Vision, Mission, & Goals

Vision of the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be the University community’s premier portal to knowledge for innovative and collaborative life-long learning. Our commitment to excellence will permeate the diverse intellectual and social life of The University of Scranton.

Mission of the Weinberg Memorial Library

The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library provides superior resources, services and programs that meet the dynamic scholarly, cultural and social endeavors of the University and the community at large. We are committed to a culture of innovation, assessment and sustainability through the support of teaching and learning. We preserve and promote the history of the University and provide access to rare cultural resources.

The Mission is advanced by the following priorities and tactical goals:


  1. Integrate the Library into the University experience beginning with student recruitment through student retention and culminating with career placement.
    • Collaborate with the Admissions Department to showcase the Library for the recruitment and retention of new and transfer students.
    • Collaborate with the Enrollment Management Committee to promote contributions of the Library for student retention.
    • Collaborate with the Summer Orientation Staff to refine library orientation for incoming students.
    • Collaborate with Student Affairs to further integrate the Library into student life on campus.
    • Collaborate with The First Year Experience Program to further develop the role of the Library in the academic program.
    • In collaboration with CTLE, meet with Advising Center Staffs to articulate ways in which the Library supports student learning.
    • In conjunction with Career Services, develop instruction and collections to support resume writing and the job search process.
  2. Design and implement services and programs that effectively enable continuous innovation and support life-long learning.
    • Engage frequently with students and faculty to anticipate, understand, and meet their information needs.
    • Lead experimentation with cutting edge technologies that meet the needs of students and faculty.
    • Make the Library a center for social wellness through facilities, programs and services.
    • Foster an inclusive environment in the Library.
    • Provide programs through the Schemel Forum and Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library that expand the cultural life of the community.
    • Pursue opportunities for collaboration with other departments and divisions on campus.
  3. Communicate the value of Library services, resources, and personnel to the University community through marketing, advocacy, and community engagement.
    • Seek opportunities to educate community members about the evolving roles and functions of modern academic libraries.
    • Forge a consistent and recognizable brand for all Library initiatives, both digital and physical.
    • Market information resources and services to end users through catalog and web page enhancements.
    • Employ social media and other emerging technologies to deliver and market library programs and services.
    • Prepare all Library staff to act as advocates for the Library.
    • Work with the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library to raise funds for the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment and other projects.
  4. Teach literacies in a variety of forms and formats.
    • Continue the development of the Information Literacy Program.
    • Expand Media Literacy through broad representation on campus, programs and policies.
    • Integrate Academic Integrity into all library instruction.
    • Develop point-of-need tutorials to assist in students' self-sufficient Technological Literacy.
  5. Develop new strategies for collaborative and learning spaces, characterized by flexibility, adaptability and usability.
    • Gather feedback from students and faculty to determine how well the Library space meets their learning needs.
    • Evaluate strategies and techniques of peer libraries for innovative use of physical spaces.
    • Investigate technologies that facilitate Library goals, policies and procedures.
    • Furnish the Library to facilitate student collaboration and learning.
  6. Create an assessment plan for all aspects of the Library for continuous improvement.
    • Identify metrics to understand and respond to user needs and expectations.
    • Administer the LibQUAL+™ assessment tool to generate user feedback to increase the Library's understanding of users' expectations, satisfaction and dissatisfaction with the facility, staff and collections.
    • Update the Information Literacy Action Plan.
    • Assess social media efforts to determine how well they are meeting their intended objectives.
    • Assess the content, cost and use of electronic databases/resources to provide the best support of subject disciplines.
  7. Foster an entrepreneurial culture in the Library.
    • Allow student needs and expectations to drive technology decisions.
    • Experiment with new trends to assess their utility for the campus community.
    • Encourage collaboration among Library Departments.
    • Empower and encourage all Library faculty and staff to suggest, participate in and provide feedback on new initiatives
  8. Educate all library users about the importance of sustainability and lead by example through cultivating an environment of sustainable practices within the Library.