Over the last year, Reseach Services librarians (RSLs) at KSL implemented three major collection analysis processes that will lead to more proactive purchasing by identifying developing subject areas used in research and instruction. All requests submitted through KSL interlibrary loan or OhioLINK book lending are now reviewed by the RSLs to identify titles that should be in our collection. Four RSLs also piloted a method to analyze the citations used by faculty in their publication(s) to judge the availability of resources in CWRU or OhioLINK collections, while simultaneously looking for resources that may be considered for purchase. Beginning Fall 2013, all RSLs will use these processes to assist in liaison work with faculty.
New Collection Budget Model
Through the new collection budget model created in collaboration with faculty, KSL was able to purchase interdisciplinary materials that were difficult to fund previously. Research Services librarians also consulted with faculty to prioritize and target various resource needs in support of research. Subscriptions to some journals and databases were added in various disciplines, including History, Asian Studies, Engineering, Material Science, Leadership, Political Science and Literature. Several large one-time purchases were added that had long been identified as needs by faculty, such as some medieval manuscripts, historical annual business reports, Classics resources, engineering technical standards and Congressional Hearings.
Strengthening Content Partnerships
Kelvin Smith Library and the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) renewed and expanded an agreement that provides convenient access for WRHS staff and CWRU students and faculty to shared digitized collections and other educational resources. The historical society, established in 1867, is home to nearly 5 million photographs, 5,000 catalogued collections and 20 million manuscripts. The agreement will now continue through 2014.
“One of the goals for this extension of the agreement is to make the library collection at WRHS more widely available to the campus community by including WRHS records in the library catalog,” said Timothy Robson, Associate Director for Academic Engagement at KSL. “WRHS also provides free walk-in access for CWRU students to their research library.”
Through the joint agreement, CWRU supports the WRHS library’s digitization of major photographic and related archives, and makes the digital objects publicly available through KSL’s digital repository, Digital Case. Continued exhibits of WRHS images and artwork will be on display at KSL.
KSL is working to expand the scope of Special Collections to better support the curriculum and research of CWRU students and faculty. Some of this year's accomplishments in Special Collections and University Archives are highlighted below.