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Information Resources Management Department


Main Floor, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Telephone: (413) 545-2091  

Fax: (413) 545-6494 

Department Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Department Head

Gary Hough 

(413) 545-6856  

Staff Directory

The Information Resources Management Department consists of four sub-units: Acquisitions, Bibliographic Access and Metadata, Electronic Resources, and Materials Management.

Acquisitions Unit

Coordinator: Scott Stangroom

The Acquisitions Unit is responsible for ordering and evaluating all materials for the UMass Amherst Libraries, including books, periodicals, microforms, DVD's, and CD's, digital and online resources (e.g., e-journals, e-books, and databases). 

If you wish to donate materials to the Library, contact James R. Kelly, Humanities Bibliographer, at (413) 545-3981 or

If you wish to suggest an item for purchase, please use the Suggest New Material form.

Bibliographic Access and Metadata Unit

Coordinator: Meghan Banach Bergin  

The Bibliographic Access and Metadata Unit catalogs library materials in all formats, corrects errors and records changes in the Library Catalog.  Cataloging is the process of providing a description of an item, assigning a call number, assigning headings by which an item can be accessed in the Library Catalog, and providing cross-references to authorized forms of headings. This Unit also assists other Library departments with metadata creation and advises in the evaluation and selection of current and emerging metadata schema for digital collections within the Libraries. 

To report on errors or inconsistencies in the Library Catalog, contact  

Electronic Resources Unit

Coordinator: Linda Matson

The Electronic Resources Unit is responsible for licensing and providing access to internet-based resources such as electronic journals, databases, and electronic books.  This Unit also provides technical support and troubleshooting for electronic resources. 

For assistance in connecting to online resources, email

Electronic Resource Vendors should contact: 

Electronic Resources Blog:

Library News about Electronic Resources - The good web content for which we pay real money

Materials Management Unit

Manager: Lisa Persons

The Materials Management Unit physically processes library materials in preparation for shelving, and repairs and preserves library books.  Physical processing involves applying call numbers and barcode labels, ownership stamps, book pockets or plates, and security devices to items added to the Library's collections.  The Materials Management Unit also coordinates transfers of materials in and out of the Library for various purposes such as transfers to offsite storage and special projects like digitization.


Mailing Address:

Information Resources Management Department
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Shipping (UPS) Address: 

Information Resources Management Department
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
South College Loading Dock
University of Massachusetts Amherst
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9275



Information Resources Management Department Documentation:

UMass Amherst Libraries: Information Resources Management Staff Wiki


For comments or suggestions concerning this page, please contact: Meghan Banach 


Last Edited: 8 March 2012