Stewart Library’s mission is to advance the instructional, scholarship, and
community service mission of the university through the development of on-site
collections, access to off-site resources, personalized assistance in the use
of library and information resources, and instruction on research strategies
We are committed to assessing
our services and the relevancy and use of our resources and to utilize
assessment outcomes to continually improve those resources and services.
Stewart Library’s collections and services will continue to improve.A combination of state and private funding
and significant effort by our library leadership will result in a collection
focused on academic program needs and enhanced by superior access to electronic
resources and services.The library will
provide exceptional support for faculty and student learning.
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The Stewart Library’s
programs, policies, procedures and priorities emerge from initiatives central
to its mission to support teaching, learning, and scholarship at Weber State
University.The library’s practices are
also guided by traditional and emerging patterns of enhancing access to
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Initiative 1:Achieving Excellence in
Goal - The
library designs and delivers services based on evolving patron
and information seeking behaviors.
Provide a knowledgeable and skilled faculty and staff who organize, present,
and deliver services that facilitate academic success, life-long learning and
Maintain a welcoming, attractive facility that serves as a gathering place and
encourages research and student engagement.
Adopt new models of service as we increasingly utilize technology to fulfill
our mission, increase our involvement in distance learning, and assist faculty
in enhancing the quality of classroom instruction.
Emphasize service to our users as we establish library policies, procedures,
and priorities.Regularly assess the
effectiveness of these policies, procedures, and priorities.
Initiative 2:Developing and Managing
Goal - The
library acquires and makes accessible in the most usable and cost-effective
information resources needed to support teaching and learning at WSU.
Rely on subject librarians to expand partnerships with faculty in
developing,managing, and assessingcollections and to provide course integrated
the number of subject librarian positions to include an Arts & Humanities
Maintain an intuitive, user-friendly website that efficiently leads patrons to
library resources and services.
Utilize more fully the capabilities of the Sirsi-Dynix system to make
information resources more accessible.
Develop effective methodologies to systematically review and evaluate
Maximize buying power through consortial partnership and close collaboration
with the Utah Academic Library Consortium
Seek additional sources of funding to augment the library’s information
Initiative 3: Leveraging Technology
- The library implements information technologies that enhance services,
access to resources, resolve problems, and promote innovation.
Strive to ensure that patron access to the library’s digital resources is
available on a 24-hour per day, 7-day a week basis.
Enhance existing digital resources and services and acquire or create tools
that facilitate their use in classrooms and independent learning environments.
Consult, collaborate, and compare new and emerging technologies with peer
institutions to maintain and enhance electronic services in a consistent and
* Link the acquisition and implementation of new
technologies and the enhancement of existing technologies to agreed upon
library goals and objectives.
Seek additional sources of funding to help off-set the cost of technology and
the need to continually expand and up-date that technology.
Initiative 4: Reference Services in the Information Age
- The library provides client centered reference assistance,
and resources that promote patron self sufficiency and life long learning.
Provide a knowledgeable and skilled faculty and staff who offer high-quality,
user oriented assistance, consultation, and instruction regarding information
needs and research.
Base the design and delivery of reference and instruction services on an
understanding of user needs as determined through observation and systematic
Adopt new models of reference service in response to changing user needs and
Maintain a balanced collection of digital and traditional resources by
developing effective methodologies for review and evaluation.
Initiative 5:Educating for the Information
- The library’s instruction program promotes the development of skills
lead to information literacy.
Continue to expand and improve our information literacy program and assess its
Partner with WSU faculty to integrate information literacy into all levels of
Emphasize the evaluation of information resources and the development of
critical thinking skills in instruction sessions.
Assess student learning and teaching effectiveness in our for-credit courses
and in a representative number of course-integrated instruction sessions.