Strategic Plans

The six goals articulated in this report are intended to reflect the unique mission of the Library that serves the students, faculty and staff of a comprehensive university and an 1890 Land Grant institution within and beyond the boundaries of the campus.  The Library supports the institutions baccalaureate, masters and doctoral level programs. These plans were formulated with input from the Strategic Planning Committee, Library faculty and staff.

The six goals articulated in this report are intended to reflect the unique mission of the  TSU  Librar ies and Media Centers, which serve  the students, faculty and staff of a comprehensive university and an 1890 Land Grant institution within and beyond the boundaries of the campus.   The Libraries and Media Centers support  the institutions baccalaureate, masters and doctoral level programs.   


The mission of the Tennessee State University Libraries and Media Services is to promote scholarly inquiry and research, along with lifelong-learning and commitment to service.  By providing access to excellent scholarly resources that support the institution’s curriculum, the Libraries and Media Centers seek to provide students with the necessary skills and strategies for a successful educational experience.  


The TSU Libraries will strive to be a preeminent university library known for the depth and breadth of its collection and quality service to the users. The Libraries will be the gateway to scholarly information, research and instruction  by working in partnership with  all members of the  University  community.        


As the faculty and staff of the Tennessee State University Libraries, we will be guided by the following values in providing library resources and services to the Tennessee State University and the community at large:   

  • Service-  W e provide quality service to our users  through  access to relevant and well-organized collections; excellent bibliographic instruction; and professional conduct   

  • Respect W e treat our users with respect at all times .   W will strive to be  fair to our co-workers and colleagues and build an environment of teamwork and comradery  

  • Collaboration-  W e collaborate with our colleagues across departments and seek partnerships with faculty in teaching and learning  

  • Diversity-  We recognize and respect diversity in the Library users and staff  

  • Communication - We encourage communication by exchange of information and open and frank discussions  

  • Authority and Accountability - We believe in affording the staff the opportunity to make decisions concerning their daily work tasks and at the same time expect them to adhere to the Library and University policies ,  practices and  procedures.  

  • Ethics-  We accept the principles of the American Library Association Code of Ethics  ( during our daily work, in interactions with our users and colleagues ; we  comply with all laws that cover copyright, licensing and user record issues  

  • Professional Growth-  We aim for excellence in our profession and foster professional growth of our co-workers  


The six goals articulated in this report are intended to reflect t he unique mission of the Libraries and Media Centers  that serves the students, faculty and staff of a comprehensive university and an 1890 Land Grant institution within and beyond the bounda ries of the campus.  The Libraries and Media Centers support  the institutions baccalaureate, masters and doctoral level programs.       

Goal I  --  To support  the Academic Programs    

  • To develop, maintain and promote collections of resources in all types of formats to meet the changing information needs of the users and to support the learning, teaching and research needs of students, faculty and staff.   

  • By working closely with the University Administration to provide adequate financial support for the growth of library resources, including print,  and  electronic formats  

  • By obtaining federal funds to supplement the state monies to purchase library resources and services  

  • By effectively partnering with other libraries to expand information services and resources sharing  

  • To  viably  partner with faculty to develop the resources and services  for face to face  and/or online courses whenever possible and provide access to those resources and services on the Library's web site.  

  • To  facilitate  access to  resources  not own by the library   via  i nterlibrary loan  and document delivery  

  • To  expand  Library digital projects  for international access.  

Goal II --  Developing Library Technologies to support teaching, learning  and  research    

  • To provide and maintain seamless access to electronic resources  

  • By  purchasing and maintaining   an Integrated Library System with state of the art functionality   that will promote excellent user experiences.  

  • By planning for the expansion and integration of library technologies and services including the expansion of the library's research repository,  Digital  Scholarship @Tennessee  State  U niversity  

  • To continue to seek diverse funding from state  and  federal  agencies, as well as the  Technology Access Funds (TAF)  

  • To  making sure student  computer  work stations   operate properly and at capacity.    

  • To improve licensing and contractual processes via  consortium opportunities  with  other    libraries  to share licenses / contracts ; to  work with the University Administration to improve  legal  processes  in order to take  advantage of special pricing by the vendors  

  • To expand digital library services via continuing the selection and digitization of archival and rare resources  

Goal III    To   f ocus  o n the  requirements and desires  of the academic l ibrary User  

  • To anticipate and respond to our users changing needs:    

  • By recognizing the needs of  diverse student body and faculty, including multicultural students, non-traditional and part-time students, online degree program students located on campus and/or at remote sites   

  • By providing focused and personalized assistance to our users in learning new library and information technologies, including the  E mbedded Librarian Program  and providing availability of librarians for research appointments  

  • By providing adequate hours of service during the regular semesters and  during midterms and finals.  

  • By continuous improvement in providing information resources in all formats so that the users have fast and easy access to in-house and remote electronic resources and other library services   

  • By participating with the federal, state and local agencies and consortia in meeting the needs of the larger community, including the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).  

  • By encouraging the use of online Ask  Us  reference service  which allows  librarians  to  communicate with the users via e-mail or chat mode   

  • By providing availability of librarians for research appointments  

  • By  providing a Learning Commons   with Apple computers and software for student collaborative projects  

  • By providing a Makerspace to introduce students to the latest advancements in 3D and other media technologies.    

  •  To cultivate user self-sufficiency  

  • By  providing  an online Information Literacy course.  

  • By creating  online Research Guides  in  the subject fields of academic majors and that   support   user access  to resources  at single point of entry .  

  • By  providing a discovery  layer over the online catalog  that generates research starters, direct links to full text articles, reference ebooks, government documents and  more.  

  • By delivering quality user-oriented services that respond to the changin g needs of the Libraries'  diverse user s .  

Goal IV --  Securing financial support for  resources  

  • To ensure an adequate budget to maintain quality library resources and services, library technology, including software and hardware, and a strong program of collection development that includes all formats  

  • To provide for the continued renovation of the Main Campus and Avon Williams Campus Libraries and Media Centers,  including the  replacement of furniture, equipment, carpeting and lighting   

  • To actively solicit grant funds to support the Library's digital projects and technological needs  

Goal V  --  Developing an excellent staff to provide quality library services    

  • To provide professional development through increased participation in conferences and professional organizations  

  • To provide appropriate opportunities, including workshops, conferences and courses for advancement in rank and pay  

  • To create an environment that fosters collaboration and communication among staff at all levels, and provide opportunities for ownership, empowerment and accountability  

  • To recognize accomplishments via verbal and written formats  

Goal VI --  Remembering  o ur  m ission and  g oals by recognizing the importance of the 1890 Land-Grant heritage and the responsibilities of a comprehensive urban university library not only as a depository for research ,  but also as a facility to educate and inspire students in understanding the historic and current role of Tennessee State University    

  • To provide urgently needed space for and preservation of the historical resources of Tennessee State University, Nashville and Black history in Tennessee   

  • To increase the interpretive role of Special Collections through exhibits, greater participation in campus events, special publications, including the digital collections and sponsored lectures   

  • To  maximize access to  electronic technology,  such  the institutional repository, for open access to the University’s archival information.  

  • To participate in the University's Service  L earning Program and contribute to the  e ngaged  u niversity process .  

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