The libraries collect monographs, serials, government publications and maps in print, electronic and microform format, as well as audio and video resources. Electronic journals and licensed subscription databases (indices and full-text) comprise a large part of the libraries collections. These resources have become central to the collection as we make every effort to support learning wherever it occurs. The collections are housed in the Wilsonville campus library on the 4th floor and the Klamath Falls campus library in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) building.
As the University continues to revise and create new degree programs the libraries have been adept at responding appropriately within the arena of collection development. We remain focused on the demands of these curricular developments, and the broader intellectual and cultural development of the Oregon Tech community, with the careful selection of new materials and a continuing review of the collection's effectiveness. Space considerations will continue to be addressed as the University builds and adds programs.
Partnerships and Agreement with other libraries
The Library is an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance consortium, which allows it to extend access to information and materials, and enables it to participate in beneficial group purchases. In the current environment of increasing costs, technological development and new opportunities, such consortial arrangements are critical. The Libraries are committed to the continued development of their role in the Orbis Cascade Alliance and strongly endorse its cooperative collection development and resource sharing policies.
More on the Orbis Cascade Alliance
The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a library consortium composed of academic public and private institutions of higher education in the Northwest.
The Alliance provides a range of services to member libraries. Among these are the Summit union catalog, Summit Borrowing, consortial evaluation and purchase of electronic resources, and cooperative collection assessment and development.
1. The Summit Union Catalog and Summit Borrowing
Summit Borrowing is a patron-initiated borrowing service that provides courier delivery of materials from the Summit union catalog. Through Summit Borrowing, faculty, students, and staff at member institutions have on-site and automated borrowing privileges at any Orbis Cascade library.
2. Consortial Resources
The Shared Content Team provides broad oversight and leadership in the sharing of library-selected content. As experts for the consortium, the team continually assesses, manages, and develops initiatives that broaden access by providing cost-effective sharing, licensing, and description of such content.
Electronic Resources Program
The Orbis Cascade Alliance licenses digital resources such as electronic journals, electronic books, commercial databases, and reference tools. Licensing through a consortium allows the Orbis Cascade Alliance to pool technical and licensing expertise and uses the advantage of a large group for negotiating low prices and favorable terms.
Shared Collections Program
The Orbis Cascade Alliance has a rich history of cooperative collection development and supporting one-shared collection. Some notable accomplishments to that end include:
- Creation of a shared Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) program
- Establishment of policies that advise limits on the number of monograph copies purchased in the consortium (threshold policy) and requirements for notification to Alliance libraries when a last copy is withdrawn (last copy guidelines)
Funding for the collection is included in the Library's general budget, allocated annually by the College administration. Funding should be at a level to allow the library to support teaching and research, to provide for new programs and to meet inflation.