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About Collection Management Services

In addition to the daily operations of the Oak Street Library, the Oak Street Library – Collection Management Services unit is responsible for a number of ongoing functions within the Library.

These including receiving and processing gifts of materials to the Library, transferring materials to the Oak Street Library from other libraries across campus, and assisting libraries with collection management projects such as transfers or cataloging backlogs.

The University of Illinois Library holds over 16 million items in more than 20 locations across the Urbana-Champaign campus. With a collection this large and distributed, collaboration is essential to the ongoing success of the Library. The Collection Management Services unit provides support library-wide, generating reports, updating records, and working on multiple projects each year.

Our staff are also central to the Library’s participation in two major endeavors with the Big Ten Academic Alliance:

  • The Google Book Search Project is a partnership between the BTAA and Google to digitize as many as 10 million volumes across all Big Ten Academic Alliance library systems.
  • The Shared Print Repository is a shared collection of print journal backfile volumes for journals that are now available electronically. This allows member institutions to withdraw duplicates of these materials to create space for new collections.