General selection guidelines for all materials are:
JCKL secures access to information through direct licensing from authorized providers and by utilizing connections to open access resources. In addition, Electronic Databases should be considered along with print for acquisition for the General Collection. Their selection may be guided by the following guidelines as well as those stated above:
Serials selections and purchases will be guided by the following guidelines as well as those stated above.
JCKL is committed to the principles of open access, as outlined in the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation (https://www.ifla.org/publications/ifla-statement-on-open-access-to-scholarly-literature-and-research-documentation). Resources provided by JCKL include open access and born-digital products to support the educational and research-related goals of the university. JCKL strives to meet the research needs of all users, including community users, by actively seeking out and supporting barrier-free access to quality information.
In the current information landscape many, if not most, library resources are born-digital. JCKL establishes access to authoritative born-digital resources via a wide variety of acquisition methods, including purchase, harvest and subsequent hosting of online materials, and referral to open access content that is not held by JCKL.
For the purposes of this policy open access and born-digital materials include:
In addition to the Selection Guidelines outlined above, the following evaluative criteria should be used in selecting open access and born-digital materials:
Quality: the information in the resource logically pertains to the resource’s apparent subject; the information is reliably accurate, demonstrably factual, and reasonably comprehensive or complete; indicators of quality can include peer reviews or librarian reviews of site and/or site content, the presence of an authoritative author or publisher, a professional look and feel, or evidence of continuing support of the resource such as archives; contact information is available for the author and publishing authority
Authoritativeness: the credentials of the author and publisher are clearly identifiable, the legitimacy of the publishing domain of the source is apparent (e.g. .edu, .gov, .org or .net are preferred to other types of domains), and the publishing agency is recognized as reputably and likely to persist;
Objectivity: the information is provided in a circumspect manner that is open to verification and validation, with minimal advertising or other nuisances that distract the user from the primary information in the resource;
Currency: the publication date of the information is recent (within the parameters of the subject), clearly stated, and/or updated regularly as stated on the resource; and
Functionality: any citations or links are correct and functional; no (or minimal) additional software beyond a standard web browser is needed to view the resource; the resource does not require fees for access, and there is a preference that registration for access not be required; and if at all possible the resource offers options for viewing text only, for by-passing frames, or for changing the display for better viewing.
New materials, subscriptions and content decisions are based in part on requests from the UCM community. New requests for consideration can be made by completing our Purchase Request Form (https://library.ucmo.edu/purchase-request). New and updated content is announced on the libraries’ webpage.
Whom should I contact at JCKL for more information?
For more information or any questions please contact JCKL Collection Management Coordinator and faculty librarian, Janette Klein directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.