Mission, Vision, and Values
In 2021-2022, we finished a participatory process to revise the Libraries’ mission, vision, and values statements. The process included a listening tour with campus stakeholders, an environmental scan, our campus self-study, and programmatic review. The Libraries’ new vision includes four strategic directions that align with Reach Higher 2025 and describe our high-level priority areas for the future.
University Libraries equip knowledge seekers to use information to shape their professions, enhance their communities, and create a more equitable society.
Vision Statement and Strategic Directions
Anchored in the University’s educational mission and commitment to transformative equity, the University Libraries advance a bold vision of equitable access, empowered learning, and human-centered spaces. We will:
- Partner to integrate expertise: We use our unique knowledge, skills, and expertise as information professionals to facilitate empowered learning throughout the student journey. We collaborate to advance the scholarly efforts of faculty. We advance learning at strategic points in courses and beyond, working within existing structures, partnerships, and services while continuing to innovate.
- Advance access: We deliberately invest our labor, expertise, and capital in knowledge infrastructures, open access initiatives, and open educational resources. Recognized as a leader on campus, we ensure our investments in infrastructures and resources serve everyone.
- Dismantle barriers: We critically engage with our systems, spaces, and services to advance equity and cultivate a sense of belonging within all library spaces. We will become an actively anti-racist, human-centered, accessible organization for our users.
- Invest in People: We believe the foundation of the library is its people. We will continue to grow as an equity-minded and human-centered workplace. We use participatory practices throughout the organization to create an environment for our student colleagues, faculty, and staff to excel.
At University Libraries, we recognize the work of living our values is ongoing.
- Learner-centered: Learning and learner needs are at the center of our services, spaces, and all that we do. We proactively ask: “How does this impact our users?” We create and maintain conditions which enable entrepreneurial culture, curiosity, inquiry, and continuous learning.
- Equity: We actively work to reduce barriers to library services and information by critically examining systems, structures, and processes. We invite many voices and perspectives to ensure diverse representation in library decisions and collections.
- Collaboration: Recognizing the strengths of individuals and the importance of many perspectives, we strategically collaborate with departments, campus groups, and the greater profession to develop thoughtful solutions and reduce barriers to student learning.
- Care: We approach each other with respect, empathy, and curiosity, and we recognize the necessity of hard conversations. We prioritize what we do and how we do it while we take care of ourselves and each other.
- Integrity: We work to promote transparency in our processes and decisions. We uphold the principles of academic freedom, the exchange of ideas, and the ethical uses of information and data. We are leaders in advancing open knowledge as a public good.