The DePaul University Library has engaged in an active review of its collections program in recent years to ensure that we are best able to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of our faculty and students. Among the initiatives we have pursued as part of this review have been increased attention to the acquisition of e-books, including substantial collections such as Early English Books Online, establishment of new resource sharing programs such as the OCLC Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Program, collaboration with our users to identify high-need items for acquisition through demand-driven acquisition programs managed both locally and as part of our state-wide consortium (CARLI), targeted acquisition of print and digital materials to support new academic programs in areas such as sustainability, health sciences, and more.
During Spring 2014, library staff are engaging faculty colleagues across the university to determine current collection needs, with special attention to print journal subscriptions and licensed electronic resources. Faculty feedback, along with data collected through consortial partners on interlibrary loan use and data collected through commercial vendors on the use of licensed resources, will help to guide decisions that we must make during Summer 2014 regarding re-allocation of resources across our collections program. This re-allocation will allow the library to continue to align resources available for faculty and student use with its annual budgetary parameters, and to do so within an environment where the cost of library materials continues to inflate.
If you have any questions about the library resources currently available to support teaching, learning, and research in your areas of interest, please contact your liaison librarian.