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- We are an inclusive community. We value diversity of thought and experience among those we serve, within the library faculty and staff, and in our resources.
- We provide resources, programs, and spaces. We value connecting individuals, ideas, and areas of study.
- We cultivate research, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. We value the “eureka moment” in which information transforms into knowledge.
- We are dedicated to service. We value using our expertise to provide responsive, innovative, timely, and individualized service.
- We build meaningful relationships. We value the authentic relationships we have with each other, with members of the Furman community, and beyond.
- We foster a culture of encouragement, enrichment, creativity, and fun!
We provide exceptional services, resources, and spaces to anticipate and respond to the evolving curricular needs and strategic directions of the Furman community.
We are a catalyst for creative exploration and transformative knowledge.
The Libraries recently conducted a self-study and, in alignment with The Furman Advantage, hosted a team of external reviewers in early 2019. This work not only reinforced the value that the Libraries bring to campus, but also recommended the following strategic priorities:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Libraries engage in many diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) projects, but these efforts require more strategic focus. The Libraries must develop a diversity strategic plan to position themselves as a campus leader for advancing Furman's DEI aspirations.
- Digital Scholarship
There is growing interest among the faculty and administration for centralized support of digital scholarship projects. The Libraries have the potential to draw upon their expertise and collaborative spirit to serve as an essential component in a campus digital scholarship program.
- Physical Space/Reframe Duke Library as an Academic Commons
Evolving needs of the University and the Libraries are impacting the physical spaces within the Duke, Maxwell Music, and Sanders Science Libraries. The Libraries are poised to spearhead the creation of a strategic space plan to address current and future needs. This includes guiding campus conversations about re-envisioning the Duke Library as an academic commons to leverage collaborations and common goals in support of student success.