Mission and Vision

The Twenty-First Century academic library demands the seeming contradiction of traditional library services and contemporary information technologies.  The role and responsibility of the academic library and its staff are to bring the best of new technologies to bear on the best of library traditions.  Built on service, access, and tradition, our focus is the success of our students, faculty, employees, and community.  The key question is "How does the library promote their success?"

The primary purpose of the Shelton State Libraries is to provide information services and bibliographic resources to support the educational needs of students and the instructional needs of faculty, staff, and administrators of Shelton State Community College.  The mission of the Shelton State Libraries is to serve as an integral part of the educational program of the college by facilitating and improving learning in all instructional areas, both academic and technical.  The library and its staff are dynamic and active forces for progress within the college.

The Shelton State Libraries support the mission and vision of the college through the following areas of service: collection development; circulation; reserves; media services and scheduling; reference services; facilities and resources management; attention to the special needs of users; community services; cooperative and reciprocal relationships; and library effectiveness. 
The Shelton State Libraries'  vision for the Twenty-First Century charts the following course:

  1. A primary role for the Shelton State Libraries and its staff will continue to be to help users navigate the increasing variety of information sources available and the rapidly evolving information technologies.
  2. One of the most challenging roles of the libraries will be to promote information literacy and competence for faculty, staff, and students.   By working with faculty to promote critical thinking skills and learner-centered instruction, the library staff will target specific ways in which the libraries contribute to learning.    
  3. Likewise, the Shelton State Libraries will actively seek partnerships with other instructional and service units of the college in order to truly integrate library services with all aspects of college life.
  4. The Shelton State Libraries staff will develop a "best practices toolkit," based on benchmarking and national standards, using it as a guide for planning, evaluation, and improvement.  
  5. The Shelton State Libraries must keep pace with technological change and remain in the mainstream of academic library technology and information systems.   The Shelton State Libraries staff will adopt a long-range view of information technology and focus existing strengths on these new and evolving technologies.  The staff will take into account the information habits, practices, and needs of library users when making decisions about library technology.
  6. A Twenty-First Century academic library will include a variety of both traditional print materials and electronic and digital resources.  The Shelton State Libraries will continue to develop collections of all kinds of resources, matching format to need and availability.
  7. The Shelton State Libraries will sustain an academic library environment while nurturing and supporting undergraduate and vocational/technical instruction.  The libraries will remain service-centered, adding value to information sources through library services.
  8. The Shelton State Libraries will rely on a well-trained, knowledgeable, service-oriented staff and will promote active learning among members of the library staff.  Professional development and ongoing training must be sufficient to support library services and priorities.
  9. The Shelton State Libraries will continue to promote wide access to library resources and services, regardless of the location of library users and the location of resources and services.  
  10. The changing economics of information management and technology will be considered and analyzed for cost-effective solutions to library problems and to increase the purchasing power of the Shelton State Libraries.
  11. These values of American academic librarianship will be evident in policies and priorities for library services: democracy; stewardship; service; intellectual freedom; privacy; literacy and learning; and equity of access (Gorman, Michael.  Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century.  Chicago: ALA, 2000)
  12. The Shelton State Libraries staff will remain committed to Ranganathan's "Five Laws of Library Science," with the broadest interpretation of "book" as resource and "reader" as user:
    • Books and libraries are for use.  (Library resources don't belong on the shelves but in use.)
    • Every reader its book.  (Choose library resources to meet the needs of Shelton State library users.)
    • Every book its reader.  (Take care to ensure that resources are readily available to library users and easy to find.)
    • Save the time of the reader.  (Make the Shelton State Libraries easy to use.)
    • Libraries are living organisms.  (Libraries must constantly change to meet user needs).

Adopted by the Shelton State Libraries Staff, August 19, 2004
This page maintained by the Director of Library Services, Shelton State Community College.
Updated and reviewed 1/27/12.