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At Ohio University Libraries, collections include multiple formats, some very familiar to faculty and students, such as books, online databases and e-books, films and audio tapes; and other, more unique formats, such as textiles, art objects, historic letters and manuscripts and born-digital materials.
These general collections contain a vast breadth and depth of scholarly information that encompasses a diverse representation of voices, scholarship, study, opinion and creativity cultivated for over 200 years—and are the core of the Libraries’ support for research and curricular activities.
The Libraries Enrichment Fund enables the Libraries to use these funds as a source for diversity in the continued expansion of OHIO’s collections. Some recent acquisitions include:
- “Woman Against Woman,” a 1869 edition by Florence Marry, a successful author and actress from the 1800s
- "Blacks & Whites,” a 1970 controversial Monopoly-style board game intended to demonstrate social and economic inequities published by Psychology Today
- “Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock,” by Morninglight Films, documenting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s peaceful resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline’s underground lines through their land and the Missouri River
- “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” a film by Michigan State University documenting the story of the Flint Water Crisis
The continued challenge for librarians today is to make these core collections available and accessible not only for current use, but also to meet the needs of future scholarship—for all OHIO students and faculty.