The Information Resources Unit is primarily responsible for acquiring, making available and ongoing management of resources in a wide variety of formats (digital, print, DVD and audio-visual materials and micro-formats). The IR Unit oversees a budget of approximately $6 million per year to build collections which support the University of Guelph's core missions of teaching and research.
The IR Unit develops policies for the effective evaluation, selection and de-selection of information resources and plays the central role on campus for the licensing of electronic resources, online course reserve materials and media site licenses.
The IR Unit is comprised of the following inter-related operational groups: Collections & Acquisitions, E-learning and TUG Annex Services, and Media Services:
The IRC is comprised of various representatives from across the library (Acquisitions & Collections, Evaluation and Analysis, and Guelph-Humber) and is chaired by the Head, Information Resources. The IRC provides both strategic and operational-level oversight of collections resources in support of the needs of the University's user community and optimizes expenditures based on strategic guidelines and priorities. In addition, the IRC advances the library's mandate to support a range of Open Access publishing initiatives.
The IR Unit develops and maintains a large amount of budgetary, statistical and evaluative data to support the core functions of the library and to guide decision making.