All library faculty have terminal graduate-level academic degrees in librarianship from an institution accredited by the American Library Association. In addition to their active involvement on campus, librarians are engaged within the field of librarianship on both national and regional levels. Valpo librarians are also active scholars, having authored articles within many of the most highly regarded journals in librarianship. Several library faculty members are also regular book contributors.
Valparaiso University library faculty play an important role in the University’s mission to create a community of learning, grounded in scholarship, faith, and service. Library faculty apply their professional knowledge by teaching in both formal and informal settings; selecting, acquiring, and organizing materials; and providing guidance so users can create and access information intelligently, efficiently, and with integrity.
Part of what makes Valpo distinctive for students is the close relationship they can establish with their classroom faculty. That holds true for librarians. Every Valpo college, department, or program has a faculty librarian who works most closely with those subject faculty and students to meet their library service and resource needs.
Library faculty strive to make library resources easy to find and use, but work directly with students when they struggle with their research. Librarians teach students to understand how knowledge grows, how it is communicated, stored and accessed. They also help students think critically about their information needs, and how to evaluate resources and use them ethically.