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University of Virginia
Core Requirements 2.9 Learning Resources and Services
Core Requirements, Institutional Accreditation, U.Va.
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Reference material collections include dictionaries and encyclopedias in both print and electronic format; online
catalogs and book-finders such as Books in Print; directories with company and industry information;
biographical sources and information about the U.S. and international governments.
The Health Sciences Library
The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library offers a comprehensive collection of materials in biomedical and health
sciences literature to support the University of Virginia Health System patient care, teaching, and research programs.
In addition, the Library serves as a resource for biomedical information for the community, the Commonwealth and the
nation as a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
As of June 30, 2005, the Health Sciences Library collection contained 195,296 printed volumes, 2,281 serial
subscriptions, and 15,296 microforms. The Health Sciences Library’s non-print materials included 31,172 graphic
materials, 1,304 sound recordings, 2,773 films and videotapes, and 67,378 digital objects. The Library’s electronic
resources included 1,688 journal titles and 382 book titles.
The Historical and Special Collections Division of the Library houses historical material. Included in this collection are
the Adolph Lomb Optical Collection, the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, and the Kerr White Health
Care Collection.
The Law Library
The Law Library is one of the largest law libraries in the country. Its collection includes a comprehensive research
library of Anglo-American law, with special emphases in several areas as determined by the curricular and research
strengths of the School of Law. Maritime law scholars around the world know its outstanding Oceans Collection.
As of June 30, 2005, the Law Library contained 882,770 volumes and volume equivalents. The collection includes
260,265 printed monograph titles; 11,275 active serial subscriptions; and 13,392 microform titles. The Law Library
collection surpasses the requirements set forth in the American Bar Association Standards for Approval of Law Schools.
The Law Library buys 22 percent of the Federal Depository Library Program holdings, tailoring Library collections to
meet the needs of the University community. The library complies with the Government Printing Office’s rules and
recommendations for collection development and access.
Among the Law Library’s special collections are titles chosen by Thomas Jefferson for the University Library when it
opened in 1825, as well as first editions of leading scholars in English common law, including Glanville, Coke, Bracton,
and Blackstone.
The Graduate School of Business Administration Library
This library supports the research and education needs of the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of
Business Administration. This is accomplished by the acquisition, organization, preservation, and provision of access to
business information resources pertinent to the curriculum and research activities of the Darden community.
As of June 30, 2005, the library contained over 103,175 printed volumes. The collection includes 1,600 printed
monograph titles and 400 active serials subscriptions. The electronic journal collection includes access to over 8,400
titles. The library allocates 40 percent of the library annual operating budget for the purchase of business information
The library includes a comprehensive research collection of business information resources in both printed and digital
formats. Collection development activities reflect the graduate level business curriculum, faculty research activities,
and mission statements of Darden research institutes.
3. Collaborative Associations
The University of Virginia supplements its library collections through collaborative associations with other institutions.
For example, the Interlibrary Loan Service obtains materials not owned by the University from libraries around the
The University of Virginia is a member of The Virtual Library of Virginia, a consortium of the nonprofit academic
libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia that provides access to digital resources, including journals, reference
sources, and citation/indexing/abstracting databases. The consortium is funded primarily through direct appropriation
from the Commonwealth of Virginia, but funds from individual institutions, including the University of Virginia,
supplement this appropriation. The University community benefits by receiving access to additional electronic
resources; e.g., in the 2005 fiscal year, 32 percent of articles downloaded through the University Library were funded
by this program
The University also participates in ad hoc collaborations with other college and university libraries in Virginia to
purchase access to high-impact and expensive materials, such as Elsevier’s Science Direct and GeoRef.
The University Library’s participates in multiple digital library research and development associations to further the
development of digital initiatives. Collaborations include: Aquifer; Digital Library Federation and its Open Archives
Initiative (a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services); Flexible and Extensible Digital Object
and Repository Architecture (Fedora™), the underlying infrastructure for the Digital Library Repository, developed
jointly by the University Library and the Cornell Digital Library Research Group; and CLOCKSS (preservation of access
to web-based collections).
During the 2005 fiscal year, new and ongoing grants and partnerships included a $1,400,000 Mellon Foundation grant
for the development of Fedora™ software and a $50,000 Florence Gould Foundation grant to produce digital facsimiles
of 16th-century books in the Douglas Gordon Collection.
The University Library is collaborating with the California Digital Library and the University of California libraries to
develop digital tools for a large collection of digital materials related to the social and ecological diversity of the
American west. The project is funded by the Hewlett Foundation.
In conjunction with the University of South Carolina, the Library is in the process of completing negotiations with
Thomson Gale to digitize the fragile Bruccoli Great War Collection. The published series will be freely accessible to the
entire University community.
4. Selection and Adequacy of Collections
The University engages in ongoing efforts to ensure that its collections and resources are sufficient to support its
educational, research, and public service programs. See, for example, the 2004-2005 University of Virginia Library
Statistics Report.
The University Library
A Collections Group is responsible for the development of collections in all formats, materials fund allocation and
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