The Planning Process: Role of the Moffitt Think Tanks

Planning for the Moffitt renovation-a project with aims far beyond a mere building makeover-provides us with an opportunity to re-examine the role of Moffitt in the larger Library ecosystem, and to consider how best to position Moffitt to serve our users in the years ahead. Because a project of this scope requires the best thinking of staff across a wide range of specializations-and beyond the Doe/Moffitt complex-project leaders created the "Think Tank" structure as a vehicle for those with relevant interests and expertise to contribute to the project's direction. In several of the Think Tank working groups, library staff members were joined by campus staff, who brought perspectives and insight from their related domains.

Between February 1 - December 15, 2008, three Think Tanks, comprised of a total of ten working groups, completed their work. Each working group was given the charge to examine a particular library service, program, or policy area in light of technological advancements, changes in teaching and learning practices, or other identifiable trends. The working groups were given a short time frame of approximately 5 weeks to complete their investigations, formulate preliminary recommendations for the future that take into account the Vision and Guiding Principles, and suggest remaining questions in need of consideration.

To date, 39 people have contributed to Moffitt Think Tanks-librarians and library staff in equal numbers. Participants have come from a diverse range of service units-Circulation, Systems, and Graphics to name a few; from all levels of the organization, including the Administration and middle management; and from eight libraries, including not only Doe/Moffitt, but also Environmental Design, Business, and Biosciences. Outside the Library, contributions have come from campus Educational Technology Services (ETS), whose Director and Senior Instructional Designer have both participated, and from Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), which lent the expertise of its Student Computing Labs manager.

Think Tank 1, February 1 - March 17, 2008

Working Groups:

Think Tank 2, April 23 - June 17, 2008

Working Groups:

Think Tank 3, November 3 - December 15, 2008

Working Groups:

Additional Key Topics

  • Technical Services Planning Retreat on March 31, 2009 | Minutes?
  • Self-Check and RFID Feasibility Study, February 16, 2010 | Report?

What We're Reading

A significant amount of background research informed the reports of our working groups, with each group charged to investigate the published literature (where relevant) in its assigned area. Here, a selection of readings we've consulted.

Model Institutions

Working groups also helped to identify some of the libraries and institutions with model features, as listed on our Design Models and Trends site.


Think Tank Contributors

Except where otherwise noted, contributors are all staff members in the University Library or Affiliated Libraries. Asterisks (*) denote working group leaders.

Imani Abalos*
Gisele Binder
Michaelyn Burnette
Alina Christian
Myrtis Cochran
Tim Dennis
Jennifer Dorner*
Brenda Farmer (ETS)
Kathleen Gallagher*
Glenn Gillespie
Sheehan Grant
Lynne Grigsby-Standfill
Aisha Hamilton
Mara Hancock (ETS)
Gary Handman
Bernie Hurley
Terry Huwe
Phoebe Janes
Lynn Jones
Aija Kanbergs
John Kupersmith
Trina Lopez
Mark Marrow*
Pat Maughan
Jean McKenzie
Steve Mendoza
Claude Potts
Brian Quigley
Mike Rancer
Charlotte Rubens*
Robert Schlick (ETS)
Sian Shumway (IS&T)
Debby Sommer
Terry Strathman (L&S)
Brice Sullivan
Milt Ternberg
Heather Thams
Allan Urbanic*