Philosophy of Librarianship

As an academic librarian and archivist, I believe that the library is the heart of the campus, a center for student research and learning as well as faculty teaching and research. Librarians and archivists are most successful with they work closely with students, instructors, research faculty, and information technologists to support learning and research through the advocacy of open access publishing, digitization efforts, technological innovation, information literacy instruction, and continuing education. Openly accessible collections, customer-centered services, and a collaborative and communicative environment invite researchers to use our resources and seek our expertise. Through active partnerships with diverse constituencies, librarians create and increase awareness of library resources that meet community needs and institutionally-aligned library goals.

I wholeheartedly support and promote open access publishing and digitization efforts. Ranging from the open access publication of faculty-authored articles and graduate theses to generating digital facsimiles of archival materials, open access repositories provide an unprecedented equity of access. Librarians and archivists must use appropriate institutional repository and digital library technologies, standards, and best practices to ensure usability and accessibility, provide added value with rich contextual and descriptive information, respect intellectual property rights of copyright owners and partner repositories, and preserve digital collections. By embracing partnerships, librarians and archivists collaborating on digital humanities projects, tailoring digital initiatives to instructor and faculty research needs, and supporting technology for the collection of scholarly communications. Further, librarians and archivists who provide excellent instruction in developing and researching with open access content teach critical information literacy skills to students and faculty, alike. Improving access to university research and library resources through on- and off-campus partnerships that support student, faculty, and community research needs is the hallmark of my philosophy of librarianship.

I believe in continually improving services, resources, and accessibility by frequently communicating with colleagues, continuing education through conference and workshop attendance, and reading relevant books, blogs, and articles. Librarians and archivists must revise methods, acquire or build additional resources, provide new services, and implement new technologies when appropriate. By serving on committees, working groups, and task forces at departmental, university, and professional levels, librarians and archivists learn from colleagues, represent their own perspectives, and make decisions by weighing multiple viewpoints. Librarians and archivists bring additional voices to the discussion by seeking contributions from students, faculty, and administrators, thus improving services and resources through feedback and vision. Librarians and archivists must read literature authored by other information professionals, in addition to literature from other fields, like education, business, and computer science. My philosophy of librarianship is defined by taking an active role in reviewing existing practices and adopting change with community input and in advisement of best practices and professional literature.