Building the Collection
Our collections encompass the diverse and dynamic nature of learning and research in the 21st century. While traditional forms of information – primarily books, but also journals, films and music – remain vital to our holdings, the shift toward digital access to texts and media is transforming the library. What it means to use, interpret and even create information is changing in profound ways, creating exciting discoveries that reach beyond the library and the classroom and out into the world via digital dialogue.
Collections librarians ensure the success of these discoveries. Six faculty work closely with VCU students and faculty to continually enhance holdings. They oversee the majority of VCU Libraries' annual expenditures, which they invest in the collection, and they welcome opportunities to assist the VCU community as collections continue to evolve in the digital environment.
In the 2012-13 academic year:
- 2.5 million volumes
- 2.4 million journal downloads
- 3.0 million searches on VCU Libraries search
- 4.5 million website visits
- 648,000 ebooks
- 60,000 digital journals
A collaborative process
Building and managing the collection is a collaborative process. The University community is invited to:
- Request a purchase: Suggest new book, DVD or journal subscriptions or database purchases.
- Monitor our planned purchases. These titles are a high priority for purchase if funds should become available.
- Give feedback: Try out trial databases.
- Request a collection librarian to help faculty members proposing new courses or programs.
Recent additions to the collection
These new materials were purchased in response to faculty requests and researchers' needs.
Electronic and other
Collection librarian contacts
- Karen Cary, Head of Collection Analysis and Investment and Social and Behavioral Sciences Collections Librarian
- Karen Gau, Head of Collections, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
- Emily Davis Winthrop, Arts Collections Librarian
- Kevin Farley, Humanities Collections Librarian
- Ibironke Lawal, Engineering and Science Collections Librarian
- Patricia Sobczak, Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian