Collection Development

Collection development is the process of selecting materials to support the curriculum and research needs of our faculty and students. At Mugar Memorial Library and its branches, librarians are responsible for developing the collections in specific subject areas. These selectors choose all the materials in their respective fields, i.e.,

  • monographs
  • periodicals and standing orders
  • electronic and digital resources
  • microforms and other non-book formats

Their evaluation of materials is based on a number of factors, including

  • familiarity with the subject area
  • knowledge of the curriculum
  • knowledge of existing collection strengths and weaknesses
  • examination of critical reviews
  • the recommendations of faculty and students

Collection development is supplemented by a major approval plan for domestic trade and university presses.  Selectors also are responsible for evaluating gifts in their subject areas.

How to Submit Requests

A library liaison system exists to facilitate receipt of faculty suggestions for acquisition and to furnish academic schools and departments on campus with information about recent acquisitions and other collection development news. A faculty member or committee in each school or academic department of the University is usually appointed annually to this position. For information, faculty should contact the appropriate subject librarian or their department’s administrative office.

Faculty members and other library users also may suggest a purchase through our website or by emailing the collection development librarian for the related subject area.

Requests for Reserve materials must be sent directly to the Reserve Department.

Collection Development Librarians

Listings of the librarians are available by name and by subject.

Please check individual libraries for availability of additional services.