Collection Development

Marlene Bishop, MLIS
Head, Collection Development

Phone: 504-568-6109



Recommend a book for purchase or add a book to Course Reserves
Add a personal book to Course Reserves
Donate to the library

Valerie Hernandez
Technical Services Associate

Phone: 504-568-6107



Gifts and Donations Policy
Reserves Policy

Technical Services email


The mission of the Collection Development Department is to build and maintain a library collection that supports the academic and research needs of the LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. As such, the department is responsible for routine evaluation, selection, and acquisition of new resources in the subject areas that pertain to the various schools and centers of excellence. The current collection includes access to over 12,000 online and print journal titles, over 1,500 e-books, and over 58,000 print monographs.

The department orders, processes, and pays for new materials and manages the Libraries' acquisitions budget. All students and faculty are encouraged to recommend resources which will enhance and update the collection in their areas of study and/or expertise. Book recommendations can be submitted to the Collection Development Department via email or in person using the Book Request form. To recommend a journal, email the title and publisher information to  Rebecca Bealer, Serials Librarian.

The reserve collections were established to ensure access to resources that are heavily used such as required course textbooks and core health sciences texts. Reserve materials are shelved behind the circulation desk at each Library. Reserve materials are restricted to in-library use, however many items are available for overnight checkout. For more information please refer to our Reserves Policy.

Library books that are required for a course can be placed on reserve for the semester(s) in which the course is being taught. Each semester, teaching faculty should submit a complete and current book list or syllabus to their corresponding librarian liaison. Book requests can also be submitted directly to the Collection Development Department via email or in person using the Book Request form.

In the event that the Library is unable to obtain a copy of a book needed for a course, a personal copy can be placed on reserve. The item will receive a barcode and be added to the Library Catalog for the duration of its use. To place a personal copy of a book on reserve, complete and print a Personal Reserve Request form and bring your materials and the form to your librarian liaison or the Collection Development Department. Your reserve will be processed as soon as possible.

Reserve books are searchable in the Library Catalog via a Course Reserves search. For more information on how to use Course Reserves, please refer to our tutorial. If your course is not listed in the catalog, email your librarian liaison or the Collection Development Department to have it added.

Gifts and Donations
The LSUHSC New Orleans Libraries appreciate gifts of books, journals and other materials that support and enhance the educational and research needs of the University. While current materials are preferred, historical items and those items related to the University make welcome additions to our Old & Rare and Archival collections.

Small donations of 10 items or less may be delivered to the Circulation Desks at any time during Library hours. Please fill out a Donation form and we will send a formal acknowledgment for your gift. For donations larger than 10 items, please contact the Head of Collection Development, Marlene Bishop, to discuss the donation in greater detail.

For donations consisting only of journals, please contact Rebecca Bealer, Serials Librarian. For donations to the Dental Library, contact Head Dental Librarian, Julie Schiavo. For more information, please refer to our Gifts and Donations Policy.

Updated April 2023