"The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service." In so asserting, the Statement of Purpose recognizes that these goals are complementary. The library contributes directly to their achievement:
- Disciplined minds must be information-literate: able to find, reflect critically upon, and use information wisely for scholarly purposes. Davidson's information literacy program, led by the library and enacted primarily but not exclusively through the College's curriculum, participates in teaching students "to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas" (Statement of Purpose).
- Creative minds need room and resources for experimentation, inspiration, and collaboration. The library provides and organizes information sources (purchased, licensed, borrowed, and locally developed), as well as tools, expertise, and space for students to become intentional, self-directed learners and faculty and staff to pursue their goals.
- Leaders exemplify critical engagement with the world. The library helps the College community navigate the complex and rapidly developing information environment by adopting an experimental, future-oriented approach to new technology for the dissemination, interpretation, and preservation of information.
The library does not work alone in these endeavors but collaborates with faculty, the Center for Teaching and Learning, ITS, and other members of the college community in pursuit of its mission. Library staff model collaboration and professional development by engaging with the local academic community and the broader library profession, as leaders and as learners.