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Dean of University Libraries
Ball State University 
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-5277 Office
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The University Librariesí Value-Added Proposition

Ball Stateís University Libraries consist of the Alexander M. Bracken Library and its branch libraries of Architecture and Science-Health-Science. The University Libraries are staffed by 36 professional librarians and 76 paraprofessionals. These personnel combine their efforts to provide members of the Ball State University community with a range of sophisticated library and information services.

The University Libraries are Ball State Universityís intellectual commons both physically and virtually. Their mission spans four objectives:

  1. To support the Universityís mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service through the University Librariesí collections of rich informational materials and the services of its highly trained personnel.
  2. To provide an intellectual environment that creates the opportunity for any customer to explore the University Librariesí collection of local and globally accessible recorded knowledge to satisfy his or her own needs.
  3. To provide a range of proactive library and information services to support student pursuits for academic success and faculty endeavors for knowledge creation and classroom instruction.
  4. To provide physical facilities in a functional arrangement that is conducive to an individualís research and learning.

The University Libraries daily engage in a variety of unique responsibilities that underline their role as an integral part of the Studentís Success Plan and the Librariesí fundamental support for faculty endeavors for knowledge creation and classroom instruction. Specific value-added library and information services that impact students and faculty are the following, among others:

  1. Continuous transformation of the University Librariesí to an environment of digital collections, digital services, and digital initiatives that exceed customer expectation.
  2. Forward-looking programs and customer-focused services that support and underpin the Universityís mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service.
  3. Instructional programs and information services in information literacy and technology fluency with an emphasis on the integration of emerging technologies for the remote delivery of information.
  4. Selection, organization, and preservation of integrated collections of books and journals creatively managed, accessed, and delivered in an expanding rich environment of global electronic resources.
  5. Content aggregation and access management of student produced digital academic resources to increase the availability and richness of student research and work-product that features and encourages the use of multimedia and hypermedia technologies.

Arthur W Hafner, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Dean of University Libraries
Muncie, IN 47306

March 27, 2003

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