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September 14, 2007

Service to the People, Service to the State

Public engagement is one of the strategic directions for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as it re-commits itself to its land-grant mission as part of its strategic plan. The Library helps to advance the campus mission of public engagement through a number of service programs directed at professionals and members of the public around the state.

The Veterinary Medicine Library, for example, provides reference and document delivery services to veterinarians around the state, including those at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. Vet Med also collaborates with the Champaign Public Library to support maintain the Pet Care Home Page for Champaign-Urbana.

The Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library provides access to library resources and services to agricultural professionals and local groups around the state as part of the University of Illinois Extension program, and provides service to a national audience through its contributions to the Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC).

And, while the ACES Library provides support for Illinois County Extension Offices, the Illinois Natural History Survey Library supports scientists around the state at field stations where they conduct studies on the rivers, lakes, ponds, and prairies of Illinois. Like the Vet Med Library, the Natural History Survey Library provides reference and document delivery services to state scientists, and, like the ACES Library, its library staff help to provide digital access to research materials that provide direct support for our colleagues in the field.

The Library is proud to support the land-grant mission of the University of Illinois, both through the direct provision of services and collections to the citizens of the state, and through direct support for campus-wide outreach and engagement initiatives.

Posted by swalter at September 14, 2007 12:07 PM

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