Why the UA Libraries - The Libraries

Why the UA Libraries - The Libraries

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We embrace creativity, risk-taking, and collaboration. We foster a culture of innovation.

Diversity is one of our core principles, and we strongly value our diverse workforce. We are service oriented, and value continuous learning, integrity, and flexibility.

View our mission, vision, and strategic plan and learn about Our Values.

Our current landscape and looking to the future

The University of Arizona Libraries, the Arizona Health Sciences Library and the University of Arizona Press recently completed a collaborative strategic planning process to chart our course into the future.

Our Strategic Plan 2015-2018 outlines our goals and initiatives as part of the University's Never Settle plan.

An overview of statistics related to our holdings, facilities, equipment, online visits and more can be viewed in our Statistical Snapshot.

Recent initiatives

Our innovative approach to supporting the educational, research, and community missions of the university have brought us national recognition. Below are some highlights of such recent initiatives.

We support student engagement, learning and success through such innovations as:

  • Embedded, customized resources in the University's course management systems
  • Guide on the Side tutorials that engage learners by allowing them to actively apply their learning
  • E-textbook pilot programs and other programatic support for required course materials
  • Collaboration with other campus units to encourage development and use of open educational resources
  • Financial support for open access publishing by University of Arizona researchers and scholars
  • Library research awards for students utilizing library resources

We support research and innovation through such initiatives as:

  • The a UA Campus Repository service
  • On-demand information delivery
  • Consortial agreements to expand resource availability and decrease costs
  • Digital preservation of unique materials
  • Leading the implementation of a University system to organize faculty scholarship, provide networking, collaboration, and dissemination opportunities and support the annual evaluation of faculty
  • Data management leadership on campus
  • Unique acquisitions such as the congressional collection of Gabrielle Giffords and a notable collection from the UA Lunar and Planetary Science Department
  • Collaboration with Kabul University to provide access to the largest Afghan digital collection of its kind
  • implementation of a database to organize faculty scholarship, providing networking, collaboration, and dissemination opportunities

Community engagement/partnering

We engage with our community and partner to enhance the lives of citizens of Arizona and the world and to create economic impact with such efforts as:

  • Collaboration with Tech Launch Arizona to form a Business Intelligence Unit to help researchers and faculty members make smart, well-informed plans for start-up companies
  • Providing local and unique digital collections related to the state and Borderlands
  • Hosting a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and events
  • Hosting and helping publish 12 university peer-reviewed journals

Collaborative organizational structure

Our organization chart outlines our structure, including the eight departments in the University Libraries and our shared governance groups.

The University Libraries include the Main LibrarySpecial CollectionsScience-Engineering Library, Fine Arts Library, and Arizona Health Sciences Library. The University of Arizona Press reports to the Dean of the Libraries.

The Law Library operates separately, but we share a library catalog and funding of some resources; we seek out other opportunities to collaborate with one another.

We are a culture of collaboration both internally and externally and are members of multiple consortia. See our consortial memberships.

Exceptional people

We are a large, forward-thinking organization dedicated to providing excellent services and resources to our varied constituencies. Our facilities are located across five sites on the main and health sciences campuses of the University of Arizona. We also serve UA South and our distance students, faculty and researchers.

Our library staff are friendly, talented, and creative people. They have been recognized for some incredible achievements in recent years.

Every year, library staff participate in campus initiatives to better our community, including UA Cares, Wildcat WelcomeWalk Across Arizona, and the Arizona Assurance Mentor Program. We are proud of our colleagues who volunteer their time and efforts to make our community a better place to live, work, and study.

Exceptional benefits

The University of Arizona offers an exceptional array of benefits and work/life support services, including tuition reduction, partner benefits, paid parental leave, and sick and emergency child care. Prospective employees are encouraged to review available benefits at UA Human Resources.

Last modified: June 12, 2017