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Collection Development Policies - Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      This Collection Development Policy is a general statement of goals for development of the collection. It should serve as a guide for library staff involved in collection development decisions and also informs library users at the University and elsewhere about the Library's selection principles.

    2. Audience
      The main audience members are the primary users of the medical sciences collection in the Life Sciences Library and librarians at IUB.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The medical sciences fund supports the teaching and research through the doctoral level in anatomy, cell biology, pharmacology, physiology, and biophysics. It supports the teaching and research needs of a small number of first and second year medical students. The Medical Sciences Program offers a core curriculum in human biology and specialty courses in conjunction with the Biology, Chemistry and Neural Sciences programs. In November 2004 there were 15 faculty members, 20 graduate students, 56 medical students, and six post-doctoral fellows. There are no undergraduate majors but approximately 1500 undergraduate students take classes in the Program each year. Many users of the neuroscience part of the collection are associated with the Program in Neural Science with faculty and students from a variety of departments including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Optometry, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The School of Medicine has had a presence on the Bloomington campus for all but one year since it was founded in 1903. From the 1930s the collection was housed in Myers Hall in the Medical Sciences Library until it was merged with the Biology Library to form the Life Sciences Library in 1998. At the time of the merger many older monographs were withdrawn.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        Areas of strength include anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, and the neurosciences. The collection includes well-rounded, basic level medical sciences material to support instructional needs. The focus is on human biology rather than animal studies. One strength is the journal collection, both print and online. Although, like other science libraries, the current journal collection is much smaller now than it used to be. This is due to several factors such as journal prices outpacing allocations, changes in faculty research areas, and improved document delivery. Members of the Medical Sciences Program are eligible to access electronic journals and document delivery services provided by the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Historically, the Medical Sciences collection has evolved from a strong emphasis on anatomy and physiology to a broader collection supporting the medical sciences generally. The programs have a focus on human biology. Current faculty research interests also include cancer research and cell biology.

      4. Collection locations
        The majority of the physical collection is either in the Life Sciences Library or in ALF (a high-density shelving facility that is not open to the public but with delivery to campus libraries). Much of the journal collection in ALF dates to 1979 or earlier.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Currently almost all of the collection is English.

    2. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      The current focus is to only acquire current material.

    3. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Current material only is actively acquired.

    4. Formats collected and excluded
      Print and electronic are the predominant formats. A few CD ROMs are occasionally purchased or come with books. Microform material is not collected. Selected textbook-type material needed for reserves or useful for background information is collected.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    Roger Beckman, Head, Life Sciences Library and Chemistry Library. There is collaboration with the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and the Kinsey Institute Library and the librarians responsible for history and philosophy of science, medicine and the state, and the Public Health Library.

  4. Related Collections
    Related collections are found in the Main Library (e.g., nursing and health policy), the Public Health Library (e.g., health), and the SPEA Library (e.g. health care administration). History is mainly covered by History and Philosophy of Science and the Lilly Library.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    The principal source for books is through the approval plan vendor, Blackwell. Other information is gleaned from publisher announcements, print and electronic, and from several librarian listservs.

  6. Preservation
    1. Criteria for selection for preservation and/or mass deacidification
      The majority of materials selected for preservation or conservation action are circulation driven.
  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    Materials selected for ALF include books that are dated and have no or little indication of recent usage, periodicals that are not heavily used, and journals, abstracts, and indexes that are available electronically in full-text.

  8. Other Resources and Libraries
    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library (RLML) is an important resource to the members of the Medical Sciences Program both in terms of print and a wide variety of electronic resources. Because they are associated with the IU School of Medicine members of the Medical Sciences Program are eligible to use the document delivery services of the RLML and to obtain login ids and passwords to use the extensive electronic journal and book collection.

  9. Consortial Agreements
    None. Although the Libraries do participate with the Ruth Lilly Medical Library on the purchase of individual resources, e.g., Oncogene and EMBO Journal and Reports.



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 9/5/2012