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Mission, Vision, Goals – 2015-2017


Gutman Library staff work collaboratively with the University community to ensure that students successfully achieve institutional learning outcomes. The Library develops, preserves, organizes, and makes accessible a variety of relevant physical and digital information resources which support the University’s curricular, co-curricular, and research goals.


Blend an outstanding physical and virtual presence, so that the library is valued as the premier academic information resource of the University.



Maintain a standard of performance based on the ethical and professional requirements of our profession. Continually strive to improve our skills and expand our learning.

University Commitment

Support the mission and goals of the University with participation and professionalism.

Societal Commitment

Advance the professional values of intellectual freedom, intellectual property rights and values, user privacy and confidentiality, collaboration, and user-centered service.


Listen to the needs and preferences of our user community. Respond with high quality customer service that is appropriate and respectful of all users: students, faculty, staff, and administration. Provide library services in an environment that is mindful of the comfort level and dignity of our users.

Importance of Technology

Be proactive in the use and application of technology. Be willing to take risks in trying new information resources, technology strategies and solutions.


Goal 1. Develop and maintain systems, technologies, collections, and resources which enable Philadelphia University community members to independently and easily locate and access information of sufficient quality, depth, and currency to support of their teaching and research needs.

Goal 2. Create an information environment with a combination of services and resources that encourages regular and frequent use of library resources by the Philadelphia University community.

Goal 3. Renew and  transform the library’s physical environment to implement a Learning Commons  to enhance the Library’s role as a campus intellectual center supporting research, study, and learning.

Goal 4. Work closely with faculty to promote and expand librarian involvement in instruction and information literacy consultation in support of  academic programming and student learning outcomes.

Goal 5. Focus on departmental staffing issues and challenges, including the need for staff advancement opportunities,  levels and allocation of responsibilities based on staff skills cross-training, and effective allocation of responsibilities, and  increased professional development, to address the continuously shifting landscape of library and Special Collections technologies, functions, resources, and services, 

Goal 6: Expand the scope of work of both the Arlen Specter and Design Centers through programming and outreach to internal and external communities. Broaden faculty and student engagement with the resources associated with both Centers, as well as the library’s Special Collections overall.

Library Strategic Plan

  • For questions/comments, contact the Library Director, Karen Albert, at albertk@philau.edu

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