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In support of the work OSUL undertakes to ensure equitable access to a diverse collection of resources, these values outline the framework in which we build and maintain collections. We regularly evaluate our approach to applying the values as the need demands (on an ongoing basis).
The purpose of OSU Libraries’ collection is to support researcher and learner success. As stated in OSULP’s Mission and Vision, the Libraries seek to “engage with the OSU community and the people of Oregon in their pursuit of knowledge, thereby advancing the role of OSU as a nationally recognized land grant university.” Our collection activities support the widest possible accessibility to materials and contribute to the development, management, and preservation of knowledge. We are committed to stewarding a collection through collaborative approaches to collection development. A collection that supports local needs, builds an intellectual environment, and enhances discovery.
We build collections that reflect the diversity of the global human experience and we seek to provide equitable access regardless of a person’s background or views. We strive to uphold ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship, and so we endeavor to ensure “all information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.”
OSU Libraries support the principles of intellectual freedom and oppose censorship of library resources. It is our responsibility to provide resources and information, and we challenge censorship in fulfilling that goal. We believe that resources should not be restricted due to the history or affiliations of the author.
OSU Libraries support the right to privacy and confidentiality of all people regardless of origin, age, background, or views. OSU Libraries protect to the best of our ability all library use data and personal information and advocate for privacy.
These resources informed our Ethics and Values statement: OSULP’s Mission and Vision Statement; the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship, Library Bill of Rights, and The Freedom to Read Statement; Society of American Archivists’ Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics; University of Washington Libraries’ One Library: Three Campuses, a Statement of Operating Principles; The Claremont Colleges Library Collection Policy