This week we welcomed hundreds of students back into our beautiful Henry Madden Library building. The buzz and excitement of so many new students becoming acquainted with the resources of the library is a thrill each year, but this year especially. While we are taking care to put the safety and well-being of our campus community first, we can’t help but be encouraged by the potential of new ideas in the air. Looking toward the future is top of mind for us this fall. We recently completed the initial draft of our library’s first strategic plan, creating a five-year vision for our people, our resources, and how we support the bold work of our diverse community, and we can’t wait to share it with you all.
As President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval recently said at our Faculty and Staff Retreat:
“The Henry Madden Library is where knowledge, technology, ideas, belonging and becoming converge.”
We take that very seriously in the Henry Madden Library. Our resources, whether accessed virtually or in the building, are more than just facts and figures. Our spaces are more than just stacks of books. A library is the foundation of an education of mind and heart. Students and faculty alike can learn more than just their subject matter in the library. . . they can discover who they are and who they can become here.
I hope you’ll continue to join us on the journey this year!
Dean of Library Services