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Mission. Vision. Values & Beliefs

Our Mission

       The Howard University Libraries is a forward-looking organization, dedicated to providing the highest standards in service and resources that support the University mission for excellence in learning, scholarship and service. In a society increasingly dependent on information technology and life-long learning, we are committed to fostering information empowerment for academic and professional success, with a distinct commitment to preparing people of color and the economically disadvantaged for leadership and service to our nation and the global community.

Our Vision

       Working together, we aspire to be a premier research library and information center, recognized by its customers within the University and throughout the world as a leader in scholarship support and champion for quality and equity.

Our Goals 

  1. Access to Information:
    Provide prompt, seamless, reliable and flexible access to high quality information to meet the patron's educational, research and service needs
  2. Information Empowerment:
    Provide information consultation services and educational opportunities to further the student's information skills as foundations for life-long learning
  3. Appropriate Environment:
    Provide physical spaces appropriate for the presentation and exchange of knowledge and ideas
  4. Effective Organization:
    Enhance organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and promote sustained financial growth

Values & Beliefs 

  • We are committed to excellence in library and information service--courteous, timely, accurate and effective service to every customer.
  • We value an organizational culture based on trust, openness, integrity and respect, which enhances personal worth, appreciates diversity, and promotes intrinsic work motivation, creativity, and futuristic thinking.
  • We value an organization that promotes communication and networking, individual responsibility and accountability, training and development, and meaningful recognition and rewards.
  • We value enlightened leadership at all levels.
  • We believe in the importance of knowledge, continual learning and improvement, to better serve and shape our future.
  • We believe in working together, sharing information, technology and other resources, where cooperative problem-solving is the rule.
  • We value the success of the team as one’s own.

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