The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. These services are driven by the library’s culture of collaboration and its attention to learner experience sustained by immersion in campus communities of practice. In its work, the library exemplifies principles of the Jesuit and Marymount traditions, supporting education of the whole person, meeting others where they are, promoting critical inquiry and reflection, and striving for continuous improvement.
The Library as Bridge
The Library bridges disciplines and departments to contribute to learning outcomes. Through a robust liaison program with academic departments, the Library connects faculty with Library services and resources and promotes the integration of information literacy instruction throughout the curricula. The Library also partners with other campus service providers to provide integrated academic support services for the University community. The Library fosters intellectual and cultural collaborations throughout LMU and the broader scholarly community, and among our library peers. The Library engages in outreach strategies to expand local community awareness of its resources, services, and programming.
The Library as Gateway
The Library provides a portal to rich collections in a variety of formats and representing diverse topics and perspectives, in support of LMU’s mission of the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, and the service of faith and promotion of justice. The Library develops and maintains both physical and electronic collections, supporting the diverse needs and preferences of users both on and off campus. The Library creates and preserves digital collections to expand the visibility and availability of our collections, and the Department of Archives and Special Collections provides enhanced access to rare and archival materials. The Library partners with other institutions to share resources and participate in cooperative initiatives.
The Library as Agora
The Library, as the heart of the campus, serves as a central marketplace for the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of ideas. The Library provides a variety of inviting spaces for individual and collaborative study, intellectual and creative discovery, and educational and cultural programming. The Library accommodates the diverse needs and schedules of students through extended hours of operation. An Information Commons integrates current and emerging information technologies with information resources and services, while state-of-the-art classrooms facilitate effective information literacy instruction.
The Library as Enterprise
The Library maximizes its effectiveness through learning-centered operations informed by best practices. The Library recruits, develops, and retains talented and dedicated personnel who explore innovative ideas and new technologies and apply them toward services that are more usable, accessible, and relevant to our community. Library personnel operate within a culture of evidence, regularly assessing services, collections, and operations to identify successes and opportunities for improvement.
Principle 1: Curate authoritative content and deliver it whenever, wherever, and however needed.
Principle 2: Transform the user experience to promote optimal utilization of library resources, tools, and services.
Principle 3: Extend our reach through mutual appreciation, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.
Principle 4: Effectively communicate our values, initiatives, and services to internal and external audiences.
Principle 5: Engage ourselves – individually and collectively – in continuous learning, critical inquiry, and reflective practice.
Goal 1: At graduation, every student will have achieved standards-based information literacy proficiencies.
Objective 1.1: Increase students’ information literacy proficiencies through a program of cumulative skills training integrated with curriculum.
Objective 1.2: Increase collaboration of faculty and other campus units in promoting and assessing information literacy proficiencies.
Objective 1.3: Prepare librarians to effectively advance and support information literacy at LMU.
Goal 2: The library’s physical and digital spaces will promote optimal utilization of resources, tools, and services.
Objective 2.1: Improve efficiency and effectiveness of basement storage and retrieval to maintain timely access to physical resources while maximizing user spaces.
Objective 2.2: Meet users’ expectations for spaces conducive to individual and group study.
Objective 2.3: Improve wayfinding in library physical and digital spaces.
Objective 2.4: Correct deficiencies in the facility that impede building operation.
Goal 3: The library will engage in sustainable stewardship of physical and digital collections in support of academic excellence, local and global citizenship, and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Objective 3.1: Meet users’ expectations for access to authoritative content in the format desired.
Objective 3.2: Increase external gifts and grants to supplement university funding for development, maintenance, preservation, and utilization of collections.
Objective 3.3: Improve the preservation of university history through increased selective submission of records, media, and artifacts to University Archives.
Objective 3.4: Increase access to archival and other local collections through digitization and metadata.
Goal 4: The library will promote LMU’s competitiveness through excellence and accountability in performance.
Objective 4.1: Improve the performance of library staff through organizational and staff development.
Objective 4.2: Prepare library student employees with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to post-baccalaureate work or career development.
Goal 5: The library will contribute to formative and transformative education of the whole person through outreach and programming.
Objective 5.1: Prioritize library programming to be more intentional, integrative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary.
Objective 5.2: Support and promote the research and creative output of LMU students and faculty in innovative, creative ways.
Objective 5.3: Strengthen the library’s role as a cultural and intellectual hub that connects LMU with communities off campus.
Objective 5.4: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of library communication with its users.
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