Mississippi College

Leland Speed Library

Acquisitions & Collection Development


Faculty members or students at Mississippi College may suggest a book title to be considered for purchase by the library by submitting a purchase request form. Paper forms are available from the library's Acquisitions and Collection Development office.


Collection Development

Items are selected for addition to the library based on a set of collection development principles which have been approved by the Library Services Committee and the Board of Trustees.

The liaison librarian serves as a contact person for faculty in a department. The liaison librarian is available to respond to suggestions about developing the collection and improving library services in a particular area.

For more information or comments on this service, send e-mail to Kathleen Hutchison or call 601.925.3438.


Collection Development Principles

The Library provides a level of collection support for all areas within the university curriculum, including undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Library provides the maximum support possible for current instructional needs. The Library does not develop research level collections in any subject areas. The Library does not collect materials in areas that are not relevant to the Mississippi College curriculum.

The Library will not collect comprehensively in most subject areas. Exceptions are Mississippi-related materials and alumni publications.

The Library must consider ways to provide library support for new programs without negative impact on existing program support.

The Library makes collection development decisions in consultation with its user community and maintains formal liaison relationships with academic departments.

The Library does not specifically purchase materials to support community needs but shares its resources, allowing public use of the Library and its collections.

The Library considers access and ease of use as criteria in selecting materials and may determine added cost factors increase benefits to patrons.

The Library supports providing access to new and emerging information resources.

The Library is moving toward increased reliance on electronic resources while acknowledging the continued importance of print resources as part of its overall collection development responsibilities.

The Library takes seriously its responsibility to preserve print and electronic resources of importance to future users. The Library does not have a static collection, however, and will add, discard, and cancel materials, especially those in electronic formats, to reflect changing user and curriculum needs.

The Library uses a variety of methods to procure print and non-print materials, including the Internet. Electronic serials may be procured to enhance or replace print serials.

The Library participates in cooperative collection development activities that enhance the collection or lower purchase costs with emphasis upon consortia purchasing of electronic resources.

The Library supports efforts to modify the scholarly communication system.

The Library will collect materials that represent divergent points of view in an effort to acknowledge the importance of intellectual freedom and access to varied ideas in the educational process.

SOURCE: Board of Trustees December 7, 2000