About Us

The Collection Management & Special Services Department consists of two divisions, with varying responsibilities.

The Collection Management program, in which Library faculty participate as subject bibliographers, is responsible for the selection and evaluation of all resources made available by the Rod Library, either in the local collection or via remote access, and for liaison with the faculty in the academic departments and programs of the University. Collection Management also develops policies governing the collections, and provides analyses of Library resources and services in support of self-studies, accreditation requirements, and the University’s academic program review process.

The Special Services division of the department includes three units, each staffed by a faculty librarian. They are the Art & Music Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, and the Youth Collection. Each of these units makes available specialized resources in various formats, and provides associated reference and instructional services:

The Fine & Performing Arts Collection includes a variety of print and non-print resources which support study and research in Art, Architecture, Design, Music, and related disciplines. The collection includes print and electronic reference tools and an extensive collection of sound recordings, DVDs, and videocassettes. Listening rooms are available.

Special Collections & University Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to rare, valuable, and delicate collections of books, manuscripts, and institutional records. The book collections include the Rare Book Collection, Stageberg Linguistic Collection, American Fiction Collection, and Small Press Collection. The paper collections include the University Archives and Manuscripts Collection.

The Youth Collection provides access to the newest and best resources in the field of children’s and young adult literature, including titles in cd-rom and DVD formats, as well as a reference collection in the field. The collection is intended to support adult study of children’s and young adult literature.

For additional information, please consult the Collection Management & Special Services Library User's Guide.