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Collection Development Policy

This living document was compiled by the Massasoit Library staff to capture the major ideas that guided the decision making processes across disciplines.

Director of Libraries & Faculty Librarians

The curation of the library collection by the library staff is informed through the needs and vision of the campus community. Ultimate responsibility for the collection rests with the Director of Libraries in collaboration with Faculty Librarians. Each Faculty Librarian liaises with an academic division and serves as the first contact point for faculty requests to curate new materials and resources. All Faculty Librarians regularly staff the virtual and physical reference desks and instruct information literacy classes. Interaction with patrons in the process of these activities provides insight into collection needs. 

Faculty Librarians also gain collection development guidance through participation in the Curricular, Assessment, Professional Development, and Technology committees of the greater college governance structure.

Community Input

Collection decisions are also affected by the existing electronic information services and shared resources available through consortial participation. Faculty, students, college staff, and other interested parties may also recommend materials for purchase to the Libraries’ staff through this form. In this way, the Libraries’ collections reflect the needs and composition of the campus communities.