By Peter Deekle, Dean of University Library Services
Welcome to Connections, the RWU Learning Commons digital newsletter! Our new blog-like format will allow us to keep our campus and local communities informed in a more timely way with the activities of the University Library and the Learning Commons. Articles supporting our Learning Commons tagline: “Connect, Collaborate, Create,” will include short announcements of Learning Commons events, feature articles on a variety of topics, a social media round-up, profiles of our Learning Commons staff, and helpful tips for using our resources and services.
Through this newsletter we hope to foster dynamic and ever-current communication about our services, resources, and public events. With contributions from our Learning Commons partners and associates, we hope to enhance the awareness and appreciation of our collective initiatives among the Library’s many users – whether they are on campus or at a distance.
Visions for the Future
Learning Commons staff from the University Libraries, Instructional Design, Tutorial Services with valued contributions from University Advancement, have embarked on a reflective exercise to review and refine current mission and vision statements, aligned with the core values and related goals of Roger Williams University. The exercise supports an institution-wide consideration of strategic priorities, enabling the Learning Commons to reinforce its central and supportive purpose in advancing the academic success of students and faculty. We will use this exercise to align our future efforts in service provision and resource management with institutional goals.