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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.

Selection Criteria

The Science & Math Division (SMD) includes Biology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Veterinary Science Departments. These programs rely heavily on textbooks for students’ learning outcomes.  Therefore, library selections in this area primarily provide supplementary and auxiliary reading. 

Books & eBooks

  • Accessible, well-reviewed, popular science works are collected to encourage introductory exploration of scientific concepts and subjects. Current authors include Neil DeGrasse Dyson, Mario Livio, and Mary Roach.

  • Special areas of collection development include climate change, science denial, animal behavior, astrophysics and quantum physics.

  • The STEM Scholars Program performs ongoing research on local native pollinators (primarily bees).  The liaison selects materials on invertebrates, apian behavior & communication, and research methods to support program needs.

  • The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by AVMA-CVTEA. Over 300 books and eBooks and 117 Vet-Tech journals, including some international titles, support the curriculum.  Additionally, several periodicals are core to this discipline:

    • Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association - JAVMA

    • Today’s Veterinary Practice 

    • Today’s Veterinary Technician 

    • North American Veterinary Technicians Association Journal - NAVTA


The Libraries do not currently license specific databases to support the Science & Math Division curricula.  With 4200 science and math journals, Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) meets the majority of research needs of the Massasoit community.  

In addition, the Libraries license the EBSCO eBook Collection which provides over 23,000 eBooks on Science & Math topics.