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Mission Statement and Values

SU Libraries Mission Statement

The Salisbury University Libraries cultivate and sustain a superior learning community by providing user-centered services and information resources in an engaging environment dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and excellence in learning, teaching, scholarship, creativity, and service.

SU Libraries Values

We are in the midst of a time of great change for libraries everywhere.  Electronic collections are supplementing and often supplanting physical collections; users expect immediate, unmediated access to information; and librarians are finding new roles as partners in the creation and dissemination of knowledge.  For the SU Libraries, the change is even greater, as we moved into the new Academic Commons in 2016, opening up great new possibilities for serving our students and faculty.  Even in the midst of this change, however, the core values that guide our work endure.  Our core values are:

Intellectual inquiry: This is the fundamental purpose and activity of a university.

Responsiveness to patron needs: What our users want or need drives much of what we do.  We would not exist without them.

Adaptation and innovation: These permeate everything we do, from how we teach classes to what collections we acquire to how we communicate with our users.

Collaboration: We partner with faculty, students, staff, other libraries, businesses, and community organizations.

Excellence: We aspire to excellence in all we do.

SU Libraries Strategic Plan, 2014-2018

The staff of the SU Libraries undertook strategic planning in 2014 in conjunction with the University’s strategic planning process.  Go here to see the full SU Libraries Strategic Plan.

SU Libraries Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

The staff of the Salisbury University Libraries welcomes, supports, and appreciates all SU students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  We recognize and celebrate the differences in background, abilities, experiences, characteristics, identity, and thought that make each person unique and that enrich our campus, community, and nation.  At the same time, we acknowledge that which unites us: our basic humanity and the search for knowledge that is central to Salisbury University’s mission.  We are committed to providing services, collections, and programs that promote affirmation, respect, inclusion, and understanding.

Download our full Diversity and Inclusion Plan

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