Collections Policies

Tulane logoThe following are collection development policies for Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, including those for the general collections that support Tulane's academic departments on its uptown campus.  Each subject area policy below is a detailed statement outlining selection considerations in relation to subject scope and to preferences for publication types, formats, language, geographic origin, and more.  These policies are maintained by the librarians who do the selecting, based on regular communication with faculty in their liason departments.  For more information contact Andy Corrigan, Associate Dean of Libraries.

Interdisciplinary General Collection Areas

Program Support

Tulane University offers undergraduate and graduate courses through departments and programs (which are sometimes named centers). While departments have their own faculty and offer large numbers of courses on their own, the structure of programs varies widely. Most programs are interdisciplinary and cross-departmental, drawing participating faculty and their courses from a variety of departments. A few programs, however, offer relatively large numbers of courses independently.

Therefore, to organize collection support, programs with significant numbers of courses independently listed in the catalog will, like departments, have their own policies and funds. Not counted are courses such as introductory level courses, independent study courses, special topics courses, and thesis seminars.  Another factor weighed is whether a program has its own faculty not associated a department. (Historically this has often indicated the transition of an established program into eventual department status.)

Otherwise, programs are covered by the library's regular support for departments and monitored by librarians assigned to the departments most closely associated with them. 


Special Collections Policies

These Special Collections departments also have collection policies.

 Manuals and Guidelines

These documents are internal guidelines used by the library to assist with its collection management.

Collection Development Manual Preservation Policy Gifts Guidelines for the General Collections Policy on Open Access Materials

See also: Guidelines for Withdrawing Materials from the Collections

Collections Tools

A wealth of information and data for collections-related planning at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is maintained in a research guide for the library's Collections Group that includes all librarians with general collections responsibilities as well as department and unit heads from related areas in Special Collections, the Latin American Library, Technical Services, and User Services and Library IT.  

Links to Information About Using the Collections

September 2019