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Welcome to the Collections Projects page! We'll keep this updated with current and recent projects that are intended to improve the collection's access and/or usability. For information on the library's 2021-23 Collection Management Project, please click here.
• VHS Digitization
: Beginning in January 2020, the library will digitize its remaining collection of VHS tapes. It's necessary to do so because VHS is now obsolete, the last manufacturer of VHS playback now having ceased operations. Further, VHS tapes degrade over time. We are changing these tapes' format so that they'll be able to be viewed by our users. To request access to a tape and/or to have it digitized, please email us
. Once the tapes have been digitized, a user will be able to find them in the library catalog and contact the library for access, which will most often be provided via Moodle.
Recognizing the need to optimize interlibrary loan operations, the library joined the IDS project in 2020. This library cooperative improves our back-end routing of interlibrary loan requests, and enables us to make service more efficient by automating certain procedures.
Along with our CTW partners, we've enrolled in Rapid ILL, a service that dramatically decreases the time it takes to receive a book or article. Articles now are typically received in a few hours, while books take only a day or two. For loaning and borrowing print books, our cooperative agreements include the Oberlin Group; EAST, a large print retention consortium (see below link); and a group of New England institutions.
EAST (Eastern Academic Scholars Trust)
EAST is a consortium of libraries that is dedicated to using cooperative services to manage print collections. Encompassing 60 academic and research libraries from Maine to Florida, it asks members to commit to retaining materials to ensure that older or little-used print resources are retained. What's more, through Rapid ILL (see above link) we also have an interlibrary loan agreement with EAST libraries, so that materials that are collectively retained can be quickly sent to participating libraries.