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:
- Create a sustainable, comprehensive plan of succession for human resources.
- Explore opportunities within the library's organizational chart for flexible staffing and increasing expertise.
- Articulate the function of library positions to separate function from workflows so that those in new positions may develop alternative workflows.
- Refine staffing of service points to include work study students to provide a different model for student access to information and student to student scholarly research conversations.
- Plan for the allocation of financial and infrastructure resources for support of faculty and student research needs.
- Articulate the business case for sustained, long-term funding for digital preservation
- Explore opportunities for multiyear commitments to information providers at favorable rates of inflation.
- Embrace librarians’ roles as educators.
- Provide forums for developing awareness of K-12 curricula.
- Incorporate into the Information Literacy Program critical assessment of public resources available to students who have access to proprietary databases only while they are enrolled.
- Leverage the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education within a sustainable system through faculty who teach in the Information Literacy Program.
- Implement flexible, adaptable preservation and access to digital resources.
- Improve efficiency, effectiveness of digital collections through automation and description technologies.
- Protect and preserve born digital University records and resources.
- Implement a robust rights management system for documenting transfer of rights and provisioning appropriate user access to digital resources
- Establish library services to meet the changing demands of digital scholarship.
- Begin exploration and cost assessments for research services such as an institutional repository, Researcher ID platform (such as ORCID), and data management platform (such as FigShare) and/or consulting services.
- Preserve and provide access to new forms of faculty/student scholarship, such as digital posters, data sets, video, and other dynamic media.
- Develop partnerships on campus to provide the technology and software that enables students to discover, create and use diverse forms of information.
- Provide equipment and software to support 3D scanning, modeling, and printing
- Design and furnish learning spaces to meet learning styles and to house collections.
- Study patterns of use and develop a plan to accommodate diverse seating and study needs
- Participate in remote storage and shared resources projects to extend ownership/access to materials.
- Develop a protocol for selection of materials that may be stored in nearby facilities from which they would be retrievable within a 24 hour period
- Participate in local, national and international digital initiatives
- Seek collaborative, interinstitutional solutions for digital preservation issues.
- Enrich the value of Library cataloging and metadata by participating in new linked open data environments.
- Enhance findability and simplify access to the library’s collections.
- Participate as a beta partner with Innovative Interfaces Inc. on future development of their products.
- Finalize and implement participation in Digital Public Library of America to improve discoverability of digital collections
- Implement policies and procedures to preserve the privacy of user interactions with library services
- Establish robust rights management protocols and documentation for digital collections
- Minimize collection of sensitive, personal information from Library users