Mission Statement

Colby College Libraries: Mission and Vision

The Colby College Libraries are central to Colby’s scholarship, providing scholarly resources and services to advance users' teaching, learning, and research experiences.

To fulfill our mission we ...

  • Teach and guide students to discover, evaluate, and ethically use information
  • Collaborate with faculty to meet their individual teaching and research needs
  • Identify, acquire, preserve, and provide access to scholarly works and resources that support teaching and faculty and student research
  • Manage, preserve, and promote use of the College’s rare and unique materials, among other primary sources
  • Provide user-centered spaces for group and individual research, study, collaboration, and contemplation

We will remain indispensable to Colby’s mission and priorities by ...

  • Collaborating with faculty to integrate library and information resources into the curriculum and research processes
  • Re-conceptualizing our physical and virtual spaces to best support the Colby experience
  • Managing the shift to increasingly digital collections and continuing to acquire and preserve physical materials as critical for scholarship
  • Focusing on services in which all users are valued and accommodated
  • Continuing to develop our incredible staff to foster a flexible and innovative organization
  • Partnering with the wider community to provide broader access to resources
  • Instilling a culture of assessment to evaluate and continuously improve our collections and services
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