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Library Divisions

The Claremont Colleges Library is organized into three divisions, in addition to Library Administration, which includes operations and strategy.

Collections, Metadata, and Resource Sharing provides leadership in the Library’s collection strategy, materials-budget management, and Resource Sharing through interlibrary loans to provide increased access to resources for students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges. The division librarians and staff perform duties related to selecting, assessing, acquiring, and making discoverable and accessible information resources in all formats for The Claremont Colleges user community.

Distinctive Collections & Digital Scholarship collaboratively leads the Library’s digital initiatives and its special collections and archives. Librarians and staff in this division support open publishing, data and digital scholarship, the creation and curation of digital assets, and the enhancement of research, teaching, and learning through special collections and archives. The division works to apply digital strategies to preserve, enhance, and expand access to distinctive print-based collections and primary source materials while also building awareness of and support for digital archives and digital repositories through the Claremont Colleges Digital Library and the Scholarship@Claremont institutional repository. Two units within this division, Special Collections and the Asian Library, collect, preserve, and make available collections that span more than 900 years of human history and covering a broad range of subjects, including literature, history, science, politics, religion, and the arts. Special Collections also holds archives of The Claremont Colleges, and the Asian Library acquires current print and digital materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to support Asian Studies research, teaching, and learning. Staff members provide a full array of research support and instruction services to the students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges and the wider scholarly community.

Research, Teaching, and User Services partners with faculty and staff across The Claremont Colleges to empower students to become confident, critical, and collaborative information users and creators. Teaching & Subject Librarians in this division are committed to providing learner-centered and customized instruction aimed at developing critical information literacy habits of mind within the evolving scholarly communication landscape. The division’s librarians also provide research assignment consultations for faculty, research appointments, reference services, workshops, outreach to the colleges and academic departments, and collection development that supports curricula and the research interests of faculty and students. User Services provides a seamless, user-centered, welcoming experience which anticipates, prioritizes, supports, and exceeds the local access needs of our patrons virtually as well as in clean, safe, and engaging spaces. Division programs include a Student Assistant Program, which supports the organization in providing Claremont Colleges students with meaningful opportunities to work with librarians and staff while contributing to Library services, and Course Readings, which provides access to required texts assigned by faculty each semester.