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DML Magazine Summer 2020
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Collection Development Policy

Appendix A:
Library's Mission Statement & Values


The Library's Mission Statement

The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind.


Our Values

In connecting our community to the broadest range of information and thought we embrace a set of core values that guide our work and keep us centered on our mission. These values form our organizational ethos.



We are dedicated to giving patrons what they want, not what we think they should have. This includes giving them the materials and information in the formats they want them. Books, videos, sound recordings and online content each have a legitimate place in our collections because these are the formats our patrons find relevant and will use to enhance their lives. We will not make personal judgments on the value of individual works and therefore we will not censor nor will we add or remove materials to meet our personal convictions.

Community Focus

We provide value to our community by bringing information to them. We are part of our community's future because we preserve our community's past. We share in creating that history, as we help to shape the institutions and contribute to the public discourse that forms our community.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We embrace the strengths of our differences. We understand that others share different viewpoints and represent different cultures. We will be flexible and sensitive in how we work and the materials we buy. We strive to create opportunities for our patrons and ourselves, and in doing so we will bridge the gaps between the haves and the have-nots, between those who can and cannot, and between those with skills and those without.


We value the trust our patrons place in us. We will uphold their privacy by rigorously upholding the confidentiality of the information they share with us. Our community trusts us to treat them and their funds with honesty and responsibility. We will exercise our fiscal responsibilities and legal requirements with care and consideration.

Literacy and Learning

We will actively support learning to read as the first step in a lifelong learning experience. Being able to read is not only essential to survival in today's society, but it also leads to a richer and more rewarding life. It enables us to gain knowledge and empowers us to share that knowledge with those who are important in our lives. We seek to engage everyone in our community, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, as we build a literate and learning community.

Organizational Effectiveness

We are a successful organization because we are dedicated to our mission and work to efficiently provide services to our patrons. We accomplish this through consistent communication throughout the organization and a genuine emphasis on teamwork and collaboration in decision-making. We will develop our skills to adapt to the changes in our society and the demands our community places on us.


We strive for excellence in everything we do because we are passionate about providing consistent quality service. We will treat everyone as a valued customer including our co-workers, library users, and those we seek as new users.


To maintain our relevancy we will continually innovate and challenge the way we think about services we provide. We will stay focused on the long-term goal of building a stronger community through comprehensive collections, inviting facilities, and quality service.


Adopted by the Board of Trustees July 17, 2002
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