Objectives

The library will collect materials to best support the information needs of the Methodist College students, faculty, and staff.

The primary objective of the Methodist College Library is to assist with the teaching and learning needs of the College.

Our mission: The Methodist College Library is centered on providing learning and collection excellence to meet the evolving needs of health science and human service professionals in a diverse world.

This collection development statement is designed to guide the library in maintaining an excellent collection that meets the needs of our users.

The Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement are integral parts of the policy.

Scope of Collection

The library is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Methodist College. To fulfill the wide-ranging information needs of this population, the library will supply a diverse collection of books/ebooks, journals/ejournals, media, and other materials covering the college’s curricula. The goal of the collection is to be balanced to provide multiple sides to issues.

The materials of the library’s collection will support student and faculty learning to fulfill their educational needs.

The library does not duplicate services/resources better provided by other libraries.

Responsibility for Selection

The ultimate responsibility of the selection of library materials rests with the Director of Library Services. The Director has the authority to select materials in accordance with the guidelines found within this document.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to suggest books and other items to be purchased for the collection. Faculty requests are made priorities for purchase when the material’s purchase results in furthering student learning.

Criteria for Selection

The main points considered in the selection of physical and electronic/digital materials are:

  • the individual merit of each item
  • relevancy to curricula
  • accuracy and reliability of author/publisher
  • treatment of the subject
  • suitability
  • timeliness of the material
  • existing library holdings
  • budget
  • use of the item
  • Reviews are a major source of information about new materials.
  • Consideration is also given to requests from library patrons and books discussed on public media.
  • Materials are judged on the basis of the work as a whole, not on a part taken out of context.

Textbooks

As a rule, the library will not purchase textbooks for the General Collection. Exceptions for purchasing textbooks may be made for noteworthy titles that provide an overview of a particular subject and in such cases are not being considered as a textbook. The library will contact faculty members and ask for desk copies of the textbooks in use and these copies will be placed in the reserves collection.

Interlibrary Loan

Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials a patron may need. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library's collection.

In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, Methodist College Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network.

As an institutional member of RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) and CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois), the library can request items found in the I-Share catalog on behalf of a student or employee. Items borrowed through the I-Share catalog are subject to the borrowing library’s circulation and interlibrary loan policies.

Methodist College is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, an office of the National Library of Medicine.  Through the NLM, Methodist College students and employees can request items found in DOCLINE. Methodist College will also supply items requested by borrowers through DOCLINE.

Items not found in I-Share or DOCLINE can be requested via OCLC WorldShare or the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan form. Methodist College will also lend items requested by other libraries through OCLC WorldShare and/or the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan form.

Library Guest Users may also request for items to be loaned with OCLC World Share or Docline. I-Share borrowing is not allowed for guests.

Gifts


The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed. If they are not needed because of duplication, condition, or dated information, the director can dispose of them as he/she sees fit (recycle, donate, etc.). The same criteria of selection which are applied to purchased materials are applied to gifts.

By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide an acknowledgment of receipt of the items if requested by the donor.

Deselection

An up-to-date, attractive, and useful collection is maintained through a continual withdrawal and replacement process. Replacement of worn volumes is dependent upon current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions, and availability of newer editions. This ongoing process of deselection is the responsibility of the library director. Withdrawn materials will be handled in a similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials. Electronic items will also be deselected based on current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions, and availability of newer editions.

Challenges

Methodist College Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.

Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.

Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinion regarding suitable materials. Patrons requesting that material is withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a "Statement of Concern about Library Resources" form which is available on the library’s website.