Academic Responsibilities

  1. Retain the "teachable moment" in every service we provide.
    The "teachable moment" describes encounters with students that incorporate the philosophy and framework of information literacy in department goals and creates a community of learners.
  2. Promote information competence as a major theme of our outreach and collaborative activities.
    Information competence is a set of abilities related to recognizing when information is needed and being able to locate, evaluate and use effectively needed information. It is that set of abilities that prepares people for lifelong learning in an information society.
  3. Retain the librarian liaison role to academic departments, their faculty and students.
    Librarian liaisons maintain close working relationships with faculty in assigned disciplines and provide specialized reference, instruction, and collection management.
  4. Collaborate with University colleagues in teaching and other projects.
    Work in partnership with University faculty, staff, and students on projects related to teaching, learning, and University governance.
  5. Promote the employment of student assistants as library resource and the library as a resource for student assistants
    The Library serves as a resource for students by providing employment opportunities. By employing student assistants, the Library is enhancing their academic and personal growth. In return, student assistant employees are improving library service by representing a link to the student body at large.
  6. Retain the academic curriculum as a major influence upon the nature of services.
    The curriculum of the University is the educational content of all courses leading to degrees. The mission of the library is to provide information services in support of the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University.
  7. Design library services that meet the University mission and in particular curricular needs.
    Certain services, such as interlibrary loan, access to databases of scholarly journals, and reserve services are essential to meet curricular needs.
  8. Retain a commitment to preservation.
    Preservation includes conserving materials essential for the support of the curriculum including a commitment to protection from theft, loss, and mutilation, a commitment to preserving collections through appropriate and non-damaging storage, restoration or replacement of key materials and an emergency plan for recovery from major disasters.
  9. Commit to appropriate depth in cataloging and authority work.
    The SJSU Library employs descriptive and subject cataloging standards commonly employed by libraries with University level research collections. The SJSU Library follows national standards in creating original cataloging records that includes applying the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition and the OCLC MARC standards and adhering to Library of Congress practices
  10. Ensure that values of academic freedom and freedom of information are an integral part of library services.
    Academic freedom means that teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of results. The American Library Association defines Intellectual Freedom as the right of every individual to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Freedom of information means that the University should not restrict or limit the availability of even the most controversial library materials.
  11. Retain CSU partnerships.
    The Library exists within a network of relationships extending beyond the institution that include the other 22 California State University (CSU) campuses and the CSU system. Through the CSU System the Library collaborates in strategic planning and programs related to collection management, information competence, information technology as well as other areas.
  12. Emphasize access to and delivery of research materials.
    Research materials are scholarly materials including monographs prepared by experts in their disciplines, peer reviewed journals and other information materials, and primary source materials.
  13. Foster collegiality in governance structures.
    Collegiality is understood to mean collaboration and constructive cooperation between colleagues. Collegiality in governance structures concerns interdependencies among governing boards, administration, faculty, staff, students and others. The collegial relationship calls for adequate communication among these components, and the full opportunity for appropriate joint planning and effort.
  14. Respect & support library faculty and staff privileges.
    Library faculty and staff privileges are defined in CSU system-wide collective bargaining agreements.
  15. Respect and support professional and scholarly endeavors of faculty and staff.
    The ALA Code of Ethics notes that libraries strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing staff knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession. In an academic environment, library faculty are also expected to actively contribute to the growth of knowledge in the profession.