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Collection Development

During this time of economic uncertainty, efficient and effective use of University resources is more important than ever. LTS remains committed to:

  • Maximizing efficiency in access to the information needed by the Brandeis community;
  • Tailoring the utilization of University resources to University needs;
  • Partnering with faculty in light of changing curricular emphases.
Our investment in digital information resources has allowed us to grow beyond the walls of our libraries. We are able to offer rich and varied information resources to the Brandeis community by maximizing the use of digital resources and by emphasizing our unique and special collections. In seeking to maintain the most efficient and effective environment for learning, teaching, and scholarship, we will use the following guidelines for further development of the Brandeis information environment:

General criteria for local development of information resources:
  • Priority for purchases will be given to full text scholarly content over indexes and abstracts.
  • Information resources will be purchased in a single format, with the digital format preferred. The digital format allows multiple simultaneous users to access the resource without the limitations of operating hours and location. The digital format also allows supplemental course materials to be made accessible via LATTE.
  • We will maximize our membership in the Boston Library Consortium, which allows members of the Brandeis community onsite use of 18 research library collections, as well as priority service in interlibrary loans.
  • We will maximize use of the online information environment, guiding students and researchers in the use of this rich and rapidly developing world of information.
Annual evaluation of information resources:
  • All subscription and licensed resources will be evaluated annually based on relevance to the Brandeis curriculum, overall usage, cost per search (if online), and total cost of access.
  • We will consult with faculty to determine the importance and relevance of resources for teaching and research.

Click here to see Criteria for Selecting Electronic Resources.

Purchase Requests

You can use the Book or Journal Purchase Request Form to submit a suggestion to Resource Management and Access. Purchase requests are forwarded to subject selectors for approval. You may also submit suggestions for purchase through a department's designated liaison to Library & Technology Services or on forms available at the reference desks in the Main and Science libraries.

Use of Other Collections

Materials not owned by the Brandeis University Library Technology Services may be requested through Interlibrary Loan . Cooperative Borrowing Programs include the Boston Library Consortium and the Faculty Borrowing Program of OCLC. You can access the holdings of Boston Library Consortium members at http://www.blc.org/.