Mission, Vision & Values of the McIntosh Memorial Library
The McIntosh Memorial Library is an inspiring beacon of lifelong learning, bringing knowledge alive, sparking imagination and creating possibility for a vibrant and creative Viroqua.
To provide a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service so as to promote a knowledgeable and engaged society. We are a cornerstone to the community and are a vital, accountable, active participant’s within it. We provide leadership in a rapidly changing world. We shape our collections, facilities and services in order to be sensitive and responsive to community needs and aspirations.
- all people and their diversity
- intellectual freedom
- access for all
- the right of individuals to learn and grow
- quality service
- teamwork and staff development
- innovation and responsiveness to community needs
- partnerships–shared contributions of employees, Board members, Friends and supporters
- careful stewardship of the public trust, which ensures accountability and makes the most efficient and effective use of funds, both public and private; fosters collaboration, cooperation and co-location where possible with other agencies; and builds public/private partnerships to enhance services to our users
Service to our users is our reason for being. Those who need us most should be our highest priority.
- All employees, volunteers and friends of the Library are valued as human beings and for their important contributions to our service.
- We are a learning organization that is open, collegial, and risk-taking; we nurture our talents and each other and constantly reassess our services and methods to adapt to the changing needs of our community.
- We support and defend intellectual freedom and the confidentiality of borrowers’ and inquirers’ use of the Library.
- All Library services are provided in a nonpartisan and non-judgmental manner that is sensitive to and supportive of human differences.
- Both staff and patrons are encouraged to laugh often and out loud.
Framework for the Future: Core Principles
- Committed to children, teens and families.
- Striving to serve seniors in accessible settings.
- Leaders in technology.
- Providers of facilities designed and constructed to be flexible and sustainable.
- Judicious stewards of the public’s financial investment.
- Creators of partnerships that contribute to the goals of the community and Library.