Why the UA Libraries - The Libraries

Why the UA Libraries - The Libraries

photo of the Main, Science-Engineering, Fine Arts, Arizona Health Sciences, and Special Collections libraries

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.

Our current landscape and looking to the future

The University of Arizona Libraries, the Arizona Health Sciences Library and the University of Arizona Press are currently engaged in 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. Our Annual Report for 2012-2013 also describes many of our recent initiatives.

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, and Fine Arts Library. The Arizona Health Sciences Library and University of Arizona Press report to the Dean of the Libraries.

The Arizona Health Sciences Library is is the largest, most comprehensive health sciences library in Arizona, providing electronic access to biomedical literature, participating as instructors in the curriculum, working with researchers and clinicians on projects to improve access to essential information, and providing comfortable space for small group collaborations and quiet study. AHSL is active statewide, working with health professionals and public libraries, health departments, and community groups to improve access to health information. The Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/National Library of Medicine and is the designated resource library for Arizona. AHSL is a founding member of the Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN), a consortium making high-quality online resources available to health organizations across the state.

The award-winning University of Arizona Press publishes scholarly and general interest books that reflect the special strengths of the University of Arizona, including anthropology, Indigenous studies, Latino Studies, Latin American and Borderlands studies, environmental studies, and astronomy. The Press is a separate entity housed at the Main Library, with personnel and accounting supported through the Libraries. We look forward to leveraging the Press/Libraries relationship through future scholarly communication initiatives.

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. See our Awards and Honors.

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: February 3, 2015