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Collection Management and Special Services

The Collection Management & Special Services Department is responsible for selection of all materials added to the library’s collections, management and evaluation of the encumbrance and expenditure of the library materials budget, liaison with teaching faculty to monitor campus needs, preparation of reports on library resources and services, and pursuit of cooperative collection development projects with other state institutions of higher education.  

Student employees aid in searching incoming materials recommendations on UNISTAR, sorting and distributing information on materials available to the subject bibliographers, verifying and completing bibliographic information using print and electronic resources, typing order cards, and searching incoming gifts on UNISTAR and compiling lists of materials for donors.

Although located separately throughout the Library with unique collections, the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, and the Youth Collection are administratively part of the Collection Management & Special Services Department.

(319) 273-7255

Collection Management Policies


Scope and Focus of Library Collections and Resources

Outline of the Collection Management Program

Fine & Performing Arts Collection

The collection houses various print and non-print materials in art, design, music, and theatre. 

How We Manage Our Collections

Although final purchase decisions are made by subject bibliographers, we depend on input from the teaching faculty to keep us abreast of changing curricular and research needs.  We encourage your participation in the collection management process.


Rod Library owns the following JSTOR collections:  Arts & Sciences I, II, III, and IV, and the Life Sciences Collection (the latter includes the Biological Sciences and the Health & General Sciences collections) . These are full-text periodical databases, with coverage beginning with volume 1 of each title.

Library Liaisons

The library liaison program is designed to enhance communication between the Library and the academic departments of the university. Each academic department of the University selects at least one individual, generally a member of the teaching faculty, to serve as a library liaison. Departments with a variety of programs or divisions may appoint more than one liaison.

Needs and Offers

Needs and offers for government documents and maps.

Recommend a Purchase

Help us keep our collections current and relevant by recommending books for purchase

Special Collections & University Archives

The Rod Library Special Collections and University Archives Division collects, preserves, and provides access to rare, valuable, and delicate collections of books, manuscripts, and institutional records.

Subject Bibliographers

Selection of materials, liaison with members of the teaching faculty, collection evaluation, and related activities are carried out by Library faculty affiliated with the Collection Management and Special Services Department. Reference and Instructional Services librarians are responsible for the development of the main Reference Collection under the general direction of the Reference Collection Management Coordinator. In addition, the Technical Services Department, Cataloging Unit faculty coordinate the development of the Browsing Collection.

UNI Museum

The UNI Museum is comprised of the University Museum (a museum of nature and culture) and the Marshall Center School (a restored historic one-room schoolhouse).

Youth Collection

The Youth Collection, designed for the adult study of children's and young adult literature, contains more than 20,000 trade books, related reference sources, and a growing number of materials in electronic formats.

Department Staff

Julie Ann Beddow
Library Assistant, Art and Music Collection
(319) 273-6252
Social Sciences Bibliographer
(319) 273-2810
Library Assistant, Collection Management
(319) 273-7255
Library Assistant, Special Collections & University Archives
(319) 273-7295
Head, Collections and Museums
(319) 273-7255
Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist
(319) 273-6307
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian
(319) 273-6257
Library Assistant, Youth Collection
(319) 273-6166

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