JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department's support of both majors and general education curriculum. The chemistry collection is developed in accordance with the chemistry’s evolving undergraduate and interdisciplinary programs, including material sciences, nanotechnology, pre-professional health programs and overall chemistry areas of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, introductory, and biochemistry. Acquisitions and collection management of chemistry and biochemistry materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.
Materials are considered for their subject, curriculum relevance, authoritativeness, currency, and price. User requests and appropriateness for the entire collection are also key criteria for consideration.
The responsibility of acquiring and managing chemistry and biochemistry collections primarily resides with the chemistry liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with chemistry and biochemistry faculty within academic departments to support collection needs in this area. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries.
Updated April 9, 2012 by Meris Mandernach
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