Mission, Vision, Values & Themes
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The Barber Library & Learning Commons supports student success on all COCC campuses by: (1) providing dynamic and high-quality resources, services and student-centered learning environments; (2) leading Information Literacy efforts at COCC; and (3) offering rich educational and cultural experiences that benefit COCC and the broader community.
To achieve its mission, Barber Library & Learning Commons commits to:
- Maintain a physical place and virtual environment with a rich collection of information resources and technology tools that support student success.
- Create a lively, student-centered, and welcoming space conducive to individual or collaborative work.
- Sustain an intellectual center ensuring equitable access to quality, cost-effective resources, technology and services that students need for their success.
- Provide expertise in Information Literacy for academic, professional and personal development.
- Actively participate with the campus community both in its role as an information leader for the campus and in addressing the college’s mission and vision.
- Partner with other college entities and initiatives that support student learning.
- Partner with outside academic and educational institutions to promote and enhance access to the information world
- Foster creativity and innovation for the department and the entire college.
Guiding Values and Future Directions
To achieve this vision, we are guided by the following COCC Values and Future Directions:
Student-Focused in All We Do: The services, online and print collections, technology and web presence of Barber Library & Learning Commons are student-focused and reflect student research and curriculum needs including academic, personal or professional interests. Barber Library & Learning Commons is committed to student information literacy.
Reputation: Barber Library & Learning Commons is acknowledged for its positive reputation among students, faculty, staff and the Central Oregon community. Students, faculty, staff and community patrons recognize Barber Library & Learning Commons for its friendly, welcoming environment; current, authoritative collections and resources; accessible and user-friendly website; attention to service and commitment to instruction. Students, faculty and staff consider Barber Library & Learning Commons essential to their success.
Caliber of Faculty and Staff: Barber Library & Learning Commons faculty, administration and staff are professional, competent and committed. They are leaders on campus and in their fields.
Diversity: Barber Library & Learning Commons furthers its commitment to diversity by providing services, collections and instruction that foster awareness, acceptance and appreciation for diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideas.
Welcoming Environment: Barber Library & Learning Commons provides an atmosphere that is open, accessible, personable, collegial, social and comfortable. This environment extends to the Library’s web presence and its support services for the Redmond, Madras, and Prineville campuses.
Internal Connections: Strong communication exists between Barber Library & Learning Commons and COCC students, faculty and staff, including college committees and governing bodies. Barber Library & Learning Commons values collaboration within the COCC community and promotes campus partnerships that enhance learning. Barber Library & Learning Commons is a leader in the college community creating and fostering connections among all COCC campuses.
External Connections: Barber Library & Learning Commons creates community connections, partnering with higher education via regional consortium membership and collaboration with K-12, county, tribal and prison library systems. Barber Library & Learning Commons is a leader in local, state and regional library organizations.
Comprehensive Services: Barber Library & Learning Commons provides comprehensive services to our various constituencies: (1) For students, offering information literacy instruction, user-services, technology and online and print collections to support student success; (2) For faculty and staff, offering online/print collections, resources, and instruction to support teaching excellence and professional growth; and (3) For the external community, supporting lifelong learning. The Library’s website is a conduit for these services. The Library continues to develop additional services and online & print collections based on feedback of the college community.
Innovation: Barber Library & Learning Commons is an incubator for creativity and innovation among students, faculty and staff.
The following themes parallel COCC's institutional themes, as set out in the 2013-18 Strategic Plan.
Students will have access to a rich array of information resources and technology and will develop transferrable Information Literacy skills to help them succeed in their higher learning beyond the community college level.
Objective 1.1: Collaborate with the Writing curriculum program for the implementation and assessment of Information Literacy skills as one of the General Education requirements and outcomes for the AAOT degree.
Objective 1.2.: Participate in college success initiatives such as First Year Experience programs or New Student Orientation to support initiation of students to the higher education environment and its requirements for success.
Objective 1.3.: Advocate for the development of a fully articulated Information Literacy program that prepares and supports higher level college learning.
Objective 1.4: Build library support services and collections and provide a high-quality library experience at all COCC campuses, from entrance to transfer, to promote access to a rich environment of information resources and prepare students for the level of research work they will be engaged in after they transfer.
Objective 1.5: Continue to collaborate on the development of an information and learning commons providing an integrated, holistic learning experience for student success at the community college level and beyond.
Objective 1.6: Be an active participant in library consortium and collaborative efforts that provide students the opportunity to have a broader experience in the use of information resources, technology and services beyond the community college level.
Objective 1.7: Continue to collaborate and partner with the OSU-Cascades campus and OSU Valley Library to support COCC students dually enrolled or transferring to Oregon State University.
Objective 1.8: Partner with other campus departments to promote college-level learning and student success.
Students will have access to a rich array of information resources and technology and be equipped with Information Literacy skills necessary to meet current industry and workforce needs.
Workforce Development Objectives
Objective 2.1: Collaborate with Career and Technical Education programs (CTE) for the implementation and assessment of Information Literacy skills as part of student preparation for a technologically-advanced workplace.
Objective 2.2: Participate in college success initiatives such as First Year Experience programs and New Student Orientation to promote awareness of the library’s support in the students’ workforce training.
Objective 2.3: Maintain and strengthen library support services and collections that support the needs of the CTE curriculum.
Objective 2.4: Support CTE programs with the development of quality information resources and technology that meet and exceed accreditation standards.
Objective 2.5: Continue to collaboratively develop an information and learning commons that provides an integrated, holistic learning experience for student success in workforce development and beyond.
Students will have access to a rich array of information resources and technology, and be equipped with basic Information Literacy skills necessary to succeed at the college level and participate effectively as engaged community and family members, and employees.
Basic Skills Objectives
Objective 3.1: Address Information Literacy skills as a Basic Skills outcome and provide library support in implementation and assessment.
Objective 3.2: Collaborate with the Writing curriculum program in order to identify ways to effectively incorporate Information Literacy skills at the WR60/65 level.
Objective 3.3: Maintain and strengthen library support services and collections supporting the needs of Basic Skills/ABE curriculum.
Objective 3.4: Participate in college success initiatives and partner with other campus departments to promote basic skills learning and student success.
Objective 3.5: Continue to collaborate on the development of an information and learning commons providing an integrated, holistic learning experience for student success at all levels.
The Library will support Lifelong Learning in our community, providing services, collections and cultural opportunities for enrichment, professional and personal development and general wellness.
Lifelong Learning Objectives
Objective 4.1: Continue to collaborate on the development of an information and learning commons providing an integrated, holistic learning experience in support of lifelong learning.
Objective 4.2: Provide opportunities for enrichment and personal development including art appreciation and cultural events that expose our community to diverse viewpoints, ideas and life experiences.
Objective 4.3: Build library collections to provide a high-quality library experience and promote access to a rich environment of information resources that encourage independent learning, problem solving, personal development, enrichment and general wellness.
Objective 4.4: Partner with other campus departments to promote efforts for lifelong learning.
Objective 4.5: Build partnerships with local libraries (e.g. Deschutes Public Library) to support efforts serving the educational needs of the broader community.
The Library will contribute to student success through careful plans and investments to ensure high quality library programs, resources, services and facilities that support student learning and educational achievement.
Institutional Sustainability Objectives
Objective 5.1: Collect data, research and assess the effects of library information literacy programs, services and collections on student success.
Objective 5.2: Prioritize library capital investment in a way that supports the college curriculum and ensures institutional quality and viability.
Objective 5.3: Pursue funding options that ensure the library’s fiscal sustainability for continuous support of student success.
Objective 5.4: Be an active participant in library consortium and collaborative efforts that use sustainable models of shared resources.
Objective 5.5: Encourage partnerships with other campus departments to support cross-departmental, efficient operations for the library and the college.
Objective 5.6: Continue to collaborate on the development of an information and learning commons providing more cohesive and efficient operations that support students success.
Objective 5.7: Manage the library facility in collaboration with other departments residing in the building to ensure efficiency as well as institutional quality and viability.
Objective 5.8: Utilize and expand existing library resources, services, technology, collections and information literacy programming in a way that support branch campus operations and connections to the main campus in a cost-effective and efficient way.
Objective 5.9: Evaluate the Barber Library’s partnership with the OSU-Cascades campus and the OSU Valley Library to ensure mutually beneficial and cost-effective shared facilities, operations, services and resources.
As part of our mission, vision, and future planning process, we asked COCC students, faculty, and staff for their input on what they want and expect out of their Library. The word cloud above represents the feedback we received.