The University Library embarked on a year-long library-wide strategic planning process in Spring 2011. This planning involved staff from all areas of the Library and supports the University's 2012-2017 Plan. The Library's Strategic Plan includes mission, vision, organizational values, and strategic themes to guide the Library through 2017.
2012-2017 Library Strategic Plan.pdf (including 2012-2017 Strategic Themes & Key Initiatives)
The University Library advances the teaching and research mission of the University and supports students, faculty, and other researchers by providing user‐centered services, comprehensive and diverse collections, individual and collaborative learning environments, and opportunities to learn, create, and discover.
The University Library shall:
- Provide collections, services, and support for research and scholarly communication to sustain a premier research institution;
- Promote free inquiry, critical thinking, and the exchange of ideas;
- Transform the library into the intellectual, social, and technological center of the university community through the design of physical and virtual environments that incorporate innovative technologies and services;
- Create a workplace of choice
These values reflect the hopes and intentions of the talented and diverse staff of the University Library of Texas State University. We seek to live these values daily and feel that they spur us to excellence and toward the realization of our vision and achievement of our goals.
We enhance place‐based and online teaching and learning by promoting lifelong learning and the development of critical competencies in students as part of our commitment to making a difference in the lives of graduates and to improving the quality of life for the university community and beyond.
We foster intellectual curiosity, scholarly inquiry and discovery, and critical thinking and support interdisciplinary discourse as key catalysts to the creation of new knowledge.
We respect the ideas of individuals and believe the free exchange of ideas is critical to the creation of knowledge and to democracy. Libraries support intellectual freedom by providing diverse collections with multiple views and perspectives, ensuring equitable access to information, and protecting patron privacy and confidentiality.
We believe each library staff member is responsible for providing a responsive library experience that meets the unique and evolving needs and exceeds expectations of students, faculty, and staff by providing convenient, efficient access to authoritative, quality information.
We take pride in what we do, endeavor to carry out our professional and social responsibilities with integrity and uncompromised ethical standards, and strive for exceptional achievement in all aspects of our work. Respect, trust, and honesty are fundamental to our interactions with customers and colleagues.
We promote and support an environment that encourages creativity, new ideas, flexibility, agility and innovation. We challenge paradigms and endeavor to exceed expectations in every project or initiative we undertake with an eye to quality, effectiveness, efficiency, consistency, accuracy, timeliness, sustainability and continuous improvement.
We regard diversity as paramount to realizing an inclusive atmosphere of mutual respect, fairness, compassion, and caring for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Collaboration – We encourage cooperation and teamwork through open communication between colleagues in the library, with Texas State faculty and staff, and the broader academic community while respecting individual knowledge, ideas, and contributions.
We encourage cooperation and teamwork through open communication between colleagues in the library, with Texas State faculty and staff, and the broader academic community while respecting individual knowledge, ideas, and contributions.
We know it is essential to create a work environment and culture that celebrates successes and encourages staff to stretch to reach their potential and where staff members believe they are valued and appreciated. We understand this requires a commitment to providing the development resources and support that staff members need to attain their personal and professional goals.