Collection Development

Rudolph Matas Library makes through and authoritative library content selections through departmental faculty liaisons and library liaisons. It is a goal to keep and establish a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences and the librarians who provide the information and technology resources. Input from faculty, staff and students is encouraged and appreciated. Electronic format is preferred for journals. Books are purchased in print or electronic format dependent on user preference, availability and cost.

The scope of the collection of the Rudolph Matas Library of Tulane Health Sciences Center is shaped by the library's mission and the needs of its clients. The library collects current scholarly information which supports the research, clinical, administrative and educational needs of its users. The collection covers the practice of medicine and related biomedical, public health and related disciplines, research literature, methodological literature, and in-depth, authoritative analyses of areas influencing biomedicine and health care. The collection is predominantly English.

The subject emphases of the collection reflect past and present research interests at Tulane. Basic collections are also maintained in related disciplines and cross-disciplinary areas. Through cooperative networks, the library ensures access to literature not owned by the library.

The Matas Library of the Health Sciences retains some older materials of medical and historical importance, even when they are no longer of use in clinical practice. However, the Tulane collection does not currently encompass current scholarship in medical history.

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