Careful judgment is required in establishing new databases or journal subscriptions. Databases and journals represent an ongoing commitment of fiscal resources. Prices of these resources increase much more rapidly than the library's budget, resulting in less money for other resources. New subscription requests will be reviewed based on criteria outlined below.
The Library's Collection Development Committee meets monthly to review and discuss requests for journal and database subscriptions. Whenever feasible, trials are requested. Trials of databases and online journals are scheduled for periods when they can be evaluated by students, faculty, and librarians.
The Director of Libraries makes the final decision on new journal / database subscriptions based on the Collection Development Committee's recommendation and feedback from trials (as relevant).
When reviewing a journal subscription, the Collection Development Committee considers the following:
When reviewing a database subscription, the Collection Development Committee considers the following:
The Collection Development Committee takes these various pieces of information, weighs them against each other, and makes a recommendation as to the purchase of the resource. The recommendation goes to the Director of Libraries for a final decision.
If you are interested in submitting a request for a journal or database subscription, please contact your library liaison, the Resource Management Department, or use the form below to submit a request.