The Library’s first priority is to support the curriculum at Saint Xavier University. Students are challenged in their studies to explore a wide range of human issues and to formulate their own responses. As a result, the library acquires materials that represent the full range of opinions and ideas.
The Library supports faculty research through interlibrary loan, cooperative arrangements with other libraries, and access to a wide range of electronic databases.
Resources may be in a variety of formats to provide as much subject coverage as possible within budgetary constraints. The collection is kept current and vital through judicious replacement and weeding.
The criteria that selectors use to evaluate potential purchases are the quality of content and the fulfillment of curricular needs. Specific considerations include the following:
In addition to the criteria above, the following considerations are used:
The selection criteria for electronic resources are the same as for other formats. In addition, the following considerations may apply:
Other Nonprint Materials
The selection criteria for nonprint materials are the same as for other formats, with special emphases on the suitability of the format to the content, the quality of the production, the sustainability of the format, and the obsolescence of the equipment needed to access the format.
Please send suggested purchases using our Purchase Request Information process.
The library is experiencing significant budget pressure due to a variety of factors:
The library annual allocation does not increase at a rate that can match these new costs.
Therefore, the library performs cost-per-use evaluations and reallocates our existing resources in order to find a balance that maintains our traditional services as well as adopts new tools and services. Some cancelations need to occur to create flexibility in our funds. We involve the faculty and staff in these assessments and deliberations, which often include restrictions based upon pre-created packages and other aggregated full text tools. We continue to monitor the disruptive Open Access movement as a possible alternative to present commercial distribution mechanisms for peer reviewed material.
We also utilize cooperative collection development projects with other state-wide libraries within the CARLI consortium in order to provide a deeper and more cost-effective collection.
Below is a graph showing the cost of library materials compared to the general cost of living as seen in the Consumer Price Index.
Expenditures by LC (subject range) FY2016
The majority of our budget is applied to Interdisciplinary tools such as:
Additional dollars are spent on supplementary packages in high priority (curriculum support) areas:
We also spend funds on supporting tools:
Most used search and full text tools:
Academic Search Complete: 33508
CINAHL Complete: 28389
Business Source Complete: 12307
JSTOR Arts & Sciences I-X, and Life Sciences: 10725
LexisNexis Academic: 9289
Medline with Full Text: 6238
Sage Premier: 4825
LWW Nursing & Health Professions Premier Collection: 4821
Chicago Tribune Full Text: 4327
Communication and Mass Media Complete: 3893
Historical Chicago Tribune: 3526
Chronicle of Higher Education: 3000
Value Line Investment Survey On-line: 2862
SocINDEX with Full Text: 2461
Education Research Complete: 2345
Credo Reference: 2227
MAS Ultra: 1856
America: History and Life: 1237
Project Muse: 1212
American Song 863
Films on Demand: 829
Wall Street Journal: 697
Standard & Poor's Netadvantage: 600
Ethnic NewsWatch: 532
CQ Press: 471
Oxford English Dictionary: 465
Cochrane Collection Plus: 417
RIPM Online Archive Full Text: 368
Nursing Reference Center Plus: 324
Art & Architecture Complete: 306
Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print: 207
American Chemical Society: 200
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries 191
Grove Dictionary of Music Online 135
SciFinder Chem Abstracts 91
Most Used Tools Outside of the Academic Search Complete and EBSCO packages:
|Target||Reporting Period Total|
|Total for all Link Outs||16521|
|Elsevier Science Direct (Article)||4802|
|Sage Publications (Article)||2320|
|Publication Finder (Books & Journals)||979|
|Lexis-Nexis Academic (Article)||542|
|Highwire Press (Article)||400|
|PubMed Central (Article)||363|
|Elsevier ScienceDirect College Editions (Article)||327|
|Google - Title Link||227|
|Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries||191|
|Project Muse (Article)||175|
|American Medical Association (Article)||136|
|PubMed Central - EISSN (Article)||32|
|OVID Journal (Article)||30|
|Search for this book on A-to-Z.||27|
|JSTAGE - Open Access (Article)||11|
|Royal Society of Chemistry (Article)||5|
|Taylor & Francis (Article)||5|
|CQ Weekly (Issue)||2|
|Institute of Physics (Article)||2|
|PLoS - Public Library of Science (Article)||
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COLLECTION DATA 2015
Paper Books: 122,527
56,919 Stacks (includes 1,697 juvenile books and 1,920 Course Texts), 1,185 Rare Books, 626 Oversize
49,989 Remote Shelving (suppressed) + 704 visible (permanent, so far)
Haddad Collection: 1,441
SXU Author Collection: 32
Test Assessments: one full range, 8 sections, 132 kits
Archives: 300 cubic feet, 436 University Publications
DVDs: 7,751 (1,397 in Remote)
Music CDs: 22
ebooks: 7,585 individual titles (EBL,ebrary and CARLI) plus HathiTrust
CIRCULATION AND USE DATA
The library is about to embark on a multi-phase weeding and relocation project. This page will explain the basic plan.
Intention: To remove obsolete and unnecessary redundant material, making space for the return of more valuable material from the Offsite Shelving facility.
Phase 1: The Main Stacks
Each subject librarian will review materials in our main stacks in their subject areas ... considering factors such as currency, historical importance, redundancy, special subject concerns, CARLI consortial holdings, curriculum emphases, and research concentrations. Potential withdrawals from the main stacks will be identified and title lists will be shared with the faculty for review. One last opportunity for faculty review will be provided with reviews of material on carts before final withdrawals are made.
Phase II: The Offsite Shelving Materials
Once space has been cleared in the main stacks, we will review the materials now housed in the Offsite Shelving facility ... using similar criteria to determine which items should be (1) returned to the main stacks, (2) left in Offsite Shelving, or (3) withdrawn from the collection. Once again, potential withdrawals from the collection will be identified and title lists will be shared with the faculty for final review before any action is taken.
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