Vision, Mission & Values

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Vision

A community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship.


Mission

University of Houston Libraries advances student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research.


Values

  • COMMUNICATION

    – We are intentional about communicating externally and internally about the value of our services, resources, and expertise that we offer to library users.

  • CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT

    – We engage in systematic assessment to improve processes, services, and programs.

  • CURIOSITY & EXPERIMENTATION

    – We support experimentation, innovation, and development of new ideas, programs, services, tools, and technologies that spur excellence within the libraries and for the UH community.

  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

    – We respect all aspects of diversity and create an inclusive virtual and physical environment, for all learners, researchers, and library staff. We are responsive in providing spaces, services, programs, and resources that promote and value diversity.

  • EXCELLENCE IN COLLECTIONS

    – We build collections of national prominence that align with the research and teaching priorities of the University. We engage diverse audiences and provide seamless discovery of and access to these collections.

  • PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATION

    – We leverage the power of partnerships and collaboration to enrich services locally and expand our impact globally. We improve outcomes through internal and external collaborations, including the local community, the UH system, and professional alliances.

  • SERVICE EXCELLENCE

    – We are user-centered and work assiduously to create a high-quality user experience. We are deliberative in our interactions with users, anticipate their changing needs, and provide services that are targeted, empowering, innovative, and inclusive.

  • STAFF EXCELLENCE

    – We cultivate a diverse, stimulating, and supportive work environment that attracts the very best in library talent, and encourages librarians and staff at every level to continuously develop and expand their knowledge and expertise.

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