The 2011 Standards are grounded in nine Principles, which reflect the core roles and contributions of libraries and were distilled from relevant higher education, accreditation, and professional documents. A list of the sources consulted which influenced the development of the Principles can be found in Appendix 3 of the draft 2011 Standards.
Institutional Effectiveness: Libraries define, develop, and measure outcomes that contribute to institutional effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement.
Professional Values: Libraries advance professional values of intellectual freedom, intellectual property rights and values, patron privacy and confidentiality, and user-centered service.
Educational Role: Libraries partner in the educational mission of the institution to develop and support information literate learners who can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning.
Discovery: Libraries enable users to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.
Collections: Libraries provide access to collections sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the institution.
Space: Libraries are the intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.
Management/Administration: Libraries engage in continuous planning and assessment to inform resource allocation and to meet their mission effectively and efficiently.
Personnel: Libraries provide sufficient number and quality of personnel to ensure excellence and to function successfully in an environment of continuous change.
External Relations: Libraries engage the campus and broader community through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate, and promote their value.
Please give us your feedback on these Principles. Are they sufficiently comprehensive? Have we overlooked a key principle or two? Do these Principles adequately reflect the core roles and contributions of your library?