared values support and honor the University of Arkansas Libraries Values Statement.
The UA Libraries' ODC is strongly supported by the Libraries' administration. Membership is open to all non-administrative library faculty, staff, and students. Members may volunteer, and recommendations by all library personnel are accepted on an ongoing basis. Faculty and staff serve a two or three-year term; students serve a one or two-semester term depending on availability. All students ranks are welcome to collaborate. Membership is approved by the Director of Organizational Development who also serves as the ODC chair.
Recently, the committee has added ODC liaisons. Liaisons serve as needed based on current and local ODC needs. The three liaisons participate in the areas of accessibility, Arkansas Indigenous peoples, and student engagement.
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Administrative Liaison: Jason Battles, Dean of UA Libraries
Accessibility – Virginia Siegel, Arkansas Folk Arts Coordinator; November 2021 to present; and Kim Larsen, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, November 2022 to present
Indigenous Peoples of Arkansas – Katharine Chandler, Special Collections and Serials Cataloger, September 2022 to present
Student Commitment – Kim Larsen, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, September 2022 to present