The University’s Vision and Mission

The Vision:

We will be the national leader in creating the best university experience for all members of our community and in developing thoughtful, engaged citizens who make a positive impact on their world.

The Mission:

* At Mount Saint Vincent University, we are committed to academic excellence, and our passion is a rich and rewarding university experience.
* We are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge: scholarship, teaching, and intellectual endeavour of the highest quality, and we promote accessibility through flexible learning opportunities and services.
* We are inspired by our strong tradition of social responsibility and our enduring commitment to the advancement of women.
* Our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability.


* Academic Freedom
* Accountability
* Creativity
* Engagement
* Professionalism
* Respect

Source: Destination 2012 : The Strategic Plan of Mount Saint Vincent University

The Education of Women:

Women comprise 79% of the student body and 60% of full-time faculty. The commitment to the higher education of women is reflected in the creation of the Institute for the Study of Women (I.S.W.), the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies, the Centre for Women in Business, and the Catherine Wallace Centre for Women in Science. The I.S.W. publishes Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, a scholarly refereed interdisciplinary journal. An M.A. in Women’s Studies is offered jointly with Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s Universities.

In the library, the commitment to women’s education is reflected in the Women’s Centenary Collection begun in 1967 and consisting of 25,000 items which were subsequently absorbed into the general collection, and the Petro-Canada endowment fund which supports the acquisition of some 300 monographs annually, and 13 serial subscriptions. With the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the library has acquired substantial microform collections of retrospective monograph and serial holdings in women’s history and women in the peace movement, most notably the Gerritsen Collection, the History of Women Collection, and the records of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. A Guide to Women’s Studies Resources was published in 1991, with financial assistance from SSHRC, as a tangible expression of the library’s commitment to women’s studies research.

The library collection serves the curricular needs of students enrolled in programs of study at Mount Saint Vincent University. . The 24 departments and programs are grouped into five discipline groups: Humanities; Social Sciences; Educational Studies; Business Studies; and Sciences. One faculty member from each department is chosen as library coordinator and serves as a liaison between the librarian assigned to each discipline group and those faculty members who select resources for the collection.

Revised: December 1, 2011

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