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Maharishi University of Management Library Mission    

MUM Library Mission Statement

Capturing the home of knowledge in the conscious mind. MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI

 Maharishi University of Management (MUM) Library preserves the heritage of the past while being open to the requirements of the 21st century. The Library supports the unfoldment of both age-old Vedic wisdom and modern knowledge by: 

  •  providing timely access to needed resources including Maharishi Vedic Science print and video materials;
  •  responding to the changing needs of our patrons;
  • promoting effective use of information by our students, faculty, and staff.

We lay the foundation for learning and research in accordance with the University’s unique system of higher education that systematically cultures students’ full alertness and creative intelligence.



To be recognized as the information depot for students and faculty supplying state of the art tools, resources and expertise.


MUM Library Strategic Goals    
  1. General Objectives

    1. Leverage technology to improve library services
    2. Organize migration from print to electronic collections.
    3. Redevelop library space as an informal learning space.
    4. Continue developing library personnel to be more tech savvy, collaborative, and future-focused.



Smart goals


Initiate the process of migration to digital resources

Ø  Establish project plans for digitalization (year 1; reference librarian; cost of staff time)

By December 2014 identify the items to be digitized and create priorities and timelines for the project, so that implementation of the project starts in 2015.

Metrics to measure success:  detailed project plans

Move towards 21st century technology platform -

Ø  Modernize library computers (year 1; library director; cost of equipment, cost of staff time)

By the end of 2014 upgrade 100% of computers to a modern uniform platform, to create the foundation for leveraging future technologies.

Metrics to measure success:  standard established and 100% of library computers meeting the standard

Improve accessibility of library website -  

Ø  Redesign library website (year 1; IT Volunteer ; cost of staff time)

By December 2014 re-design the library website to incorporate on 90% of the functions three or less layers from home page to user information.     

Metrics to measure success:  number of  library website functions that can be reached in 3 clicks or less

Develop Knowledge Management


Ø  Establish standard operating procedures  (year 1; library director, reference librarian, circulation manager, purchasing manager; cost of staff time)

By the end of 2014 establish, document and publish 50% of standard operating procedures for the circulation desk, acquisitions, library director and reference librarian.

Metrics to measure success:  online manual for procedures

Ø  Improve business continuity by Implementing  cross training and professional training for staff (Director, Librarian, Purchasing Manager, Cataloguer, ILL, Circulation Manager, Circulation Desk Attendants;  cost of staff time, cost of training)

To support business continuity identify and implement cross training for 50% of the staff members.  

Metrics to measure success: creation and implementation of a plan

Library as Informal Learning Space

Ø  Redesign and repurpose technical services area  (June 2014, Library Director and staff;  cost of redesign)

By June 2014, set up classroom space, book repair station and staff offices in former technical services area  so that it support s lean process and work flows for library staff and supports a flexible space for library events or classes.

Metrics to measure success:  space redesign and function

MUM Library Achievements 2013-2014    
 Jointly with the University's IT department 12 desktop computers in the library main concourse were replaced with newer ones. The software was upgraded to the Office 2007 version.
  1. With the support from the Computer Science Department and the IT Department the Library obtained 13 laptop computers, used for the information literacy presentation sessions.
  2. All computer hardware and ​software available at the library was compiled into a register.
  3. 100% of the library space was turned into Wi-Fi zone.
  4. Library staff participated in the advanced training Mandarin library management system
  5. Library staff participated in the Basics of Lean Management training
  6. Circulation Desk and Acquisitions manuals have been successfully updated
  7. Usage of silence study areas available in the library was reinforced through posting additional signs and directions.
  8. Assessment of library services and recourses was carried out through surveys conducted among faculty and students. The results are summarized in a report, available upon request.
  9. The vision and mission of the library were updated with smart goals formulated accordingly.
  10. In cooperation with Sustainable Living Department sustainable care for the library plants was put in place.
  11. In cooperation with the Communication and Arts department the main entrance area of the library was renovated and a permanent exhibition of art pieces created by MUM students, as well as other artists is held there.
  12. With the help of work/study students 20’000 pages of newspaper articles on TM were digitized. The students also helped digitize the entire archive collection of the MSAE.
  13. With the help of work/study students the library staff weeded up to 3000 volumes of ancient books.
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