The University of Iowa Libraries (www.lib.uiowa.edu) provides leadership in the creation, transmission, and preservation of knowledge to advance intellectual discovery and encourage lifelong learning. The University Libraries holds collections in various formats, including books, audio, film, multimedia, and microforms. The libraries provide access to a growing collection of electronic resources, including full-text journals. Most collections are open for browsing by all University community members; others are available upon request.
18.2 ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION.
(2) A map collection of aerial photographs, state and foreign atlases, electronic mapping programs, and other cartographic resources.
(3) Special collections of unique, rare, and valuable books, documents, and other collections. Rare books range in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books and include 4,000 "miniatures" less than three inches tall. There also are manuscript collections ranging from medieval to modern. The Iowa Authors Collection contains work of writers associated with the State of Iowa. The libraries' special collections are especially strong in the French Revolution, the Civil War, the culinary arts, political cartooning, and film and television screenwriting and production (www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll).
(4) Archives of The University of Iowa: publications, building plans, campus maps, photographs, catalogs and yearbooks, directories, student newspapers, programs of lectures, dramatic performances, athletic events, and personal papers.
(5) The Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives, which collects, organizes, describes, and preserves personal papers, manuscripts, and organizational records pertaining to Iowa women. The archives also serve as a resource to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning through its collections and outreach programs (www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa).
(6) Media collections, consisting of non-print materials such as newspapers, videotapes, DVDs, audio cassettes, and records. Film subjects range from documentaries to feature-length and foreign language films.
(7) The East Asian Collection, which acquires materials in all formats in support of the East Asian Studies programs and research at the University. It contains materials primarily in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences.
c. The branch libraries (www.lib.uiowa.edu/locations/locations) serve the sciences, the fine arts, and business.
d. The Law Library is independent of the University Libraries system and is administered by the College of Law.
18.3 COLLECTION SERVICES.
b. The general criteria used by collection management librarians for the acquisition of library materials at The University of Iowa Libraries are listed below in priority order:
(2) standard source availability (i.e., standard or "core" materials on subjects studied at the University);
(3) faculty research support;
(4) graduate student research support;
(5) subject representation (i.e., representative materials on major trends in scholarship);
(6) collection continuity (i.e., maintenance of strong existing collections); and
(7) inter-institutional agreements (i.e., agreements with other academic libraries to assume responsibility for collections in particular subject areas).
d. In selecting and deselecting information resources, the libraries fully subscribe to the Library Bill of Rights (www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill) issued by the American Library Association. Among other rights, this statement affirms that no materials should be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of its creators, that materials selected should reflect all points of view on current and historical issues, and that censorship should be challenged.
18.4 REFERENCE AND LIBRARY INSTRUCTION.
b. Reference and information services are available at several locations in the Main Library, at all of the branch libraries, and at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. In addition to walk-in services, faculty, staff, and students can receive reference and information assistance via telephone, e-mail, and Internet chat services (www.lib.uiowa.edu/ref).
c. Librarians provide a free research consultation service to University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students. This service is customized for the individual user and provides access and direction to research materials that pertain to the user's specific project or thesis.
18.5 ACCESS SERVICES.
b. All of the University Libraries -- Main Library, the branch libraries, and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences -- provide reserve collections in support of classroom teaching (www.lib.uiowa.edu/services/courseres).
c. Access to materials not held by University Libraries may be arranged through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services provided by the Main Library and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, or through any of the branch libraries (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/services/illdd). University Libraries maintains consortial agreements with the State of Iowa Regents libraries, the National Library of Medicine's Regional Medical Library Network, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago).