The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Serving more than 500,000 students, faculty and staff at 79 institutions, OhioLINK offers access to more than 31 million library items statewide. User-initiated, non-mediated online borrowing is possible through a statewide central catalog. OhioLINK also provides a delivery service among member institutions to speed the exchange of library items. In addition to the central catalog, users can access electronic research databases including a variety of full-text resources.
Association of Research Libraries
Kent State University is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL is a not-for-profit membership organization of the leading research libraries in North America. Its mission is to shape and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. The Association articulates the concerns of research libraries and their institutions, forges coalitions, influences information policy development, and supports innovation and improvements in research library operations.
Center for Research Libraries
Kent State University is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), located in Chicago, which is a shared resource among research libraries. The program of cooperative collection development is instrumental in meeting the needs of thousands of scholars. CRL's collections are designed to supplement, not duplicate, member libraries' collections by approximately five million
volumes. CRL bibliographic records are being added to the OhioLINK central catalog. Collections are available for extended loan to member libraries through interlibrary loan.
SERIALS: CRL actively collects serials that are from Southeast Asia or are foreign language science and technology publications. Current subscriptions include 14,000 titles that are rarely held in North American libraries.
NEWSPAPERS: Several categories are collected, including domestic foreign-language ethnic, African-American, African, Eastern European, South Asian, and Southeast Asian, and numerous foreign countries.
MONOGRAPHS: CRL maintains a collection of over 330,000 monographs, specializing in the history of science, medicine, and technology.
MICROFORMS: Categories of collecting include major sets in literature, art, theatre, and music; continuing major sets such as census reports; South Asia and Southeast Asia microfiche of research titles; and one-half of all the publications available from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: These are research collections primarily acquired through deposit by members.
AREA STUDIES MICROFORM PROJECTS: Preservation programs are aimed at research materials from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
FOREIGN DISSERTATIONS: CRL attempts to provide comprehensive access to doctoral dissertations from institutions outside the United States and Canada. Russian Academy of Science dissertation abstracts in the social sciences are obtained on microfiche.
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS: CRL holds several hundred thousand volumes of publications from over 100 countries.
U.S. STATE DOCUMENTS: Over one million volumes of U.S. state documents are held by CRL.
Cooperative Regional Library Repository
A remote shelving facility is located on the Northeast Ohio University's College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) campus in Rootstown. The facility opened in March 1994. Little-used library materials from Kent, NEOUCOM, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, and Youngstown State University are moved to highly dense shelving in the climate-controlled environment of this facility. Books that are requested by Kent library users are retrieved from the depository and delivered to the Libraries within 24 to 48 hours. Titles moved to the depository in Rootstown will be returned to the main collection if their removal greatly disadvantages an academic program.
North American Title Count
Kent participates in the North American Title Count (NATC) which produces objective information about the collections of selected libraries. The NATC provides useful relational data for measuring and comparing collections by Library of Congress or National Library of Medicine classifications (e.g., HM for sociology, RC 321-431 for neurology). This information allows one to compare Kent's holdings in a given classification to other institutions. Within each classification, information is provided per institution, and includes the total number of titles, the percentage of one's collection represented, and the relative size of one's collection to all participating libraries, to similar-size libraries, and to the Library of Congress.