Western Kentucky University

Dean's Office - Libraries' Mission

Our Mission

The mission of WKU Libraries is to support the quest for knowledge, understanding, creativity, and innovation.

Our Vision

WKU Libraries ensures that faculty, students, and other users have access to a broad and diversified range of scholarly resources.

We will:

  • Foster innovative research and creative thinking
  • Integrate artistic and cultural resources
  • Provide expert assistance with and instruction for information resources
  • Maximize digital technologies and develop networked resources that enhance learning
  • Create an exemplary program of outreach to the University community and beyond.

Our Values

WKU Libraries is committed to:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Exemplary service with integrity and open communication
  • Diversity and respect in the work environment
  • Responsible stewardship of resources
  • Understanding and support of higher education and intellectual freedom
  • Collaboration with campus, community, and global partners


Values drafted by Library Advisory Council; approved by Library Leadership Council

Date February 18, 2013


Five Elements of a Great

After a year-long discussion based on an organization-wide process initiated by consultant Jeff Peden in August 2012, WKU Libraries faculty and staff defined 5 elements of a great organization: trust, communication, positive attitude, common goals, and flexibility. Throughout the academic year 2012/13 the departments discussed and presented statements about these elements and narrowed multiple statements into 3-5 supporting statements for each element. In August 2013 the text was shaped into a word-based visual using wordle.net to create the following:


 Last Modified 8/26/13