Mission and Goals
Through the provision of information resources and related services, the Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University seeks to support the academic program of the university, to serve as the university archives, and to be an intellectual resource for students, faculty, and residents of the region surrounding the university.
Consistent with this mission, the library pursues the following goals.
- To select, procure, and render accessible information resources in various media, which, in order of priority:
- support the curriculum of West Texas A&M University,
- address the research needs of the university's graduate students and faculty,
- record the history of West Texas A&M University,
- record the history and examine the natural characteristics, culture, and industry of the Texas Panhandle,
- provide the people of the region surrounding the university with information from and about their state and national governments,
- address the recreational and practical interests of the student body, and
- serve the educational, cultural, and practical interests of the people of the region surrounding the university.
- To provide assistance and instruction in the identification, location, and use of information resources consistently with the purposes and priorities stated in Goal A.
Relationship of the library's goals to the University's goals
- Library Goal A is rooted in the university's Goal 1. The library interprets the "high quality educational opportunities" set forth in Goal 1 as programs of study that demand-and make possible-substantial investigation of the record of thought pertaining to each program's discipline and focus.
- Library Goal B is also derived from the university's Goal 1. Instruction in finding and using information is not only a corollary of providing information in an educational setting, it is also an important component of an overall educational program that fosters the ability to prepare "for all careers and for successful participatory citizenship."
- The imperative to provide government-related information and to serve "the educational, cultural, and practical interests of the people of the region surrounding the university" is related to the university's Goals 2, 3, and 4. The library recognizes its role as a versatile provider of information, on the university's behalf, to individual citizens and the educational and commercial enterprises of our region.
- Attention to the "non-academic recreational and practical interests of the student body," present in both of the library's goals, arises from the university's Goal 5. Like the university at large, the library strives to be an agency of life-enrichment beyond only the academic sphere.
- The library's goal of preserving and presenting the historical record of the university, while not tied to a specific university goal, is associated with the implicit institutional goal of sustaining and improving itself through a knowledge of its own development.
- The library's goal of preserving and presenting the historical, scientific, and cultural record of the Texas Panhandle is related in various ways to the academic and public service goals of the university, and is responsive to the melded spirit of the university's Goals 1 through 4.