Standard 5.B

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Information resources and services are sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, and currency to support the institution’s curricular offerings.

5.B.1 Equipment and materials are selected, acquired, organized, and maintained to support the educational program.

Collection Development is conducted by faculty librarians who know the curriculum and the interests of the faculty. Their work is enhanced and complemented through direct requests and taching faculty who rotate into the library. See Collection Development (Standard 5 Section

5.B.2 Library and information resources and services contribute to developing the ability of students, faculty, and staff to use the resources independently and effectively.

See Teaching and Instruction (Standard 5 Section 2)

5.B.3 Policies, regulations, and procedures for systematic development and management of information resources, in all formats, are documented, updated, and made available to the institution’s constituents.

See Required Exhibit 2

5.B.4 Opportunities are provided for faculty, staff, and students to participate in the planning and development of the library and information resources and services.

As is the case throughout the college, face-to-face communication is valued, and formal procedures for consultation are often minimal. Direct requests and suggestions are received and welcomed by all public service staff and faculty. Almost all monographic requests are honored unless they are very expensive, extensive or far outside the curriculum. Even then, the requests are given consideration by selectors and only declined if there would be significant adverse impact.

Hiring processes are broadly consultative. Committees with staff from different units interview and recommend for all staff positions. Students, staff and faculty representatives are included in hiring committees for any major positions. See DTF membership and consultation schedules for Library Dean; Head of Academic Computing; Director of Computing and Communications.

Instructional support is designed and planned almost entirely on a case-by-case basis. See

5.B.5 Computing and communications services are used to extend the boundaries in obtaining information and data from other sources, including regional, national, and international networks.

We are actively engaged in the rapid move from paper-based or on-site resources to web-based resources which allow access from all locations and at all times. See