Collections & Content
Revised April 19, 2018
Includes the units: E-Resources and Metadata Management, Collections, Acquisitions, E-Learning/Reserves, Annex
Our definition of collections includes:
- Local collections (purchases, licensed subscriptions, Guelph’s “open collection” contributions to the network)
- Borrowed collections (through ILL/DD)
- Networked collections (shared print, consortially licensed digital content, external open Internet content)
- Collections of use: content central to current curriculum and research activities at the University of Guelph
- Collections of record: Guelph’s contributions to the stewardship of the scholarly record
Our mandate is to:
Build and manage “collections of use” that are:
- Central to evolving curriculum and research activities at the University of Guelph
- Easily discoverable and accessible – including AODA compliance
- Available in a timely manner and responsive to user needs
- Interoperable with the full range of academic tools scholars and students use in their everyday lives
- Constantly evolving as scholarship and the curriculum changes
- Build and curate print “collections of record” in a small number of areas
- Build and curate digital "collections of record" in a small number of areas
- Establish protocols around the full life cycle of collections: procurement, contracts/licensing, access, troubleshooting, metadata schema, review, preservation, and withdrawal, along with a modified TERMS (Techniques for “EVERY kind of” Resource Management) model to frame our approach to the collections workflow.
Engage in evidence-informed decision making using a variety of sources:
- Quantitative data
- Qualitative data
- University curriculum documents and plans
- Formal course/program/ assessments
- Leverage collections resources to support the transition to open access scholarship
- Implement tools (discovery systems, OER platforms) and services “at scale” to improve effective user access to scholarly collections
- Demonstrate the impact of library collections on teaching and research at Guelph
Connect with other teams to:
- Work collectively on a distributed model of collections
- Provide metadata expertise to other teams
- Develop Staff priorities and expertise
- Negotiate and advocate for the best possible terms (including privacy and AODA compliance) for our users
- Be prudent fiscal stewards
- Collaboratively provide outstanding user-focused service
What's new in our collections?
See Collections Updates for all of the latest information about our collections.
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Collections & Content Staff
General Library Enquiries? Get in touch.
Looking for someone specific? See our staff list below.
|First Name||Last Name||Title|
|Mary||Purdy||Library Assistant, E-Learning & Reserves|
|Meghan||Ecclestone||Collections & Content Librarian|
|Pam||Jacobs||Head, Collections & Content|
|Paul||St-Pierre||Collections & Content Librarian for Sciences|
|Paula||Barton||Library Technician, Government Publications and Collections Maintenance|