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To support the academic pursuits of its students, the LAFS Library provides comprehensive resources and services for learning, teaching, and research needs, with the aim of making resources easily accessible so that students and staff can take advantage of them.


The LAFS Library plays a vital role in supporting the educational and professional development of its students, staff, and alumni by providing current and relevant books, media, and digital resources. The Library supports its patrons in locating and retrieving information from a wide range of sources and facilitating the learning resource system for the LAFS community.

Strategic Goals

  • Develop services and technologies to improve engagement with the library’s users 

  • Advance the library’s role in supporting research programs, scholarly and creative activities 

  • Analyze the library’s physical and digital space to plan for future users and collection needs

  • Continue to assess and improve library services, facilities, and personnel 


Institutional Effectiveness: Libraries define, develop, and measure outcomes that contribute to institutional effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement.

Professional Values: Libraries advance professional values of intellectual freedom, intellectual property rights and values, user privacy and confidentiality, collaboration, and user-centered service.

Educational Role: Libraries partner in the educational mission of the institution to develop and support information-literate learners who can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning.

Discovery: Libraries enable users to discover information in all formats through the effective use of technology and the organization of knowledge.

Collections: Libraries provide access to collections sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the institution.

Space: Libraries are the intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.

Management/Administration/Leadership: Library leaders engage in internal and campus decision-making to inform resource allocation to meet the library’s mission effectively and efficiently.

Personnel: Libraries provide a sufficient number and quality of personnel to ensure excellence and to function successfully in an environment of continuous change.

External Relations: Libraries engage the campus and broader community through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate, and promote their value.

Cite: “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education”, American Library Association, August 29, 2006.

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