140  ·  Representative Documents:  Regional Accrediting Agency Reports
Texas A&M University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Core Requirement 2.9
Section 2: Core Requirements Requirement 2.9, Page 3
Note: Above totals reflect LC & NLM holdings. They do not reflect other classification schedules (e.g. eResources, Gov Docs, Microform Collections)
TAMUL collections have continued an ambitious growth pattern over the past decade. With a
2010 volume count of over 4.6 million volumes, the greatest increase has been in electronic
resources, with electronic books increasing by 68% between 2009 and 2010, and electronic
journals increasing by 20%. TAMUL currently provide access to nearly 950,000 electronic
books, over 101,000 electronic journals and over 1,200 databases [TAMUL Statistical Snapshot].
This expansive collection of resources provides a solid foundation for the diverse TAM HSC
educational, research and service programs. The preferred format is electronic, so that they are
available to students and faculty across the TAM HSC distributed campuses.
MSL collections have been built through varied input from a variety of user groups. Core lists of
accrediting agencies for the TAM HSC professional schools play a foundational role in the
development and assessment of collections. In addition, recommended lists from the National
Library of Medicine and other health profession associations are consulted to develop, update
and evaluate the collections. As part of the MSL user-driven approach to collection
development, TAM HSC faculty, researchers and students are encouraged and able to request
additions to the collection through the MSL website, email, telephone and written hard copy
suggestions. MSL collection development is guided by formal collection development policies
and the MSL Information Resources Council, which includes all MSL librarians and regularly
solicits input from TAM HSC content experts [TAMUL and MSL Selected Collection Policy
Examples]. A carefully managed approval plan provides suggestions for print monograph
additions to supplement user requests for collection materials. Whenever new degree programs
are added, MSL librarians meet with appropriate faculty to determine the collaborative process
that will be followed to identify and add appropriate information resources. MSL collections
have followed the historic growth of the TAM HSC educational and research programs. The
growth of specifically TAM HSC focused collections is charted in the following table.
Table 2.9.2 MSL Collection Growth Summary
Class Description
2009
Holdings
2010
Holdings
2010 Net
Additions
% Growth
compared
to 2009
Q-QR Sciences 4,596 4,835 239 5%
QS-QZ Preclinical Sciences 11,180 11,596 416 4%
W General Medicine
2,106 2,218 112 5%
WA Public Health 2,206 2,272 66 3%
WB-WW Practice of Med - Spec Professions 12,616 12,968 352 3%
WX Hospitals & Clinics
247 274 27 11%
WY Nursing 166 378 212 128%
WZ History of Medicine, Miscellany 632 638 6 1%
TOTAL 33,749 35,179 1,430 4%
Note: Above totals reflect LC & NLM holdings. They do not reflect other classification schedules (e.g. eResources, Gov Docs, Microform Collections)
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