Statement of Philosophy
The purpose of a two-year college library is to support the educational objectives of the institution of which it is a part and to meet informational needs of the student population, faculty, and to a lesser degree, the community. The library is concerned with instruction in the use of libraries, books, the encouragement of reading, and discrimination in choice of materials.
A two-year college library should be guided by a library services committee, drawn from faculty, administrators, students, and community members, which is interested in the development of a library environment conducive to free intellectual growth of the students, faculty and community patrons and which forms the policies to be followed by the library director.
A two-year college library should subscribe to the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Right to Privacy Statement, as approved by the American Library Association.
Highland Community College Library supports the instructional objectives of the institution of which it is a part and responds to the informational needs of the students, faculty, community, and the curriculum. The Library is concerned with its patrons' lifelong use of information and library services. The Library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Right to Privacy Statement, as approved by the American Library Association.
The objectives of Highland Community College Library are to provide print and audio-visual resources; to provide electronic access systems to materials and to local, national, and international information; to provide a physical facility in which to pursue research basic to the instructional program; to provide a selected collection of affordable materials and services for general use; to provide and maintain a set of policies and procedures to give efficient access to its collections and services; and to provide a depository for college and some local archival materials.
The Library is guided by a Library Director who follows and evaluates all policies and procedures designed to serve patrons. The Library Director participates in curriculum development as a member of the Curriculum and Instructional Committee, serves on the Library Services Committee, oversees a staff committed to good library service, attends state library workshops and professional conferences, and prepares and maintains an annual library budget. The Library Services Committee, composed of representatives from the administration, faculty, community, and students, reviews all policies and is the liaison between the Library and its patrons. The Library fulfills its specific mission by:
- Selecting, acquiring, and preserving appropriate resources.
- Cataloging, organizing, and making these resources available.
- Instructing patrons on the use of library materials and services.
- Providing access to collections and information located elsewhere.
- Cooperating with other libraries through interlibrary loan activities.
- Providing a physical environment conducive to learning and the pursuit of personal interests.
Library Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Library follows the nondiscrimination policy as adopted by the Highland Community College Board of Trustees.