My last post detailed the new mission and vision of the McGraw-Page Library. This month’s post will explore the values and priorities that the Library uses to guide its decisions. Much of what is mentioned below is fairly self-explanatory, but if anyone would like to engage in a conversation about why the Library considers these values to be worth explicitly stating, I would love to hear from you.
The McGraw-Page Library is committed to:
- Liberal arts teaching, research, and scholarship
- Ease of access
- Life-long learning
- Preservation of knowledge
- Continual improvement of collections
- Intellectual and academic freedom
- Collaboration with the campus community
- Mutual respect and civility
- Responsible stewardship
- Randolph-Macon College Students
- Current & Emeriti Faculty
- Staff & Administrators
- Community Members
We felt it was beneficial to state these priorities in our strategic plan because we do weight the needs of these groups differently when we make decisions. Ideally, we would love to support all of these groups equally, but because both space and budgets are tight, choices sometimes need to be made. This list helps to guide those choices, especially when they are difficult.