Acquisitions and Collection Development
Decisions to acquire materials for, and management of, our collections are made through:
Liaison relationships and activities with students, faculty and staff to determine relevance to the curriculum.
Consulting reviews of information resources in professional publications.
Examining usage statistics, faculty opinion, and expense.
A five-year collection weeding cycle.
Decisions to add or remove computers or new technologies are made by:
Surveying faculty and students annually, to assess current needs.
Consulting with IT to determine feasibility and required specifications.
The Library provides appropriate instruction and support for students, faculty and staff by:
Participation in the AskWA 24/7 virtual reference program, which provides 24/7
access for students, faculty and staff to a MLS-prepared reference librarian.
Bibliographic instruction – one shot sessions
Instruction provided to students at the reference desk and in Book-A-Librarian
individual research assistance sessions.
Link to the library and its services in every Canvas classroom
Library Liaison program. Liaison librarian for specific disciplines contacts faculty
for any new course approved through the Instructional Council for the purpose of
identifying materials in support of the curriculum and to offer instructional
Course Reserves system, for student check out of course textbooks or other
supportive materials, placed on reserve by faculty.
The Library regularly and systematically evaluates the quality, adequacy, use and security of its information resources and services via:
Annual surveys of both students and faculty. Changes to services and programs are made based on the outcomes.
Liaison program, whereby faculty librarians consult with academic faculty to assure the availability of needed materials in the collection for support of the curriculum.
Participation in two nationally recognized surveys: The Association of College and research Libraries (ACRL) annual survey and the American Libraries (ALS) biennial survey from the National Center for Educational Statistics.
Usage statistics. Acquisition decisions are evidence-based.
Staff and faculty evaluations
Annual inventory of collections
Purchase of new theft detection system for our new location. All materials are barcoded. Patrons must be registered users to borrow materials.
Participation in the campus wide single sign on credentialing system for use of computer technologies on campus.
Development of Library Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)