History, Mission, Vision, and Values

History

Named for Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio, (class of 1938), the library is dedicated to the memory of her husband, Henry Cirio, and her brother, Joseph Gallucci.

From its beginning in 1894, the institution that would become Fitchburg State University relied on its library. Students in the first classes were told there would be no textbooks; they were expected to “use the library” on the second floor of Thompson Hall.

The library stayed in Thompson until 1963 when it was moved to the basement of the new administration building known today as Sanders. In 1975 the library was on the road again, this time landing in the new Campus Center building where it remains to this day.

In 2002, in honor of the University's largest bequest, the library was formally named for Mrs. Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio. Mrs. Cirio’s gift created endowments for the study of Italian language and culture and established a study room named for her brother Joseph.

The library was included in the renovation of the entire Hammond Campus Center beginning in 2010.

The new, modernized library was opened to students at the start of the spring, 2016, semester.


Mission Statement

The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library supports the teaching and scholarship mission of Fitchburg State University by providing a dynamic and collaborative learning space, both physically and virtually. Actively developing, maintaining, and creating accessible collections with evolving services is essential to this mission.

Librarians and staff teach key information literacy skills that enable users to effectively find, manage, critically evaluate, and use information. The library's goal is to create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and the social, cultural and professional development of students, faculty and staff.


Vision Statement

The library will be an integral component of a nationally recognized University. The library and its resources will be the primary intellectual space, both physically and virtually, for the University community. We accomplish this by:

  • Creating collaborative learning environments that will adapt to the changing needs of the University.

  • Integrating librarians, programs, and services into the academic curriculum.
  • Developing and providing access to rich and diverse resources regardless of format, location, or mode of access.
  • Utilizing relevant current and emerging technologies effectively.
  • Acting in partnership with faculty for the development and enhancement of academic courses and programs.

Values

The Library staff recognizes the importance of providing responsive services to all students, faculty and staff.

We promote open access to information and ideas and recognize users’ right to privacy.

We value a collection of materials, information resources, and services that will support the curriculum and teaching needs of the faculty.

We are committed to advancing information literacy skills by providing instruction and resources that meet the needs of our students.

We value collaboration with the academic departments, divisions, and other offices to achieve common goals for the good of the University.

We keep pace with emerging technologies and resources and integrate them into our services and programs.

We plan for library success through the development and assessment of clearly defined goals, objectives, and strategies.

We value a collegial atmosphere that allows input and discussion among all library staff.

We encourage the professional growth of all library staff through training and other development opportunities.

We value providing an environment that is safe, inviting, attractive and conducive to study and learning.


Revised Sept.2011