Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

UC Santa Barbara Library enables exploration and collaboration for scholars in their intellectual engagement with the world of ideas and the creation of knowledge.

Vision

UCSB Library empowers a lifetime of research, discovery and learning.

Values

Collaboration

  • We believe that creating programs and spaces in the Library for collaborative study and research supports the interdisciplinary nature of UCSB
  • We believe that engagement with peers from different disciplines and institutions deepens everyone’s understanding of the issues that face the Library, the University, and the communities served

Diversity

  • We believe that developing collections and services that reflect the diversity of the UCSB community benefits all of its users
  • We believe that a diversity of opinion and a diversity of background promote an organizational culture better able to anticipate and meet the needs of the communities the Library serves

Integrity

  • We believe that the Library’s policies, procedures and practices should be transparent
  • We believe that the Library’s communication should be proactive and engaged
  • We believe that the Library should be mindful of how its collections, services and systems are interrelated components of our effectiveness

Innovation

  • We believe that experimentation is essential in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of Library users
  • We believe that continuous improvement and learning are synonymous

Leadership

  • We believe that the Library should be the information leader for UCSB
  • We believe that the Library serves a key role in providing stewardship of information resources
  • We believe the Library serves a key role in enhancing scholars’ productivity

Research & Learning

  • We believe that the Library is a facilitator of the research mission of the University
  • We believe that the Library has a critical role in the teaching mission of the University
  • We believe that effective utilization of emerging technologies is essential to serve the research and teaching missions at UCSB
  • We believe the Library has an important role in promoting information competency

September 2013