Library History, Mission, and Vision
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Maki Library History, Mission, and Vision

Brief History of Maki Library
The library of Finlandia University has existed in some form since Suomi College was founded in 1896. In 1996 the first baccalaureate programs were initiated. Prior to that time the college offered only associate degree programs. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College became Finlandia University. The Library moved into its present quarters in 1966 when the Wargelin classroom building was completed. That library, occupying the ground floor of Wargelin Hall, was a facility of about 5,000 square feet. In 1995 Sulo and Aileen Maki donated one million dollars to the College to enlarge and renovate the library. Upon completion of this project in the late summer of 1997, the library doubled its size and was re-named the Sulo and Aileen Maki Library in honor of its benefactors. It now has a book capacity of approximately 65,000 volumes. Additionally, the renovation and addition have created a warm and inviting space for study, research, and recreational reading.

Maki Library's environment supports open inquiry, personal growth, and collaboration, as a creative force in developing knowledgeable, educated students. It promotes learning, educates students, faculty, and staff in information literacy skills and concepts, and serves as a cultural enrichment resource for the entire campus and community.


  • That the information services provided by Maki Library will be central to the University's teaching / learning and administrative activities, and that they will be highly valued by the campus community.
  • That information literacy instruction, in collaboration with classroom faculty and by librarians, will result in information literate students capable of lifelong learning and who are equipped to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century.
  • That the library will integrate appropriate information technologies into its services and operations and will collaborate in campus information technological activities.

Objectives for realizing the Mission and Vision

I. The acquisition of and access to library materials and information, in traditional and electronic formats:

A. To support the instructional programs of the University by providing resources needed by students, faculty, and staff.
B. To provide for exploration of ideas and information beyond classroom needs.
C. To promote leisure reading that develops into life long learning habits. 

II. The organization and accessibility of materials and information

A. To provide efficient and convenient access.
B. To provide equal access.
C. To ensure each campus community member's right to read, as described by the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights.

III. The use and interpretation of materials

To provide services such as reference, interlibrary loan, and circulation, which promote awareness and use of materials and information. 

IV. The provision of Information Literacy instruction

A. To provide instruction for students, faculty, and staff in finding and using information. This training will develop the needed skills to freely explore the resources and will enable campus community members to pursue lifelong learning.
B. To collaborate with classroom faculty in designing library/information literacy projects and curricula that direct student discovery of information and its use.

V. The provision and maintenance of appropriate technology for classroom and library needs and the participation in campus information technological activities. 

A. To provide, maintain, schedule classroom audio-visual equipment.
B. To provide and maintain appropriate technology in the library for accessing and retrieving materials and information.
C. To partner with other campus areas in appropriate information technological activities. 

VI. The transition of the library from a junior college library/media center to a university library.

A. To respond to the University's changing information needs resulting from continuing curricular changes.
B. To keep informed of current standards and guidelines for undergraduate libraries. 
C. To work toward meeting current Association of College Libraries (ACRL) standards and guidelines for college libraries. These standards encompass mission, collection, and organization of materials, staff, services, facilities, administration, and budget.

VII. The selection and continuing education of librarians and staff.

A. To hire qualified librarians, support staff, and student workers to provide high quality services.
B. To provide professional development opportunities for the continuing education of all library staff