Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials that support the teaching and research programs of the university's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The department offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The department also offers an undergraduate major in Environmental Biology. The department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology emphasizes three main areas of academic inquiry: tropical biology, wetlands ecology, and global change biology. More specifically, studies of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and global systems focus on conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, evolutionary biology, global change, tropical ecology, and systematics. Research is centered geographically in the subtropics — especially Louisiana — and the tropics.
Subject Resource Guide
Selection emphasis is in the areas of general and systematic zoology and botany, ecology, evolutionary biology, population biology, marine/estuarine biology, environmental biology and toxicology, biochemistry, and physiology. In collecting monographs, particular emphasis is placed on materials covering current and emerging research methodologies in ecology and evolutionary biology. Texts on modern statistical and analytical methods, and mathematical modeling in ecology, are also acquired.
The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and periodicals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought upon request. The library does not generally collect patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Video recordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members.
To broaden access, journals are sought online when available. Print may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Monographs and other materials are generally purchased as printed text, although an increasing number of books are available electronically, especially reference works such as encyclopedias and handbooks. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as online databases. The library generally avoids purchasing current indexes in print format, and has begun discarding older index volumes that are duplicated electronically.
English is the predominant language of publication, but some foreign language journals are collected at the request of the faculty.
Emphasis is on current research, although the collection contains much old and valuable biological material in the area of taxonomy and natural history. Scientific biography and history of science are acquired selectively.
Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years. Items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought mostly to replace classical works damaged or missing from the collection or by special request.
The collection relates to all geographical regions but is especially strong in materials pertaining to sub-tropical regions, as well as the Gulf of Mexico basin, Caribbean, and Latin America. Materials from arid, alpine, or circumpolar regions are acquired selectively.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.
The Class of 1902 Fund may be used for books in any area of science.
Reviews such as those from Choice, from biological and other scientific journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection, as are book notices delivered to the library through the YBP Plan.