Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library Mission
The mission of Soka University of America (SUA) is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.
Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library supports our students, faculty, and staff in their endeavors to meet their academic and personal goals as we all work together toward fulfilling the SUA mission. To that end, the library actively engages in teaching information literacy skills, facilitates access to information, and provides spaces for scholastic collaboration and intellectual exploration.
Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship delivered by the founder of Soka University of America Daisaku Ikeda at Teachers College, Columbia University on June 13, 1996 includes the following:
What then, are the conditions for global citizenship?
Over the past several decades, I have been privileged to meet and converse with many people from all walks of life, and I have given the matter some thought. Certainly, global citizenship is not determined merely by the number of languages one speaks, or the number of countries to which one has traveled.
I have many friends who could be considered quite ordinary citizens, but who possess an inner nobility; who have never traveled beyond their native place, yet who are genuinely concerned for the peace and prosperity of the world.
I think I can state with confidence that the following are essential elements of global citizenship.
- The wisdom to perceive the interconnectedness of all life and living.
- The courage not to fear or deny difference; but to respect and strive to understand people of different cultures, and to grow from encounters with them.
- The compassion to maintain an imaginative empathy that reaches beyond one's immediate surroundings and extends to those suffering in distant places.
Our principles are the compass to guide our actions and decisions. We seek to:
- Cultivate the culture of collaboration, engagement, and responsiveness through our services
- Communicate with our campus community in a timely, transparent manner
- Create a workplace and deliver services that contribute to our commitment to race and social justice, human rights, and the concept of "global citizenship" defined by the University founder
- Be flexible and open to new ideas and ways of delivering our services
- Take a partnership role, as information specialists, in endeavors of our community and individuals
- Empower students to develop critical eyes to evaluate information presented to them through research assistance and information literacy instructions
- Support self-education and engage students to develop deeper understanding of themselves and others through presenting diverse perspectives in our library collection
- Provide equitable, effective access to resources according to the patrons’ varied needs, interests, and abilities
- Promote ethical use of information resources
- Engage in environmentally responsible practice
- Offer welcoming, comfortable space for exploration, contemplation, and collaboration
- Actively listen to the voices of our campus community members. Learn, understand, and respond with the attitude of flexibility and adaptability to meet their varied and changing needs by “meeting them where they are” through:
- Participating in campus workshops, conferences, lectures, and events hosted by academic affairs, student groups, and other constituencies
- Working collaboratively with campus event organizers in selecting and disseminating information, using Libguides on the library website, to enhance the participants’ learning experiences
- Reviewing InterLibrary Loan requests, items in suggestion box, annual surveys, and purchase requests
- Impromptu conversations that take place on campus
- Recommendations at workshops, discussions, lectures, networking opportunities with our peers (i.e. academic librarians) as well as practitioners, experts, and activists in various fields
- Publications by such individuals or organizations