Faculty play a key role in building the collections at SCC. Faculty input helps guarantee that the Library holds the books, media, and electronic resources students need for their coursework.
Get Involved in Collection Development
The main purpose of the materials in the Learning Resource Center is to support the curriculum at SCC. Faculty expertise is a vital part of collection building and weeding (removing outdated materials). Here's how you can get involved:
- Collection Building
- Reserve Books
- Collection Weeding
- Keep a running list of titles that support the learning needs of your students.
- Form a departmental library committee to gather requests.
- Prioritize lists of requests according to student's needs. Available funds must be spread across the curriculum and may not cover all of your suggestions.
- The librarians generally request departmental lists in the spring, but you may send requests (catalog pages, printouts, email) to your librarian. Or use the online request form or the suggestion boxes in the LRC.
- Invite your librarian to a department meeting to discuss collection concerns.·
- Visit the library to survey the holdings in your subject areas.
- Peruse issues of journals in your subject area or use Library Journal, Booklist, and Choice to find titles. Use publisher's catalogs or web sites and online bookstores.
- Notify your librarian of new topics in your curriculum that require additional library support.
Contact Nicole Woolley (558-2509) for media purchases and previews. Browse media vendor's websites to find media titles in your discipline.
- Donate your desk copies of required textbooks to the reserve collection to make these materials available for your students.
- Email Yolanda Escobar to request that the library purchase a textbook for reserve.
- Use LOIS, the online library catalog to obtain a list of books ready on reserve for your courses.
- Plan a weeding session, on your own or with your colleagues. You can weed for Flex credit all year! Contact Mary Ann Robinson (558-2377) to set a time and get instructions.
- As you weed, note what's new in your areas and make a list of titles or topics you would like the library to add or update.
- Watch for a Flex Day activity - Weeding the Collection.