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Our mission

We foster learning and discovery by connecting people with significant collections and resources, and expert support of research.

Our vision

In accordance with the University Libraries’ mission, our collections and services will support research and teaching. Collection management will be based on sound assessment practices and user needs. We will continue to be responsive to changes in information acquisition and scholarly publishing.  

Our values

Collaboration and teamwork

We rely on our collective expertise in accomplishing our goals. We establish partnerships in and outside the library to further our mission.

Continuous improvement

We anticipate and are responsive to changes in user needs and the needs of our institution. We strive for excellence in all we do, creating and employing best practices. We strive for efficiency and flexibility in our workflows.


Our collections and services nurture scholarly exploration.


We are creative, adaptable, and amenable to intelligent risk-taking. We strive to remove barriers to access.

Professional development

We invest in the training and development of our employees.


We are committed to providing excellent service. We are responsive, respectful, and accessible.

Collection management assignments

Send suggestions or comments to:

Leslie O'Brien, Director of Collection Management
Virginia Tech University Libraries
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA, 24062-9001
(540) 231-4945

Contact us

  •     Leslie O'Brien
  • Leslie C O'Brien
  • Director, Collections & Technical Services
  • 540-231-4945
  • 6150 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  •     Ed Lener
  • Edward F Lener
  • Associate Director for Collection Management
  • (540) 231-9249
  • (540) 231-2612 (Derring office)
  • 4030 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    3066A Derring Hall, 1405 Perry St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24062
  • Cyndi Schwartz
  • Collection Management Librarian
  • 540-231-4802
  • 6086 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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