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.


  • 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.

Guiding Principles

  • 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

    A. Engage in teaching, learning, and research - partner, embed, share

    1. Collaborate with instructional faculty to help students develop effective and responsible information research skills and meet identified learning outcomes.
    2. Build online instruction and research aids, providing general and subject-focused learning support.
    3. Expand support for graduate programs.
    4. Support research and scholarly publishing of students and faculty.
    5. Provide varied means for students to get research assistance.

    B. Align resources/content decisions - university mission and priorities, identified learning outcomes, curriculum, faculty research interests

    1. Align job responsibilities, workflows, and financial resources with the curriculum and goals of the university.
    2. Allocate additional resources to support graduate programs.
    3. Ensure access to intellectual content that students and faculty members need for teaching, learning, and research.
    4. Continuously assess our effectiveness at providing quality service to guide resource decisions.
    5. Develop master plan for renovation of library.

    C. Engage campus - learn, anticipate, participate, serve, listen/communicate

    1. Create and sustain active, dynamic relationships among students, faculty, and staff to enhance the quality of services that the library offers.
    2. Be visible within the academic units and on campus; proactively and effectively communicate with the campus community.
    3. Seek opportunities to feature campus scholarly and creative output through library collections, events, and exhibits.

    D. Optimize technology - implement, develop, adapt, and maintain

    1. Support and leverage new and existing technologies to enhance access to current and future research tools and instructional resources.
    2. Utilize new and existing technologies to efficiently and effectively support library services and the information access needs of all library users.
    3. Develop and maintain a strong and effective digital presence that is compatible with current campus technologies.

    E. Develop staff - skills, knowledge, strengths, success

    1. 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.
    2. Create and sustain an environment that supports continuous staff growth and learning by providing training and development opportunities for all library staff members.

    F. Partner with and engage the external community - learn, anticipate, participate, serve, listen/communicate

    1. Support university projects and efforts related to the Metropolitan Vision.
    2. Provide educational resources and expertise for the benefit of the people, organizations, and industry of metropolitan Detroit.
    3. Collaborate with community groups on educational and cultural projects or events that benefit the community.
    4. Expand relationships with alumni and emeritus faculty/staff.

    Approved by A-Team July 20, 2013

Did you know?

  • 3D Printer in the Library
  • The Mardigian Library has one LulzBot 3D printer and we offer a 3D printing service for current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Please visit our 3D Printing Service page for information on 3D printing, resources for students and faculty, and how to submit your 3D Print Requests.