The mission of the Public Health Library is to support the School of Public Health in meeting the teaching, research, and service commitments of Indiana University. The Public Health Library's primary role is embodied in three components of the mission: a partner in teaching and research, information transfer, and a repository of intellectual record.
A PARTNER IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Through collaborative efforts with teaching faculty, the Public Health Library responds to trends in higher education affecting teaching and research, and participates in shaping curricular innovations. Information resources required to support these innovations are thus identified and obtained as part of a broadened process within the libraries. The Public Health Library maintains an ongoing awareness of the curriculum and the research interests of the faculty and uses this information in designing services and in building and maintaining its collections.
The Public Health Library facilitates the identification and delivery of information, regardless of format, to support the School of Public Health's teaching, research, and service commitments. Increasingly, this is accomplished by electronic means and is guided by an ongoing assessment of the information needs of the library's primary user population.
A REPOSITORY OF THE INTELLECTUAL RECORD
To support the mission of the School of Public Health, the Public Health Library acquires and maintains a carefully selected portion of the intellectual record. Policies for collections are focused on information to support the needs of the School in relation to the broad spectrum of knowledge. Space requirements increasingly emphasize service functions in contrast to warehousing functions.