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Vision, Mission and Values


Read the Strategic Plan of the Library's staff and faculty for 2011-2015  [PDF]

Vision

The University of Idaho Library collaborates with leading land-grant and flagship libraries to shape modern academic librarianship and is widely recognized for our unique collections and services. We bring together the talents and enthusiasm of faculty, staff, and students to present the best of Idaho to the world and the best of the world to Idaho.

Mission

To advance the university’s strategic interests, the University of Idaho Library will:

  • Facilitate access to library resources, experts, and collections in both traditional and innovative ways
  • Enrich formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities
  • Foster and support all stages of research and scholarly activity
  • Seek and build mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Achieve recognition and excellence in scholarship, practice, and professional leadership both locally and globally

Core Values Guiding Our Actions

Access

We provide and promote open and equitable access to information resources and library facilities.

Diversity

We value the diversity of our stakeholders. We reflect this in our services and collections. We support the examination of all ideas and perspectives.

Intellectual Freedom

As a socially healthy and welcoming academic community, we value intellectual freedom. The passions for knowledge, innovation, and creativity are allowed to flourish. This value extends to our selection of resources that reflect a variety of viewpoints, resists efforts to censor library materials, and provides an environment that ensures privacy and confidentiality.

Positive Work Environment

Through mutual respect, cooperation, and professionalism, we promote a work environment that is safe, supportive, and respectful for all employees.

Scholarship

We value our participation in scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our collections, services, and technologies are chosen to offer opportunities for intellectual engagement and deeper learning.

Service

We value high quality service to all our stakeholders. This includes each other as well as all library users. We strive for excellence in our service by continuously maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills.