Library Vision Statement and Roles
Rio Rancho Public Library balances traditional library services for all age groups with new information technologies in a visible, dynamic, properly housed facility whose staff serves and understands the work- and school-related, recreational, and family-centered concerns and interests of its diverse community.
These roles were identified during the long-term planning process as areas of concentration for the library. They were chosen after extensive public feedback from surveys and open meetings.
Community Reference Library
In this role, the library provides timely, accurate and useful information in a variety of formats for patrons in their pursuit of job-related and personal interests.
The library promotes on-site and telephone reference/information services to aid users in locating needed information.
The library participates in interlibrary loan and cooperative reference services to meet patrons' needs for information not available locally.
This service is provided only by degreed professional or certified librarians.
Independent Learning Center
In this role, the library supports individuals of all ages pursuing a sustained program of learning independent of any educational process.
The individuals set their own learning objectives to meet such concerns as citizen education, self-improvement, job-related development, hobbies and cultural interests.
Preschoolers' Door to Learning
The library encourages young children to develop an interest in reading and learning through careful collection development, programs and services to young children and their parents or caregivers.
Regular, well-conceived and executed programming is a cornerstone of this role and is carried out by professional staff that specializes in services to children.
As children enter school, their needs will be met under the Formal Education Support Center and Independent Learning Center categories.
However, special programs for school-aged children and young adults will remain a high priority. Furthermore, all children should be encouraged to read for pleasure.
Formal Education Support Center
In this role, the library assists students of all ages in meeting educational goals established during their formal course of study.
This includes students in elementary and secondary schools, literacy or adult basic education, and continuing education courses.
Besides providing information for school assignments, this role includes welcoming class visits for instruction in the use of the library, and assisting faculty with materials to use in their classrooms.
Emphasis is on supplementing, not taking the place of the school library. This role requires concerted cooperation with the schools to meet the common goal of providing information to students.
As part of the dialogue with schools regarding information services, schools are encouraged to provide adequate access to their school library collections by students during and after the school day.