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Comprehensive Standards 3.8.1

Last Updated August 13, 2004
(static edition)

Comprehensive Standards 3.8.1:

The institution provides facilities, services, and other learning/information resources that are appropriate to support its teaching, research, and service mission.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 6

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The University of Memphis Libraries

The University of Memphis Libraries (UML) consists of the McWherter Library and five branch libraries--Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Music, and Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. The McWherter Library, which opened in 1994, contains 250,000 square feet on four floors, all fully accessible to persons with disabilities. It has 152 individual and 22 group study rooms, accommodating over 2,000 users. [1] It houses an Adaptive Technology Lab, staffed by Student Disability Services, which contains computers with a variety of adaptive software, a Kurzweil Reader, and a Braille printer. The McWherter Library also has 221 computer (PC) data terminals throughout the building and an additional 17 in a satellite TigerLAN lab on the third floor. A full-service TigerLAN Lab, operated by the Information Technology Division, is adjacent to the front door of the McWherter Library. While the five branch libraries are adjacent to the department that each serves, the materials and services are available to all university students, faculty, and staff. These branches range in collection size from 8,154 to 42,782 bound volumes (FY2003), with additional material formats available in each branch. [2] Each branch library also provides computer (PC) access for users.

Among its holdings, the University of Memphis Libraries possesses 1.13 million bound volumes; 3.4 million pieces of microformat materials; and a wide variety of audiovisual materials. It also currently receives 13,155 periodical titles. [3] the UML provides electronic access to at least 17,000 full text journals and subscribes to 95 databases that provide online access to journals, books, newspapers, TV and radio transcripts, etc. As the Regional Federal Depository for the State of Tennessee, the UML receives everything published by the U. S. government, and presently holds over 500,000 hard-copy documents available not only to the students, faculty, and staff of the university, but also to the citizens Tennessee. The UML Government Publications Department provides access not only to Federal electronic resources made available to depository libraries, but also to purchased electronic resources supporting the use of the depository collection. [4]

All UofM students, faculty, and staff have full access to the facilities, collections, and services of the University of Memphis Libraries. Adult citizens of Tennessee and the adjoining Mid-South region may gain access with presentation of appropriate identification. The McWherter Library is open 93 hours during a typical week, with flexible scheduling during holidays and interim periods. The branch libraries maintain individual schedules appropriate to the staffing level, holidays, and interim periods.

The UML website offers access to the Libraries’ catalog of hard-copy format collections, general information on services, and direct access to all purchased electronic resources. [1

Consortia arrangements allow UofM faculty and students access to the holdings of the libraries of the other colleges and universities in Memphis and Shelby County, including Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Memphis Theological Seminary, the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, LeMoyne-Owen College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and the University of Mississippi. In addition, students may use the Memphis/Shelby County Public Library and Information Center facilities and collections.  

UML’s Interlibrary Loan Department provides access to all materials not available locally. The Libraries’ use of the ARIEL and ILLiad systems, its use of the Copyright Clearance Center services, and its participation in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ Kudzu Document Delivery Service support the services offered by the Interlibrary Loan Department to all UofM students and faculty. [5]

In accord with policies established by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), [6] program proposals submitted to curriculum committees in the university's various colleges and schools must address the sufficiency of library resources in support of such programs prior to approval. TBR also considers library resources in performance evaluations. [7] In addition, many accrediting bodies evaluate library resources in their external program reviews.  

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Library

The Law Library is administratively separate from the University of Memphis Libraries. It is housed in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Building and contains over 250,000 volumes/microformat and over 2400 active serial titles. The Law Library is available to all students and faculty of the University of Memphis. Its website includes access to electronic databases available to students in the School of Law. The UML and the Law Library cooperatively use a library management system for cataloging all holdings. [8]

Other Research Resources

The UofM maintains a number of centers that provide research opportunities for faculty and graduate students. The Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change, the Center for Applied Psychological Research, the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the Center for Research in Educational Policy, the Center for Research on Women, the FedEx Institute for Technology, and the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology are just a few of these research centers. [9]

Information Technology Resources

In addition to the learning resources provided through university libraries, the University of Memphis provides students with a variety of electronic information resources that support the institution's teaching, research, and service mission. [10]

Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Vice President Information Technology; Vice President Student Services; Dean of Libraries; Dean of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] UML Homepage
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[2] Branch Library Information
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UofM Library Holdings

UofM and Law Library Holdings

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[4] Regional Federal Depository
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[5] Interlibrary Loan
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[6] TBR Policy 2:01:01:00 Academic Program Approval
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[7] TBR Program Proposal Form - Performance and Justification
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[8] Law Library
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[9] Research facilities
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[10] UofM Response to Comprehensive Standard 3.4.14
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