from the Dean's Desk
Marilyn K. Moody, Fall 2013
The PSU Library vision statement includes: “We support research, teaching and learning at Portland State amidst a constantly changing environment.” Within the Library, we are constantly adapting and responding to that changing environment. Our planning for the FY 2014 year reflects many of those changes—technological changes, our increasing role as a center of student academic life, an emphasis on digitizing and making accessible both PSU scholarship and unique library materials, and our continuing primary role in providing access to the books, journals, databases, and other information resources essential to our faculty and students. The “Library Themes” we developed as part of our planning process describe our areas of greatest impact, along with strategies for supporting the Library.
The Library Themes describe the core of what the PSU Library is about and why it is important to the success of PSU and our students and faculty. I’m sharing these Themes here as a way of summarizing the current directions of the Library. None of this is possible, of course, without the great work of the PSU Library faculty and staff.
The Five Themes:
- Support Student Success. Support student success in ways that improve student learning, provide positive student experiences, and contribute to student retention and graduation.
- Enable Faculty Success. Enhance faculty success in their research and teaching through vibrant partnerships with library faculty and staff. Provide access to high quality information resources.
- Expand Resources and Improve Effectiveness. Expand and use resources strategically while constantly improving our effectiveness.
- Set PSU Apart. Collaborate with students and faculty to gather, preserve, and make accessible the intellectual work of our University; digitize and make accessible unique materials and collections; provide services for publishing and hosting conferences.
- Engage our Community. Extend the Library’s impact to the local and regional community through outreach, programs, and collaborations, and to the broader library community through scholarship and service to professional organizations.