Maxwell Library encourages a partnership between faculty and librarians to develop its collections of books, CDs, videos and DVDs. Library staff members appointed as liaisons collaborate with faculty in specific academic departments to make recommendations for purchase in their respective disciplines. The Collection Development Librarian coordinates this selection process, ensuring balance of the total collection.
The following factors are considered in selection:
The Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries as adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Faculty may submit requests for purchase to their library liaison using CHOICE cards, the Online Acquisitions Request Form, or book request slips, available by calling x2035. The library also accepts e-mail, lists, brochures, and publishers’ catalogs that provide adequate bibliographic information for verifying requests. Webster, the online catalog, should be checked before submitting a request to verify that the item is not already held by the library.
Rush and reserve requests may also be submitted directly to Kendra St. Aubin, Collection Development Librarian.
Records for on-order materials appear in Webster. When the materials have been received and are available in the library, they are also listed through the New Items link in Webster. When placing order requests, faculty may ask for notification. If notification is requested, the Circulation Department will contact the requestor when the item has been received and hold it at the Circulation desk.
For additional information about the selection process, please contact Kendra St. Aubin at 508.531.2035.
Policy Adopted: March 2004
Last Modified: October 10, 2012