Jefferson College Library follows local, state, and federal laws, Board and Administrative College Policies and Procedures. Our work is guided by the Mission and Priorities of American Library Association and the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education outlined by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Policies serve many functions: they help define values, create priorities, and establish clear expectations for equitable delivery of library services. Jefferson College Library's policies reflect the Mission, Vision, and Values of Jefferson College, the Mission of the Library, and established laws, regulations, and professional best practices for libraries, including academic, public service, and Federal Depository libraries.
Jefferson College Library recognizes that educated citizens who have free and open access to information are vital to the continued health of our democracy. We support the American Library Association’s commitment to libraries that “enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” We embrace our role in promoting ALA's priorities of Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy.
Jefferson College Library is committed to providing materials, services, and spaces that are necessary for Jefferson College to fulfill its mission of delivering quality learning opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their goals.
Along with the College, we strive to inspire our community to explore, develop, and engage in innovative learning experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment.
In alliance with the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, we embrace intellectual freedom; we strive to protect privacy; and, we work promote and assist with the development of lifelong learning mindsets and 21st Century literacy skills.
We support Jefferson College and its role in providing an environment dedicated to education, civic engagement, economic opportunities and lifelong learning. We value success, accessibility, integrity, learning, and service, and we work with the broader campus community to promote these values through our collections, services, spaces, programming, and practices.
To accomplish our mission Jefferson College Library Staff will strive to:
In order to provide equitable library services for our diverse community, we expect all library visitors to exercise appropriate decorum while using library facilities, materials, and services.
In addition to obeying all local, state, and federal laws, library visitors are expected to follow Jefferson College campus policies, and engage in behaviors that allow the library to function as a place dedicated to thought, learning,intellectual growth and personal enrichment. Some important guidelines are listed below. Ask library staff if further clarification is needed.