Milner Library is currently developing a Vision for Student Success that will articulate the library’s work to support student success at Illinois State University and fulfill a goal of the library’s current strategic plan. In spring 2022, a working group created a draft of this guiding document on student success for the library by conducting an environmental scan, consulting guiding documents, identifying core themes and principles, and gathering and implementing feedback from Milner Library’s staff.  

We are currently seeking input from campus partners and our campus community on our current Vision for Student Success draft. We invite you to consider the draft below and submit your feedback for the working group to consider and address via our feedback form.   

If you have any questions or would like to reach out directly to the working group, please contact Mallory Jallas, 

Milner Library’s Vision for Student Success-Draft 

Student success is a complex and dynamic concept that varies from student to student. Milner Library takes a holistic approach to student success by engaging with students where they are in their personal learning process and providing access to information, education, programming, and other resources. The library seeks to understand students’ needs and support the many ways that they define success. 

We understand our students to be: 

  • Dynamic people who want to learn and grow both as scholars and global citizens and develop connections between their academic and personal lives   
  • Diverse, unique, creative people who want to learn and discover within a supportive, welcoming environment where they feel a sense of belonging   
  • People whose opinions matter and who can help us shape library collections and services through their feedback and preferences 

With this understanding of our students, we have identified guiding principles to support student success: 

We value the diverse strengths of our students. 

We recognize that to succeed, students need to see themselves and their work reflected in Milner Library’s atmosphere, spaces, services, and collections. 

We strive to create equitable and inclusive practices. 

The library commits to uphold equity, diversity and inclusion to create an environment that is welcoming and inspirational. 

We collaborate and partner. 

Our approach to student success is inherently relational and collaborative, with contributions from students, faculty, staff, and campus organizations to promote equitable access to library services and reduce barriers to learning. 

We assess to make impactful decisions. 

Milner Library commits to ongoing and interactive assessment that listens and responds to students’ needs, helping them learn, grow, and engage in deep and transformative ways.