Mission and Vision Statement
The Mardigian Library is an essential part of the University of Michigan-Dearborn experience-- a campus hub for academic success, creativity, knowledge creation, and interdisciplinary collaboration; a gathering place for learners; and a catalyst for integrated learning and community engagement.
The library actively supports UM-Dearborn's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by:
- providing diverse information resources, technologies, and study spaces;
- collaborating to provide research, writing, and academic support services;
- partnering with instructional faculty in teaching, research, and scholarly publication; and
- advancing the Metropolitan Vision of the university through professional and community service, and by hosting exhibits, programs, and events.
- Student success is the Mardigian Library's top priority.
- The library partners with instructional faculty in their teaching efforts and the assessment of student learning outcomes.
- The library actively supports faculty scholarship and research.
- Library success depends on integrity, teamwork, collaboration, professional development, flexibility, and risk taking.
- All library staff members take responsibility for providing the highest quality customer service to all library users.
- Library staff development is encouraged, and the library actively supports campus, community, and professional engagement.
Strategic Emphases 2013-2018
- Engage in teaching, learning, and research - partner, embed, share
- Collaborate with instructional faculty to help students develop effective and responsible information research skills and meet identified learning outcomes.
- Build online instruction and research aids, providing general and subject-focused learning support.
- Expand support for graduate programs.
- Support research and scholarly publishing of students and faculty.
- Provide varied means for students to get research assistance.
- Align resources/content decisions - university mission and priorities, identified learning outcomes, curriculum, faculty research interests
- Align job responsibilities, workflows, and financial resources with the curriculum and goals of the university.
- Allocate additional resources to support graduate programs.
- Ensure access to intellectual content that students and faculty members need for teaching, learning, and research.
- Continuously assess our effectiveness at providing quality service to guide resource decisions.
- Develop master plan for renovation of library.
- Engage campus - learn, anticipate, participate, serve, listen/communicate
- Create and sustain active, dynamic relationships among students, faculty, and staff to enhance the quality of services that the library offers.
- Be visible within the academic units and on campus; proactively and effectively communicate with the campus community.
- Seek opportunities to feature campus scholarly and creative output through library collections, events, and exhibits.
- Optimize technology - implement, develop, adapt, and maintain
- Support and leverage new and existing technologies to enhance access to current and future research tools and instructional resources.
- Utilize new and existing technologies to efficiently and effectively support library services and the information access needs of all library users.
- Develop and maintain a strong and effective digital presence that is compatible with current campus technologies.
- Develop staff - skills, knowledge, strengths, success
- Empower individuals to acquire, maintain, and strengthen skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to be successful, both in achieving the library's mission and professional development.
- Create and sustain an environment that supports continuous staff growth and learning by providing training and development opportunities for all library staff members.
- Partner with and engage the external community - learn, anticipate, participate, serve, listen/communicate
- Support university projects and efforts related to the Metropolitan Vision.
- Provide educational resources and expertise for the benefit of the people, organizations, and industry of metropolitan Detroit.
- Collaborate with community groups on educational and cultural projects or events that benefit the community.
- Expand relationships with alumni and emeritus faculty/staff.
Approved by A-Team
July 20, 2013