Mission and objectives

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THE LIBRARY'S MISSION AND OBJECTIVES

[French] text approved by the Executive Council on November 11, 1991

The Library’s mission is to provide the information resources and services required for teaching, research and support to the School’s activities. As such, it is dedicated to the pursuit of study and thought and must actively cooperate with the Library and Information Community to ensure clients have privileged access to their resources. Also, the Library is committed to offering its resources and services to the School’s various partners, as well as to local technical and industrial centres.

The Library will:

  1. acquire the information resources necessary for teaching, research and support to the School’s activities, regardless of the information medium;
  2. list, index and effectively organize the acquired information in addition to retaining it for as long as required;
  3. list and index, to the extent possible, information located outside the Library that belongs to the School so as to make this information available to the entire community;
  4. disseminate and effectively exploit relevant information resources among clients from its own collections as well as from elsewhere;
  5. provide clients with an environment that promotes study, thought and research;
  6. actively cooperate with the Library and Information Community to ensure clients have privileged access to their resources;
  7. act as the School’s reference and mentor with regards to information, document management and training (excluding all information pertaining to the School’s administrative documents and archives);
  8. publicize databases related to the School’s activities and scientific and technical resources;
  9. offer its services to external clients on a self-financing basis, in particular to the local technical and industrial centres and to the School’s various international partners;
  10. seek the contribution of additional external resources by all means available;
  11. properly manage the human, material and financial resources involved in carrying out its mission.

Definitions

  • Information resources:  any recognized source of information, regardless of its material medium or its level—primary, secondary or tertiary. A primary level resource is a raw, first-hand account, a secondary level resource is the same raw information that has been compiled and indexed, and a tertiary level resource analyses and synthesizes the information from primary and secondary resources.
  • Information medium:  all material representation of a document. By far the most common medium used is still paper. Micro-format information (microfilms, microfiches) is also quite widespread, as is the increasingly more common magnetic media (audiocassettes, videocassettes, discs, etc.) and optical media (laser discs, etc.).
  • Library workshop: learning activity to familiarize users with information processes and the evolution of scientific and technical documentation for the optimal use of information resources in their fields of interest, with a particular focus on the Library’s resources and services.