The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials that support the teaching and research programs of the university's Department of Chemistry. The department offers programs of study leading to the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees emphasize basic research in the chemical sciences. The department has particularly active research programs in bioenvironmental chemistry and photochemistry. Many chemistry faculty are affiliated with Tulane's Center for Bioenvironmental Research. Faculty active in photochemistry have, with support from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana, recently established a Center for Photoinduced Processes. The Chemistry Department at Tulane has seventeen full time faculty, approximately fifty-five graduate students, and ten postdoctoral associates.
Subject Resource Guide
The library collects in the general areas of inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry. Particular attention is paid to special areas of faculty interest, which include bio-organic, physical inorganic, organometallic, synthetic organic, polymer, silicon, photo- and quantum chemistry; laser spectroscopy, scattering theory, molecular recognition, photonic materials, and statistical mechanics.
The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and journals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively; recent lower-level texts may be accepted as gifts. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought only on request, except for those that come via society subscription. The library does not generally collect theses or dissertations by authors other than Tulane students, patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Videorecordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members.
To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for chemistry journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as databases searchable online. The library rarely maintains a subscription to both the print and the database version of an index, although the volumes previous to the existence of the database are always retained.
English is the predominant language of publication, but some foreign language journals are collected at the request of the faculty.
Emphasis is on current research. Historical materials of general interest in chemistry and chemical engineering are collected with the assistance of the deMilt Fund.
Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years. Items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought selectively, mostly to replace important works damaged or missing from the collection.
No geographic limitations are applied.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.
The deMilt Fund is available for materials in the history of chemistry, including materials in the history of chemical engineering. The Class of 1902 Fund may be used for books in any area of science. Each year the Ann Hero Northrup Prize honors an outstanding undergraduate woman chemistry student by purchasing materials for the library in her name.
Reviews such as those from Choice, from scientific journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection. The yearly Buyers Guide, available from the Journal of Chemical Education, is considered for titles in chemistry and related areas. Book forms automatically delivered to the library through the YBP Plan are also scanned for possible purchase.