The Health Sciences Collection Development Policy identifies and communicates the collection goals of JMU Libraries to support the academic needs of James Madison University’s Department of Health Sciences. The health sciences collection facilitates instruction and research across the following programs:
Taking into consideration the department's core curriculum and goals, the health sciences collection is developed in accordance with the evolving undergraduate and graduate programs and research interests of health sciences students, faculty and staff. See Department of Health Sciences mission - http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/index.html
Acquisitions and collection management of health sciences materials supports JMU Libraries’ university-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.
The JMU Libraries health sciences collection primarily falls under the Library of Congress class R. Additional holdings fall in classes TX (Nutrition and Home Economics).
Class R -- Medicine
Subclasses include General Medicine, Public aspects of medicine, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Therapeutics/Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Material Medica, Botanic/Thomsonian/Eclectic, and Homeopathy.
Types of Materials
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 health sciences collections primarily resides with the liaison librarian for the Department of Health Sciences faculty. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies.
Updated June 26, 2012 by Carolyn Schubert.
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