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Message from the Dean: Reflecting on Foundations

eNews Edition: Summer 2013

Dean Mark StoverAs part of the Oviatt Library’s strategic planning process over the past two years, I worked with the leadership team and solicited input from every department in the Library  to create a revised list of core values, along with a new mission and vision statement. With a brand new Learning Commons set to open in the Fall of 2013, we hope that these values will be reflected not only in the updated design of the building, but also will  be clearly evident in the myriad of services – old and new – that the Library provides to our campus and community every day.

The core values of the CSUN Oviatt Library are excellence, responsiveness, communication, diversity, innovation, and collaboration.

We value excellence because it is our deepest desire to support teaching and learning for our faculty and students, to provide efficient access to scholarly information, and to deliver effective instruction with the goal of information competence.

Responsiveness is another core value, because we want to offer prompt and respectful service to our user community, as well as provide a comfortable library environment.

Another quality that we value in the Oviatt Library is communication.  It is crucial that we as a library staff and faculty ensure a positive and transparent message in all of our interactions.

Diversity is extremely important to us.  We strongly support an appreciation for creativity and the rich varieties of human experience, including language, culture and identity.

Innovation is another core value for the Library.  We believe that it is a vital part of our mission to adopt technology in order to achieve effective delivery of services and access to information resources.

Finally, we hold in high regard the value of collaboration.  It is critical that we partner with others across campus and beyond to support research, teaching and learning.

In the months ahead, walls may come down, furnishings might change, paths of egress may be altered, and come this fall you will surely notice that the flow of both coffee and electricity have increased. As we continue with this current transformation, however, and well into the foreseeable future, we are confident that the  core values listed above will serve to form a more than solid foundation for all that we continue to do here in the Oviatt Library to help make all of CSUN shine.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Mark Stover, Ph.D.
Dean, Oviatt Library