Mission, Vision, Values, & Goals

Mission Statement

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Strauss Health Sciences Library links people, reliable health sciences knowledge, and technology in support of effective learning, quality health care, vital research, and engaging community service. 

Vision Statement 

The staff of the library strives for the highest quality services as they enhance access to the knowledge base of the health sciences, instruct users in information retrieval and management techniques, and acquire and organize a specialized collection of electronic, print and other resources in a cost-effective manner. 

Library Values

  • Understanding and, when possible, exceeding users’ need for access and information
  • Customer service that reflects professional, ethical, and courteous behavior
  • Active collaboration in the learning and discovery process
  • Engagement in reshaping scholarly communication and knowledge management
  • Commitment to diversity, intellectual freedom, and self actualization
  • Continuous learning, adaptability, innovation and enhancement of staff skills and services
  • Responsible and creative stewardship of limited University resources
  • A rewarding work environment characterized by team spirit, flexibility, personal growth and a sense of humor.
  • A relaxed and welcoming environment for our users 

Primary Users

The Strauss Health Sciences Library’s primary users are students currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical campus, health sciences faculty and staff paid by the University, University of Colorado Hospital employees and retired health science faculty. Access the Strauss Library primary user policy here.


These goals are from the library’s Strategic Plan:

  1. The library is a welcoming and well-maintained space for our community.​
  2. Scholars, clinicians, and researchers have access to the resources they need.
  3. Library web sites together form a uniform, welcoming, easy to use and well-maintained research launch site, marketing mechanism for services, and support zone for our user community.
  4. Students, faculty, scholars, clinicians, and researchers have access to ample synchronous and asynchronous teaching and training opportunities and research services.
  5. Library users and stakeholders are informed of library resources and services.
  6. Library faculty and staff are comfortable in their knowledge of interdepartmental functions and processes.