Mirroring the progression of our print journal collection practices into an epreferred journal policy, monograph acquisitions will be guided by epreferred principles. Ebooks will reinforce university's elearning and distance learning initiatives by enhancing accessibility, availability, and functionality. As we move towards a more accessible ecollection, we will continue to acquire print monographs as needed based on certain exceptions.
We prefer online journals where possible to increase accessibility to library resources and to save money and shelf space. Print journal subscriptions are generally maintained only if certain criteria are met.
We have a strong documents collection including long runs of agency annual reports, complete sets of agricultural series, and strong collections in education, health, business, transportation, military history, and census. In addition, the libraries have purchased microform backup sets of the United States Congressional Serial Set, Congressional publications, Census records, and statistical publications. The libraries purchase the necessary commercial indexes, including an online version of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and other electronic indexes to provide access to our collections.
In addition to the many books that are selected individually by subject librarians, we maintain a set of approval plans with Yankee Book Peddler (YPB) and select other vendors. These agreements provide for the automatic receipt of new materials in print and electronic form matching the libraries' predetermined specifications, which consist of publisher lists, subject profiles, and other parameters governing academic level, edition, language and price. The YBP plans also serve to identify new ebook titles which are made accessible as part of library initiatives in the area of demand driven acquisitions. Our publisher lists include US and British university presses, along with numerous trade publishers, and scholarly and scientific societies.
We are dedicated to the ideals of Title 44 USC to provide free use to federal government publications, regardless of format, to the general public.