Summary: SUPPORTING THE LIFECYCLE OF KNOWLEDGE
Strategic Priorities for the University Libraries
Knowledge resources--books, journals, media, data--are
fundamental elements of research, teaching, and learning.
These raw materials fuel discovery and stimulate the creative
enterprise, generating new knowledge.
The University Libraries play a critical role in supporting the cycle of knowledge
discovery, use, creation, and dissemination through the stewardship of the products
of research (collections) and, increasingly, through the active engagement in the
processes of learning and research.
The vision statement of the University Libraries reflects dual roles: The University
Libraries are a strategic asset for the University, providing intellectual leadership and
extraordinary information experiences toward the advancement of knowledge. Simply
stated, the Libraries are a service agency connecting faculty and students with the
resources they need to be effective teachers, researchers, and learners; and the
Libraries are an academic agency, providing intellectual leadership on important
issues affecting universities and scholarship, such as information literacy, publishing
economics and policies, knowledge organization and access, and copyright.