The Indian River State College Libraries must be understood in light of the College's dedication to college transfer education, career-technical education, baccalaureate education, and lifelong learning for students and community. Its holdings and services exist primarily as a means to promote the College's broader educational objectives. The College has traditionally prided itself upon the excellence of its instruction and continues to place greater weight upon teaching than upon research. As well, an objective of the College’s administration, faculty, and staff is to utilize new and emerging technologies to expand access to education, enhance teaching to help students learn, and to stay ahead of the curve with cutting edge training for technology-based careers. The College is also a member of the International Learning Styles Network, so the collection supports an alternate delivery of educational resources. Thus, the library collection must also reflect these priorities.
The College Mission Statement is located on the institutional website.
The purpose of the Libraries is to support the College's mission by providing dedicated service, effective instruction, and quality resources to the college community. To facilitate our support, we strive to accomplish these objectives:
The Library works to educate students, faculty, and staff in the finding, and use of information, as seen in the above learning outcomes. To meet these goals, we utilize ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education:
Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration
The College’s library facilities must serve certain needs of both the general college community and the residents of the outlying communities. The collection, therefore, must meet the needs of a diverse clientele, but its development should occur according to this priority of general principles:
The responsibility for the selection of materials for the library's collection lies with members of Indian River State College's faculty librarians, instructional faculty, staff, and students. Every effort is made to accommodate requests that conform to stated guidelines. Departments or programs may opt to appoint one faculty or staff member to select in their respective areas. However, it is strongly urged that individual faculty members stay abreast of the newly published materials in their particular areas of teaching and interest, and to work closely with the librarians to select materials for the collection. This effort helps keep the Library attuned to curricular needs. Faculty librarians also meet annually with new faculty and staff to acquaint them with general library services and to promote input for collection development.
We acknowledge that libraries and archives are not neutral, and have served—sometimes inadvertently, other times intentionally—as instruments of exclusion, colonialism, and assimilation, and we will identify ways both large and small to undo this harm. In accordance with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement, the College Library collection will provide for the free exchange of all ideas. The collection is available to all patrons of the library, and offers the widest possible range of viewpoints; regardless of the popularity of these viewpoints, or of the gender, sexual orientation, religion, political philosophy, or national origin of their authors. In areas where there is a disagreement concerning the truth or wisdom of particular ideas, issues, or beliefs, and in the interest of reasonable economy, the library attempts to see that the views of all parties are represented.
No censorship is exercised on the basis of frankness of language, or the controversial manner an author may use in dealing with religious, political, sexual, social, economic, scientific or moral issues.
In handling disapproval of material or attempts at censorship, the Administrative Director refers such matters to a Library Review Committee (faculty librarians, administrative director, and instructional faculty, upon request). The committee will reply to the person or group, quoting or referring to the above guideline. Persistent or repeated censure from persons or groups will be referred to College officials through the library's administration.
The library‘s top priority is the acquisition of materials in direct support of the educational programs. As new programs develop, the library will evaluate holdings to ensure they are adequately supported. Faculty teaching needs will be met whenever possible, given the long- term appropriateness to the collection, relative price, and anticipated use of these materials. Reviews will be sought before ordering materials of questionable value or high cost.
Some types of library materials and services will not be available at the College Libraries. In the case where services or materials are not available, patrons will be directed to the appropriate resource, and library personnel will assist, where possible, in acquiring access.
Requests from faculty, staff, students, or guests are welcomed. You can submit a request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The item(s) will be ordered or the request will be considered for purchase at a later time, depending on budget, projected use, and other variables. In either case, the requestor will be notified.
The library's collection may be separated into several distinct parts; the general circulating collection, the reference collection, the media collection, the serials and periodicals collection, the Government documents collection, and other special collections. The basic cataloged collection is comprised of the following:
In determining the appropriate levels of collection development the following categories have been established:
In order to ensure that the library’s print and electronic collections are serving the needs of the College community, collection development will be run on a three year cycle that aligns with the College’s meta-majors. Each year, librarians will review the set subject areas for each meta major and select print and electronic items to update and/or supplement the current collection. In addition, librarians will also review the collections associated with Health Science accreditations in the year before those accreditations are due, in collaboration with discipline faculty.
The Library’s physical collection will include all forms of print and non-print materials, with a focus on monographs, films and other media, and periodicals:
Books – The library houses both academic collections and fictional collections; however, an evaluation process enables the selection of quality resources.
Textbooks (required texts for students in a course) are a vital reserves collection for our students. Faculty librarians solicit instructional faculty for donations when an edition is updated, but if unavailable, the library will purchase copies for each location’s reserve collection.
Newspapers - Newspapers will be added to the collection if they significantly supplement the quality or quantity of local, national, or international news available within the library’s current collection. If major changes occur in the quality or intent of those newspapers which have traditionally been part of the collection, they may be re-evaluated and/or discontinued.
Media - The library houses collections of audio and visual media for the use of the College Community. They will be purchased according to curricular connections and community interest.
Sound recordings - The library does not hold or acquire musical sound recordings for circulation purposes.
Sheet Music - The library does not hold and will not acquire, under present guidelines, musical scores for circulation purposes.
Works of Art, Photographs, etc. - The library does not hold and will not acquire, under present guidelines, works of pictorial or plastic art for circulation purposes.
Maps and Atlases - A small number of maps and atlases are periodically acquired as needed to supplement the reference collection.
Serials - In general, the same criteria will apply to the selection of serial titles as for the book collection. However, since even a relatively inexpensive journal title represents a continuing expense, titles will be added selectively. Back files will be kept for varying lengths of time depending on the title involved. A journal available online will not usually be purchased in print format.
Government documents - As a selective federal depository, documents are acquired according to their appropriateness for the collection, and reflect the interests and requirements of library patrons. The librarians will determine what print documents may be necessary, with input from faculty, staff, and community, as needed.
Manuscripts and rare books - Most items of this nature that are already part of the library's collection are donated, and will be added to the Library’s archival collection if deemed to be locally or institutionally significant.
Archival Materials - Any material produced by the College or about the College that has lasting historical value is included in the College Archives. Items of local significance to the Treasure Coast may also be acquired through donation or purchase as needed.
The Pruitt Campus Library is a cooperative library with IRSC and St. Lucie County Library System. IRSC information resources are added to the SLW Library collection to reflect the Pruitt Campus curriculum needs. All efforts are made to avoid duplication of resources and to enhance the needs of the clientele the library serves.
The Morgade Library at the IRSC Chastain Campus is a cooperative library project with the Martin County Library System. IRSC information resources are added to the Morgade Library collection to reflect the Chastain Campus curriculum needs. All efforts are made to avoid duplication of resources and to enhance the needs of the clientele the library serves.
The Brackett Library at the IRSC Mueller Campus is a cooperative library project with the Indian River County Library System. IRSC information resources are added to the Brackett Library collection to reflect the Mueller Campus curriculum needs. All efforts are made to avoid duplication of resources and to enhance the needs of the clientele the library serves.
The library's collection may be separated into several distinct parts; the general circulating collection, the reference collection, the media collection, the serials and periodicals collection, the Government documents collection and other special collections. The basic cataloged collection is comprised of the following:
1. Those items that support the curriculum.
2. Supplementary and ancillary reading for courses.
3. A basic reference collection. 4. An adequate collection of current periodicals and their back files. In determining the appropriate levels of collection development the following categories have been established.
LEVEL ONE: MINIMAL/BASIC REFERENCE LEVEL - Fundamental reference works containing general information on a subject, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.
LEVEL TWO: SELECTIVE LEVEL - This level includes slightly more information resources than the basic level. In addition to reference works, it includes a collection of print and electronic resources for general coverage of the subject fields.
LEVEL THREE: REPRESENTATIVE/UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING LEVEL -A balanced collection that covers all aspects of a subject field without going into great depth. This collection will support an undergraduate degree program in the field.
The College has dealt with both natural and facility disasters (e.g., back to back hurricanes in 2004 and flooding of the Brackett Library in 2010). The Facilities department leads and coordinates Physical Plant and college personnel for planning, site preparation (when known) and for recovery (for both known and unknown disasters). This office maintains contacts for consortial insurance and disaster recovery companies involved with books, carpets, furniture, etc. Additionally, the Council of Instructional Affairs – Learning Resources Standing Committee makes available to its Florida members a set of resources to help guide planning, preparation, and recovery. See also the Learning Resources Standing Committee's page on preservation and preparedness.
Since IRSC is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, we must also contact the FDLP. Consult Disaster within the Physical Facilities and Maintenance of the Collection section of the Legal Requirements document. “In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, depository library staff must immediately inform Library Services and Content Management through email at FDLPOutreach@gpo.gov, or by phone at (202) 512-1119. Library staff must make every reasonable effort to replace or substitute, as appropriate, any depository receipts that have been lost or damaged.” Let the FDLP know if the shipments need to be suspended or redirected during recovery. See also the FDLP website.
The last section of the Collection Development Guidelines includes a link to the Library of Congress for its breakdown of the major classes and subclasses. Since two of the joint use libraries also use the Dewey Decimal System, faculty and patrons may suggest items using the Dewey classification. Additionally, the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme is used for the majority of the Federal documents collection.
The Collection Development Guidelines were developed and/or modified by library staff in March 1987, August 1989, February 1997, September 1999, September 2001, August 2005, August 2006, June 2007, August 2008, July 2011, March 2012, July 2012, June 2013, August 2013, June 2015, and September 2021.