As the center of community, the Libraries foster critical inquiry, scholarly discovery and engagement, and innovation and creativity - a dynamic forum for people and ideas.
The Libraries aspire to be an intellectually vital space for the College's research and learning community, where a culture of broad inquiry is promoted and where freedom of discussion is cultivated. We seek to empower students to realize their full intellectual and personal potential by engaging in substantive and thoughtful inquiry, and by developing a critical understanding of the contexts in which knowledge is developed and disseminated, supported by a trusted staff with deep disciplinary and technical expertise. We strive to engage with the ongoing transformations of our community and of society, to be flexible in reconfiguring ourselves around the College's broader educational and research needs, and to promote the generation of new knowledge and cultural understanding in heretofore unimagined ways.
- We value academic freedom and individuals' rights as library users.
- We value the delivery of personal and respectful service to our users in response to their individual information needs.
- We value collaboration with campus colleagues and consortial partners and actively engage with the broader academic, library, technology, and publishing worlds.
- We value the ethical use of information resources and encourage students to act as critical consumers of information.
- We value developing the collection to ensure the representation of a multiplicity of ideas and perspectives.
- We value equal access to resources for users according to their needs, abilities, and interests.
- We value the uniqueness and diversity of intellectual and cultural life on campus.
- We value environmentally sustainable policies to create a greener footprint for the Libraries and its services.
- We value an organizational culture that is flexible, open to change, and willing to take risks when appropriate.
- We value the changing needs of our community through ongoing assessment.
Adopted Spring 2015.