Community Needs Assessment is the function by which we determine and measure the information needs of our clients and evaluate our response to those needs. By it we monitor our current position; it guides our future direction.
Our community is all those individuals and groups for which the University Library exists. Our clients are the individuals and groups within the community that use the Library's resources and services.
CLIENT NEEDS ARE PRIMARY
This value drives all activities of the Library
It is the source of the Library's authority and accountability.
Through community building, client understanding, needs analysis, and continuous evaluation, we align ourselves with our clients by responding with appropriate resources, services, and facilities. This process is an integral part of everything the Library is, does and will do.
Community Needs Assessment is an essential responsibility of all staff. It is characterized by active communication, advocacy, action, and evaluation.