Institutional Profiles of the Partners
The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a consortial organization of
Founded in 1977 and based on cooperation among academic research libraries of the Research Triangle dating back to 1933, TRLN’s main activities build upon a long history of cooperation by facilitating:
cooperative collection development
joint licensing of electronic resources
cooperative preservation and
joint staff development programs.
TRLN also creates new library and information services, develops and pursues strategic partnerships, and seeks to enhance the members’ abilities to deliver information and services in a technologically advanced environment.
Established in 1931 SILS was ranked first in the nation for overall excellence in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of 50 accredited graduate schools of information and library science.
SILS is home to 252 master's degree students, 50 doctoral students, 43 undergraduate majors, 25 minors and five certificate of advanced study students. Its professional degree programs in library science and information science are fully accredited by the American Library Association. There are 22 full-time teaching faculty members and about 25 adjunct and visiting faculty members associated with SILS each academic year.
The libraries of Duke University consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its six branches on campus: Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Math-Physics, Lilly and Music; the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort; and the independently administered libraries of the professional schools: Business, Divinity, Law, and Medicine.
The combined book collections number more than five million volumes. Among the other holdings available to students and faculty are
17.7 million manuscripts
1.2 million public documents
Tens of thousands of films and videos
Audio recordings and serials
More than 7000 computer files
In addition, an array of resources and services is available electronically from the university's libraries.
The Duke University Medical Center Library is a leader in advancing the role of information services in the biomedical and health care settings within the University. The Medical Center Library serves a diverse academic, research and health care community and is the primary library for the Duke University Medical Center and Health System, including the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Duke Hospital, and health system members.
Within the Medical Center and its schools there are over 430 medical students, 232 allied health students at the masters and doctorate levels, 240 nursing students in baccalaureate, masters and PhD programs, more than 800 residents and fellows, and approximately 370 graduate students, primarily PhD candidates, in the basic sciences. The Library serves over 1,500 regular faculty, as well as adjunct faculty in off-campus locations. The Hospital has over 6,000 employees in addition to the 5,000 staff members in the Medical Center who support academic and research activities. The Library is open to the general public and serves Duke patients, consumers, and students and faculty from local universities and colleges.
North Carolina Central University is a comprehensive university offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is the nation's first public liberal arts institution founded for African Americans. The University maintains a strong liberal arts tradition and a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse educational and cultural environment.
Library resources at NCCU are located in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the Music Library, the Library of the School of Library and Information Sciences, and the Library of the School of Law. These libraries contain a total of over 850,000 volumes, and subscribe to approximately 5000 periodicals. Access to these collections is provided by an integrated online catalog and circulation system.
Since its construction in 1950 at the center of the campus, the Shepard Library has served as the primary resource for teaching, research and scholarship at NCCU. A major expansion of the building in 1976 increased the total number of square feet to 104,364. In 2001, Information Technology Services designated the Library as the location for the main student computer laboratory.
As one of the nation's outstanding land-grant universities, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers doctoral degrees in 54 fields of study.
The library system consists of a central library and branch libraries for design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of 302 FTE, the Libraries has over 3 million volumes, acquires more than 47,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of more than $23 million, with approximately $8.5 million allocated to collections. The NCSU Libraries is the lead server site for NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education), a multi-type library initiative, making digital resources accessible to the citizens of North Carolina.
North Carolina State University Libraries has been recognized as the first recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for its teamwork, innovation, and continuous interaction with students and faculty to further the educational mission of NC State University.
Nearly three dozen libraries, located in over a score of sites, support the University of North Carolina’s academic and professional programs. Campus libraries have more than three hundred staff, and their combined holdings exceed 5,000,000 volumes, 4,000,000 microforms, 2,000,000 printed government publications, 16,000,000 manuscripts, hundreds of thousands of audiovisuals, maps and photographs, and thousands of electronic titles. In terms of subject scope, campus libraries cover most areas of the fine arts, biomedical and physical sciences, humanities, law, and social sciences.
The Library of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first public university library, has been built by the efforts of students, faculty, librarians, staff, and devoted friends of the University for a period of over two centuries. In that time, it has changed greatly and grown beyond what those who gave it birth could have imagined, but its mission remains the same. Its collections and services provide access to cumulated human knowledge in all formats for the University's students, faculty, staff, associated researchers, and the citizens of North Carolina in support of their study, research, teaching, scholarship, publishing, community service, and cultural enrichment.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library
The Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides state-of-the-art health information resources, training, and access on and off-site. The Library serves a broad array of constituencies in the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, UNC Hospitals, and North Carolina Area Health Education Center, the statewide program for health professional education.
The Library is nationally recognized for leadership in outreach and education services. The Library provides unique Web presentation of electronic resources and services through the UNCLE system and HSL web site. NC Health Info and the AHEC Digital Library are two examples of the Library’s vision and leadership. In 2003, the Health Sciences Library launched NC Health Info providing access to local health services, providers and programs serving residents of North Carolina and connected with the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEplus. The AHEC Digital is designed to be the first choice portal to the Internet for all NC healthcare professionals. Over the last three years, the Library has demonstrated its commitment to education and training of health information professionals by hosting six post-graduate fellows, serving as mentors/preceptors and employers of information and library science graduate
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