The mission of the U.S. Military Academy Library is to empower our cadets, faculty, and staff to be leaders of distinction in scholarship and research by providing teaching and expertise in the discovery and application of scholarly information, access to information supporting the curriculum and independent research, and a place to engage with knowledge, ideas, and one another.
Each summer, the USMA Library publishes our Program Review which provides a complete snapshot of our programs, strategic initiatives, and operations. The most recent Program Review includes the essay below relating to our current work.
By Christopher Barth, Associate Dean and Director of Libraries and Archives
As the 2021-22 academic year begins, it seems like long ago when things were last “normal.” Throughout 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we have lived in a world of accommodation and adjustment as we sought to meet our mission while minimizing as much health risk as possible for our users, our staff, and our community. Those efforts were successful as we saw all Library operations functioning throughout the year with no known cases of COVID transmission linked to our activities, facilities, or people. That is a significant accomplishment and one of which we can be proud.
As much as we all desire to see our work and our lives return to “normal,” USMA Library is working to challenge ourselves to return to a “better normal,” by adapting to a variety of permanently-changed circumstances in our cultural, social, and educational environments as well as incorporating lessons learned from our work during the pandemic.
Among the ways we seek to make a “better normal” for USMA Library and our community:
All of these initiatives and more are designed to help us come alongside the West Point community and better support the academic work of our cadets, faculty, and staff while sharing our resources and skills to encourage better and more accurate understanding of our past, our present, and our future. We look forward to that work and to partnering with others in our community to build a better future for the Academy and for our nation.