The F Wilbur Gingrich Library provides the Albright community with research support, individual and collaborative study space, and the resources necessary to foster intellectual discovery in a liberal arts and sciences educational environment. We strive to create lifelong learners and technologically fluent critical thinkers across all disciplines. The library is a strategic partner with the campus community in pursuing academic excellence by creating discerning thinkers who can research complex issues, discuss them critically and communicate ideas effectively. Recognizing the importance of making connections with the greater community, the library, which includes Archives/Special Collections, collaborates proactively with internal and external constituencies to support the college’s mission.
Our vision is to be the educational “heart” of the campus and the center of information access and learning, a place of personal study and collaboration for our community. The library will create an environment that invites curiosity, study, learning, and creativity and will provide space for both individualized and collaborative work. We will enable our users and support them with resources, highly trained staff and high quality services so they can find what they need, when they need it and in the format that is most useful to them. We will continue to enhance and preserve our print collection while embracing digital collections and services.
The library-learner relationship will be one of personalized attention and engagement, and library guidance and instruction will be available throughout the information seeking process. In order to achieve the goal of patron independence and learning, the library will work with our patrons in support of their learning, teaching and research goals; will provide them resources with minimal barriers and seamless access; and will encourage them to integrate these behaviors into life-long learning patterns. The Library will use evaluation and assessment to improve service to students and faculty, anticipate their future needs, and address those needs in a holistic manner.
The library-community relationship is one of collaboration and respect. The library will support the mission and outreach of the Holocaust Resource Center as well as continue to develop and nurture the various community and library consortial groups that serve the region.
The library’s commitment to the educational process and a liberal education** is reflected in our core library values:
Intellectual Inquiry & Learning
Collegiality & Collaboration
This mission, vision and values statement was reviewed and accepted by the Information Development Committee in Fall 2012.
The Library provides resources and services to meet the information needs primarily of the Albright community and secondarily of the local and global community. The Library contributes to the college's commitment to excellence by
• supporting student and faculty research through building and maintaining physical and electronic collections that support the curriculum and encourage information literacy, critical thinking and reading; and
• providing access to information resources as well as instructing and informing our community how to efficiently locate and access quality resources and information.
To enrich the liberal arts experience for the students of Albright College.
This mission and vision statement was prepared by the Library, Fall 2004.