A message from the dean
Lori Goetsch, Dean, K-State Libraries
The K-State Libraries are the educational, cultural and social center of the university community, serving nearly 10,000 visitors daily. We evolve along with the emergence of new technologies, new areas of research and new directions for the communities we serve. To meet our goal of guiding our community in its quest for intellectual discovery and lifelong learning, we are determined to accomplish the following:
We will be the libraries of K-State’s future
The K-State Libraries strive to be research libraries worthy of and required by a top land-grant university. We embrace the changing nature of library information, resources and services. We establish a strong connection to and presence in our community by being present for them in the physical and virtual spaces they prefer. In order to meet the needs of our users for teaching and research support, we continue to offer new services while ensuring the enduring utility of our extensive and often unique print collections. Financial contributions support all these models of service delivery and help build robust collections in all formats.
We will enhance our community’s ability to grow and succeed
While Hale Library is the central hub of activity at K-State, all of K-State’s libraries provide space for people to learn, collaborate with one another and connect with information. Our collections impact every discipline at K-State and our staff maintains partnerships across campus for interdisciplinary programs and university engagement initiatives. We also serve as a cultural center, offering programs, concerts, films and other activities that engage the community on campus and beyond. Philanthropic support helps us offer modern and well-kept study spaces, scholarships to conduct research in the libraries’ special collections, and cultural programming.
We will attract and develop well-rounded, highly skilled personnel
K-State is expanding beyond the borders of the campus and the state to reach out to the world, and the K-State Libraries play an important role in this effort. A critical component to our success is recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of talented, creative and versatile library faculty and staff to help us advance our national and international profile. With private support we can offer endowed positions, professional development opportunities and advanced training for library faculty and staff.