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Mission and Goals

The High Library partners with Elizabethtown College students, faculty, and staff to promote learning and discovery as we educate for service. We are committed to connecting people with ideas and to creating an intellectual and cultural commons—both physical and virtual—where individuals can experience the power of sharing information. The Library stimulates, inspires and engages our community by offering resources and support for creative and critical inquiry.

Goal 1: Provide reliable access to information resources to educate the college community for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world.

Goal 2: Provide professional expertise: help students discover the resources needed to enhance classroom success and to navigate diverse cultural perspectives; provide direction and vision for the College with regard to intellectual property, information technology and digital initiatives.

Goal 3: Create the commons: support spaces that allow students to work singly and in groups to acquire new habits of mind.

Goal 4: Partner with students, faculty, staff and other offices at the college to fuel motivation, catalyze curiosity and foster purposeful life work.

Goal 5: Deepen campus engagement with the community and the world to expand intellectual horizons and help our scholars apply and integrate their learning. Pursue supplementary capital to support this goal and other special projects.


Institutional Effectiveness of the Library

Unit Performance Standards

 The major functions of The High Library are as follows:

1. Educational Role and Discovery: Develops and supports information-literate learners to discover information in all formats and use needed information.

2. Collections: Provides access to collections of sufficient quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching mission of the institution.

3. Space: Provides diverse users with an intellectual commons where they can interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.

4. External Relations: Engages the campus and broader community through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate, and promote the value of its resources and services.

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