Research & Collection Services

The Research & Collection Services (RCS) area of LIS is responsible for acquiring materials that are added to library collections, for making them available through MIDCAT, prepares them for the shelves, maintains and updates the MIDCAT database, and preserves library materials.  RCS is also the home of the reference & instruction librarians, and oversees the LIS liaison program.

Preservation & Processing

We process new materials (books and audio/visual media) being added to the collection by labeling them to indicate location and ownership and by reinforcing items as necessary to withstand shared use.  We preserve the library collections by repairing materials in the circulating collections and performing conservation treatments on materials in special collections.  We also monitor the environment and educate users on proper handling of library collections.