Independent Minds, Working Together

Mission and Goals of The College of Wooster Libraries

Mission

In support of The College of Wooster's focus on liberal inquiry, the Libraries foster development of increasingly sophisticated research and scholarly communication skills, cultivation of a rich local academic community, and the creation and sharing of new knowledge with communities worldwide.  We advance this mission through dynamic and high quality collections, technologies, learning environments, and services for our campus community.

Goals

Goal 1: Support a College culture of liberal academic inquiry, research sophistication, and advanced scholarly communication
  1a. By the second semester of their junior year, College of Wooster students will be able to independently conduct efficient and effective library research.
  1b. The Libraries will collaborate with the campus community to identify and support student achievement of broader research learning outcomes across the curriculum.
  1c. The College's academic community will understand scholarly communication*, including rights and responsibilities.
  1d. The Libraries will enhance digital access to its research resources.
  1e. The Libraries will adopt multiple pedagogical approaches to extend both formal and informal learning opportunities.
   
Goal 2: Offer optimal physical and digital environments that facilitate academic community and interdisciplinary communication
  2a. The Libraries will provide environments that encourage impromptu conversations and academic interactions.
  2b. The Libraries, recognizing the essential intersections of technology and research, will effectively integrate both through its teaching and learning environments.
  2c. The Libraries will provide attractive and comfortable spaces conducive to individual study and collaborative learning.
  2d. The Libraries will provide flexible instructional spaces supporting multiple teaching/learning styles.
  2e. The Libraries will provide physical and digital spaces reflecting intuitive and user-centered design principles.
  2f. The Libraries will provide welcoming and energizing settings for discovery and inquiry.
   
Goal 3: Provide and promote information resources tailored to support a distinguished undergraduate curriculum
  3a. The Libraries will increase access to primary sources for research and scholarship.
  3b. The Libraries will partner with departmental faculty to develop rich research collections and promote available resources.
  3c. The Libraries will provide reliable, convenient, and user-friendly access to physical and digital collections and resources.
  3d. The Libraries will provide careful stewardship and preservation of its historical collections.
  3e. The Libraries will recruit, develop, and retain exceptional staff, focused on the diverse needs of a rigorous and dynamic liberal arts community.
  3f. The Libraries will celebrate and advance the use of information resources by the academic community.
   
Goal 4: Develop, in collaboration with key partners, dynamic systems supporting the creation and sharing of new knowledge in an increasingly complex world
  4a. The Libraries will pursue teaching and learning initiatives that complement stated research learning outcomes from across the curriculum.
  4b. The Libraries will actively seek campus partners to advance common goals, enhance teaching, and extend academic discourse.
  4c. The Libraries will leverage the resources, professional development opportunities, and efficiencies of consortia and membership organizations (e.g. OhioLINK, Ohio5, NITLE, SPARC, Oberlin Group, CRL).
  4d. The Libraries will develop integrated service models that appear seamless and transparent to its users.
   
Goal 5: Establish a proactive culture of continuous improvement within the Libraries
  5a. The Libraries will actively support ongoing library staff development.
  5b. The Libraries will regularly assess its services, collections, and programs.
  5c. The Libraries will enrich our mentoring program for new librarians and staff.
  5d. The Libraries will develop a coordinated training program for student employees.
  5e. The Libraries will embrace change and encourage teamwork through agility, efficiency, and creativity.
   
  *Scholarly communication is, "the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly activities. [Scholarly communication issues include] author rights, the economics of scholarly resources, new models of publishing including open access, institutional repositories, rights and access to federally funded research, and preservation of intellectual assets."

(Courtesy of the Scholarly Communications Portal at Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis, see http://becker.wustl.edu/services/scholarly/index.html )