Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library Mission Statement

The Ellison Library is an active partner in shaping the College’s distinctive educational program. We provide a dynamic space of inquiry, exploration, and discovery.  We strive to create an atmosphere that facilitates learning, sparks curiosity, and inspires discovery by thoughtfully curating a collection of diverse information resources and by providing a variety of learning spaces. 

We aspire to:

  • Serve as a welcoming social and intellectual center of the College, honoring differences to create an inclusive atmosphere where diverse voices are heard.
  • Partner with students, faculty, and staff in creating a learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, discovery, creativity, collaboration, and growth.
  • Enable and facilitate the development of skills necessary for research and academic discourse.  
  • Embrace transformations in research and collections, building on the foundational collaboration between collections, technology, and media to redefine library services.
  • Empower a creative and energetic staff to experiment, expand the library’s reach across campus, and anticipate student needs in a rapidly changing world.
  • Adapt and design facilities, collections, formats, and access to promote an open and experiential learning environment.
  • Foster a productive work environment in which student crew members thrive and where their contributions are valued and celebrated. 
  • Nurture a collegial work environment built on collaboration and consensus that values and celebrates the contribution of all staff members and supports their professional growth.