Collection Management

The Collection Management division secures and provides access to electronic and printed resources, both proactively and in response to the evolving needs of faculty and students. In doing so librarians investigate sources, negotiate and purchase subscriptions to books and journals. They also create and edit bibliographic information in the library’s catalog so that resources are easily discoverable.

The division is responsible for Becker Library’s robust interlibrary loan and document delivery services, which conveniently connect patrons to resources from libraries at other institutions as well as Becker Library itself.


FY20 collection usage

The Collection Management Division worked with the library’s web and technology team to integrate Becker Library’s catalog with the Washington University Libraries catalog and migrate to their existing Sierra platform. Making both collections searchable from one platform was outlined as a goal in Becker Library’s most recent strategic plan. This project was done in close collaboration with Washington University Libraries and consumed most of the second half of the year.


Working with a Washington University faculty member, Becker Library brokered a deal where Elsevier, at its expense, would digitize the entire run of the Journal of Thoracic Surgery (1931-1959) with the permission of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

FY20 items added to collection

As part of the deal, Elsevier promised to make all the digitized content freely available online, and all volumes will be returned to Becker Library upon completion of the project.

Becker Library provided all 37 volumes from its remaining print journal collection, as well as 10 selected volumes of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery to complete that title’s content.


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