University of Southern California
The Essential Library, USC Libraries' Strategic Plan 2011-2013
A Detail from Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte,1809








A Detail from Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte,1809
B Map of Hacienda Buenavista del Coxo, 1823
C Odyssey, 2009
D Map of China, 1794
E Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong,1937
F French board game Le Monde à Vol d'Oiseau, 1895

Vision, Mission, Values

Vision

The USC Libraries will be an innovative, inspiring, and integral partner in the scholarly achievements of USC faculty, students, and staff. In so doing, we actively contribute to the development of knowledge and the advancement of society.

We will build:

  • a dynamic intellectual and physical environment that will attract and retain top-tier students, faculty, and staff and encourage the creativity necessary to support the global ambitions of USC;
  • vital partnerships, through which we will develop interdisciplinary collections that support faculty teaching and research, student learning, and the cultivation of critical-thinking abilities;
  • an agile, progressive culture of ubiquitous service that connects our users with relevant information;
  • an appreciation of the value of past knowledge, in all its forms, and its role in informing the scholarship of the future.
     

Mission

The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. Through these means, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California.
 

Values

SERVICE EXCELLENCE
We value reliability, responsiveness, and an active anticipation of users' needs. Through the evaluation and thoughtful application of best practices, we improve services to enable the success of our users.

INTEGRITY
Through respect, professionalism, and accountability, we earn and maintain the trust of USC faculty, students, staff, and administration, as well as that of our colleagues within the USC Libraries.

SCHOLARLY INQUIRY
We encourage vigorous intellectual investigation and value the results. We support the process of discovery and foster professional development and curiosity.

INNOVATION
We define innovation by its capacity to solve problems and support useful new services and collections. We encourage informed risktaking and recognize the advantages of evolving technology, while respecting the collections and technologies of the past.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
We communicate openly and directly so that faculty, students, and staff have the information they need to excel; so that our community can make the best possible use of library resources and services; and so that our contributions to USC's strategic goals are apparent to all.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We embrace our roles as guardians of and guides to the universe of knowledge. We advocate for academic freedom and diversity, and we bring our unique expertise to bear on relevant issues.

LIBRARY AS PLACE
We create welcoming environments that encourage individual study, collaboration, and the social aspects of learning. We inspire engagement with our collections, services, and spaces through public programming, exhibitions, and other methods of involving our community.