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Gateway Library Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

Gateway Community College Library supports the mission of the college by making available a wide variety of information resources relevant to curriculum support and personal enrichment. We respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological and cultural needs of a diverse population, including community members and those with special needs.

In a learning-centered environment, we enable users to identify information needs, find resources to meet those needs, evaluate the information retrieved, and use it responsibly. The library provides a safe and welcoming environment where all users are encouraged to become independent and life long learners.

Library Vision Statement

Gateway Community College Library supports the college mission as a vital partner in the educational process.  We provide information in traditional, current and emerging formats.  Experienced, professionally trained library staff members collect, organize and provide relevant and diverse resources to users with a wide spectrum of backgrounds, abilities and interests.

We emphasize ease of information access and employ the latest in technology to assist on ground and online users.  As critical thinking specialists we design instruction to elicit information literacy outcomes.  We expect students to determine the extent of information that is needed, access information effectively and efficiently, evaluate information, use information to accomplish a specific purpose and use information in an ethical manner. [1]

Customer service is a strong priority.  We stress the importance of library as place and work to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which each user is treated with dignity.  We collaborate with colleagues at Gateway Community College, within the Connecticut Community College system and in the larger civic and intellectual community.

We commit to continued growth in all aspects of librarianship, to ethical conduct in all we undertake and to principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights. [2]

1. American Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries: Information Literacy Competency Standards
for Higher Education

2. American Library Association:   Library Bill of Rights


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