Library Staff Commitments to Library Users


January 2005

The staff of the Shelton State Libraries works to sustain an academic and collegiate library environment while nurturing and supporting undergraduate and vocational/technical instruction.  The library staff strives to be service-centered, adding value to information sources through library services.

The staff of the Shelton State Libraries will treat all library users respectfully and professionally.

The staff of the Shelton State Libraries is committed to making the library a quiet place for study and research on campus for all library users.

These values will be evident in library practice and in priorities for library services:

  • Democracy in libraries: the promotion of social equality
  • Stewardship in libraries: the preservation of the human record
  • Service in libraries: the sum of all efforts to make things usable
  • Intellectual freedom in libraries: the right of all individuals to think, say, write, learn, and proclaim ideas and beliefs
  • Privacy in libraries: the right of uncensored and unrestricted access to resources
  • Literacy and learning in libraries: the promotion of lifelong habits of reading and learning
  • Equity of access in libraries: the removal or minimizing of barriers to library use for all library users

The staff of the Shelton State Libraries is committed to these “Laws of Library Science,” with the broadest interpretation of  book  as resource and  reader  as user:

  • Books are for use:  Library resources don’t belong on the shelves but in use, with no unnecessary barriers on the use of information resources.
  • Every reader his/her book :  Every library user is unique and libraries should attempt to meet unique needs within their missions.
  • Every book its reader:  Libraries must provide a range of resources to meet a wide range of user needs.
  • Save the time of the reader:  Libraries should be easy to use.
  • Libraries are living organisms:  Libraries must constantly change to meet users’ needs.

These commitments are reflected in “Mission and Vision,” adopted by the staff of the Shelton State Libraries on August 19, 2004, which charts the library’s course for the Twenty-First Century. 


Updated 07/22/2013.