Goal: Every effort will be made to maintain a quality core collection that supports instruction and student research.
Serials Collection Development Policies
Faculty and librarians can recommend titles that support the Curriculum. Suggestions for popular titles will be considered.
Requests for new titles should be submitted to the Serials librarian.
The Serials librarian reviews the requests:
Verifies whether the library has the subscription and in what format.
Checks the electronic databases to see if it's included in any of the databases.
Checks to see if the journal is indexed.
Checks with Technical Services librarian to see availability of funds.
Generally one copy of a title will be acquired.
When a title is added, several years of retrospective issues may be purchased when the budget supports such acquisitions.
Titles will be acquired for the collection in the following format:
(in priority order)
The preferred permanent format is microfiche. If a title can be received in O'Kelly Library at approximately the same time as the paper edition and it is not a title that patrons routinely browse, the microfiche is suggested.
Newspapers that support the curriculum will be purchased from select national, regional and state-wide cities as well as the vicinity of the university will be acquired. Every effort will be made to receive the newspaper on the day of publication.
Serials/Newspaper Retention Policy
Only the current month and the previous month of daily newspapers will be retained on the shelf.
Paper serials whose final format is microform will be retained on the shelf for one calendar year.
Paper serials whose final format is bound will be retained on the shelf until time to be bound.
Serials Circulation Policy
Journals, periodicals, newspapers and microforms are limited to in library use.