The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching programs in the School of Management. The Yale School of Management (SOM) was founded in 1976. Management and business-related collections prior to then may reflect ties to the former Department of Administrative Science and the Department of Economics, but 1976 marks the beginning of collecting materials in most aspects of business and management at Yale.
Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported
Departments and Programs:
The collections are designed to meet the needs of the degree programs offered at SOM, including the Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA for Executives, PhD Program, and specialized Master’s degrees in Systemic Risk and Global Business and Society; Yale does not have an undergraduate business program.
The collection also supports SOM’s various research centers and initiatives, including:
- Center for Customer Insights
- International Center for Finance
- Program on Entrepreneurship
- Program on Social Enterprise
- Center for Business and the Environment
- Program on Financial Stability
Present collecting emphasizes leadership, organizational behavior, finance, accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations.
Formats and materials acquired generally:
Historically monographs, serials, and reference materials were purchased fairly evenly across areas of the curriculum. Ongoing acquisitions favor electronic products almost to the exclusion of print resources. This includes electronic directories and databases featuring company and industry profiles and reports, financial data and statistics, and market research reports and publications.
Materials acquired selectively:
- Basic materials, such as those aimed at the general investor
- Reference works, such as business encyclopedias or dictionaries
Formats and materials not collected:
- Instructor’s materials
- Juvenile works
- Software manuals unrelated to specialized scientific software or applications
Materials collected are in English.
Chronological and geographical focus
Current materials are emphasized.
No geographic areas are excluded.
Collaborations within Yale
- Within Marx Science and Social Science Library, there is significant collaboration with the Data Librarian for selecting, acquiring, manipulating, and storing business research data. Additionally, there is collaboration with the selector for economics to build the collection in the area of finance, and some partnership with the selector for psychology for materials related to organizational behavior.
- SOM offers joint degree programs with the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and other professional schools. Librarians collaborate to acquire materials related to these joint degree areas, particularly with resources related to law, public health, health care, and the environment and sustainability.
- The Economic Growth Center collection at Marx Library includes statistical data, including national censuses, from developing and developed countries around the world.
- Yale Library supports entrepreneurial research for the University community, and acquires databases and collects publications that assist Yale entrepreneurs in their efforts. In the management collection, this includes market and industry research databases, business plans, and contemporary literature on entrepreneurship and business start-ups.
- Yale Library collects publications through the depository programs of the U.S. federal government, Canadian federal government, United Nations, European Union, and Food & Agriculture Organization (see the Collection Development Statement for Government Documents and Information).