Collection development is a means by which Library Services provides collections of information items that, given adequate financial resources, meet institutional, curricular, research, and instructional requirements, as well as the cultural needs of the College community. Library Services resources serve primarily to support students in all Springfield College programs, regardless of location. Library Services also serves as a repository of historical and archival materials related to the College's history and scholarly activities. Librarians serve as liaisons to academic departments and make selection decisions informed by the needs and requests of faculty and students.
Library Services acquires materials in a variety of formats. Digital versions of resources are preferred as they allow the most flexible use at varied times and locations. Print materials are collected when that is the most appropriate and available format. Video formats are limited to what the campus infrastructure supports. Microforms and older media types are not collected.
Library Services cannot purchase textbooks or publisher-based instructional materials and platforms for reasons including, but not limited to, licensing restrictions and financial feasibility. However, librarians will work with faculty to identify course materials, including open access, Library Services resources, and other potential acquisitions that would enhance the collection. Library Services places a strong emphasis on equitable access to materials for all Springfield College students and seeks to continue building a collection which supports academic development.
Library Services holds digital copies of theses and dissertations submitted for specific degree awarded majors and programs at Springfield College.
When requested by an academic department Library Services also holds research projects completed during graduate course work.
Archives collection development policies can be found on the College Archives website.
Withdrawal of library materials is done on a regular and ongoing basis as part of collection development and maintenance. Librarians may elect to withdraw or cancel materials that have become obsolete, are in need of repair, are not used, no longer support the College curriculum or when there is a financial need to reduce expenditures.
Revised November 14, 2023