To feed curiosity and inspire the habits, skills, and dispositions in patrons necessary to learn, create, discover, adapt, and grow.
To serve the learning community of Southern Utah University (SUU) by facilitating knowledge creation, curation, access, transmission, and innovation. We will:
- Uphold, improve, and apply the library’s core values of access, service, outreach, education, research, and diversity and inclusion.
- Sustain a learning environment that is free, open, and responsive to stakeholders using socially responsible and democratic methods.
- Safeguard intellectual freedom and multiplicities of thought in scholarly and creative discovery.
- Embrace stewardship toward stakeholders, collections in a variety of formats (such as high-quality print/electronic resources), and intellectual and creative discourse.
- Support academic success and student retention by educating students and encouraging personal, intellectual, and creative growth.
Essential Learning Outcomes
The Library’s INFO 1010 - Information Literacy course is a required course in General Education . It supports several of the University’s Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs): Information Literacy, Inquiry and Analysis, and Integrative Learning. A complete list of the University’s Essential Learning Outcomes is available within About Southern Utah University .
Information Literacy Learning Outcomes
The Gerald R. Sherratt Library recognizes the need to provide an adaptable learning environment to best prepare students to participate fully and remain competitive in our ever-changing global information society. As such, the Sherratt Library aligns its goals with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Library seeks to support our academic community in achieving the Framework’s information literacy goals. The Framework delineates specific roles and responsibilities of students, teachers, and librarians, stating:
Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically. Teaching faculty have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines. Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with faculty. (ACRL, 2015)
Departments, Programs, & Centers
Department of Library/Media
Go to information for Department of Library/Media.
Additional Focused Coursework
Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms the belief that “libraries are forums for information and ideas” via its Library Bill of Rights, a set of policies that support both libraries and library users in the free exchange of knowledge and ideas. Likewise, the Sherratt Library fully espouses and champions these essential principles. A complete text of the Library Bill of Rights is available at www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill.
- The main collection of approximately 550,000 items supports the curriculum of the University.
- Over 100 electronic-content databases, most of them full-text, available through the University log-in.
- The T-Bird Texts collection contains textbooks for many of the General Education courses.
- The media collection includes video tapes, DVDs, recordings, CDs, audio books, and anatomy models.
- The juvenile collection contains fiction and non-fiction titles supporting education programs.
- The curriculum collection contains textbooks used in K-12 schools.
- Special Collections contains materials that are rare, expensive, or in need of special handling.
- University Archives contain material documenting the history of SUU.
- Library research assistance is available at the Questions Desk Monday through Friday (see website for current hours).
- Individual consults with subject specialty librarians.
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables access through a network of more than 3,000 libraries to books and journal articles not available at SUU.
- The Copy Shop provides copy machines, printing and production services and supplies.
- Over 130 PC and 10 Mac computers provide access to the online library collection and electronic databases and serve as a computer lab.
- Wireless access is available throughout the Library.
- Quiet study space is available throughout the library including the Huntsman Reading Room and study rooms for collaborative work. All study rooms have a whiteboard and a computer with either a TV or a projector. Students can book study rooms online or at the Circulation Desk.
- T-Bird Texts: Many General Education course text books available for two-hour check out within the Library.