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Welcome, Mission & Vision Statements

Mission

The Libraries support the educational mission of The University of South Dakota encompassing instruction, research and service by assuring ready access to a wide range of information resources held locally and worldwide; teaching information literacy, research and critical thinking skills for academic endeavors and lifelong learning; and providing an aesthetic, congenial and stimulating learning and working environment.

Vision

The Libraries strive to support the University vision "to be the best small publicly supported University in the country" while serving as an intellectual and cultural center for the University. It functions as a place for research, exploration, and collegiality where the tools and techniques of scholarship are stored, taught and renewed. The Libraries must evolve to invigorate individual and group research as well as public interaction and discussion.

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Dean's Welcome

 Our University Libraries (I.D. Weeks building including former Lommen Health Sciences collections) provide access to, and assistance in, locating and using high quality information and resources regardless of format where, when, and how you need them. We are a customer-driven organization that is constantly adapting to changes in the information, research, publishing, higher education, and student learning environment. Libraries have traditionally served as a repository for books and other physical materials, but now that resources are increasingly available online and remotely, the role of the academic library is changing. We invite you to get help from our variety of services available online: library catalog, book renewals and holds, databases, e-books, interlibrary loan/document delivery, subject guides (LibGuides), podcasts/tutorials, email reference, IM reference, and EndNote citation management software.

There is much to attract you to our building, the heart of the USD campus. In addition to the physical materials you need to support research activities, you'll find research assistance from our subject specialist library faculty, casual reading materials, comfortable seating areas for both quiet and collaborative study, food and drink, and a warm and welcoming environment accented by art, exhibits, and events.

Daniel L. Daily, Dean of Libraries

Dan Daily 2013