What’s New in Collections?

BooksLast year, as part of an ongoing review and assessment of our Collection Development policies and practices, the MacPhaidin Library updated its Gift Policy. This spring, the Library has updated both its overall Collection Development Policy and its Video Collection Development Policy.

Our updated policies represent a clarification of our existing practices. Our ultimate goal is to be equitable and conscientious stewards of the Library’s collection funds, in order to make sure our collection best supports the needs of the campus as a whole.

Some of the updates to our Collection Development Policy include:

  • An explanation of how our practices support the Library’s mission
  • Details on how we prioritize purchasing decisions
  • Additional information on how the library can support faculty research through ILL and research assistance
  • Additional information on faculty’s role in suggesting titles for purchase
  • Our policy on purchasing new editions of works we currently hold
  • Accessibility standards

We have also updated our Video Collection Development Policy to address:

  • Streaming media
  • Accessibility and closed captioning

This summer, Librarians will be working on new Electronic Resources Collection Development Policy to further define database and ebook acquisitions. To assist with this work, the Library has recently formed a Demand Driven Acquisitions team; this team will be evaluating options for providing expanded ebook access to the Stonehill community, including Demand Driven models that enable the community to see a broad range of titles and enable the Library to rent or purchase those titles “on demand” for use by students, faculty, and staff.

We are also currently working on a Reference Collection Development Policy, which will also examine current best-practices for print versus electronic purchases of reference works.

If you have any questions about these updated policies, please contact Liz Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment, and User Engagement, at echase2@stonehill.edu or 508.565.1329.

Faculty, students, and staff are all encouraged to contact us if you have materials you’d like to suggest that we purchase! We look forward to working with the Stonehill Community to enhance the Library’s collection.