Research Collections Guidelines
[NOTE: The Research Collection program has been on hiatus since the 2008/2009 academic year. No proposals will be accepted and no awards made. The program is being reviewed. Please send any ideas or comments about the program to Kay Downey , Collection Management Librarian.]
The following guidelines, along with current collection development guidelines, will assist University Libraries in determining which proposals will receive highest priority for purchase.
Only research collections costing $1,000 or more will be considered. Less expensive collections normally can be acquired through departmental library funds.
Primary research materials in any format will be considered.
Secondary research materials (e.g. journal indexes) or materials requiring a continuing commitment of funds (e.g. journal subscription) will not be considered.
Generally, a collection will not be considered if it is available for loan through the Center for Research Libraries or another institution, particularly an OhioLINK member.
Proposals will receive higher priority if they include some financial support for the purchase from the library allocation of the applicant’s academic unit.
- A proposal that is not recommended for funding in one year may be resubmitted in the following year(s).
A three member faculty committee will advise the Head of Acquisitions on which research collections are to be considered for purchase. One of the factors taken into account is how a proposed collection adds to existing collection strengths or supports new areas of research interest.
Examples of Previously Funded Research Proposals
Available in the following formats:
Some Major Research Collection Websites
- UMI ProQuest Research Collections http://www.umi.com/en-US/catalogs/collections/rc-search.shtml
- Adam Matthew Publications www.ampltd.co.uk
- Thomson/Gale gale.cengage.com/servlet/SearchPageServlet?region=9&imprint=745
- Lexis/Nexis, CIS Publications, and University Publications of America Research Collections www.lexisnexis.com/academic
- Readex www.readex.com
Questions about these guidelines and the proposal form should be directed to Kay Downey, Collection Management Librarian, 379 Library, 330-672-5000.