The Library will continue to provide information, education, and services in response to the university's teaching, research, and outreach programs. Electronic and other non-print formats will be assimilated continually so as to complement the collection of books, periodicals, and other physical formats. Library services and resources available at MSU Library will shift from one based on resident collections to one based on access to more diverse and greatly expanded world of electronic information. Given the vast amount of information available in electronic formats, individual libraries will no longer be self-sufficient. This will necessitate the increased sharing of resources among institutions through alliances of electronic networks and databases, which in turn will further broaden the resource base.
Staff will be the key to the success of the library, serving as highly trained information experts who provide the vital links between information and clientele. Teaching information-literacy skills and concepts, procuring, licensing, and organizing information and client services will be staff priorities. Also a priority will be research in appropriate professional areas, on constantly evolving information technology, and on the best ways to provide services, education, and information resources to clients.
The Library will also develop greater involvement in the life of the university by fostering a higher profile, by strengthening relationships with departments, individual faculty, administration, and other staff, and by working with faculty and students on collection development and the planning of services and facilities.
Our vision is of a library staff working in partnership with the academic community in a creative, open environment, where the focus is on meeting information needs of the MSU community and state.