Mission Statement

Middlebury College Mission 

At Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The College's Vermont location offers an inspirational setting for learning and reflection, reinforcing our commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. Yet the College also reaches far beyond the Green Mountains, offering a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs that connect our community to other places, countries, and cultures. We strive to engage students' capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought within a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, and to cultivate the intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community. Through the pursuit of knowledge unconstrained by national or disciplinary boundaries, students who come to Middlebury learn to engage the world.

Library Mission and Vision

We strive to be a center of intellectual and scholarly activity that advances teaching, learning, research, and innovation at Middlebury.

We connect our community to the universe of information; steward our unique and rare resources for the needs of current and future generations; design compelling spaces for collaboration, creation, and contemplation; and foster intellectual community, critical inquiry, and transformative scholarship and teaching; all in the service of instilling in our students a life-long passion for personal growth and learning.

Library Strategic Directions

  1. Sustain access to collections that delight our current and future scholars
  2. Provide spaces that inspire excellence in teaching, study, research and the production of knowledge
  3. Develop and deliver educational programming to support student and faculty development
  4. Support the development of expert staff that are critical to our on-going and new initiatives
  5. Build connections to the broader higher education community

Library Values

  1. We seek out innovations and ideas that improve Middlebury and our community. We embrace learning and growing as individuals and as an organization, striving to be agile and bold in our efforts, encouraging experimentation and informed risk taking, while learning from our experiences.
  2. We achieve our mission, vision, and goals through individual accountability, teamwork, professional collaboration,  and regular assessment.
  3. We seek to know and understand our community and our co-workers. We believe that productive debate and the discussion of difference strengthen our work together.
  4. We make decisions openly whenever possible and involve stakeholders in the process.

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