Materials are selected in the formats which best support each academic program; the library is committed to providing context-sensitive support for each program of study. Consideration is given to the needs of Winthrop’s faculty and student body. Electronic resources are desirable for off-site access for faculty course preparation and research, off-campus access for students, hybrid courses, and post-traditional students who are coordinating off-campus adult responsibilities with course and assignment schedules.
Printed books form the traditional core of the scholarly monograph collection, augmented by a growing pool of scholarly ebooks acquired through subscriptions and evolving perpetual license purchasing models.
The Library avoids duplication of books, except in areas where heavy use necessitates additional copies.
Periodical literature is largely acquired in aggregate databases accessible to Winthrop users from on- and off-campus; print subscriptions provide access to current journals unavailable in databases.
The library avoids duplication of subscription titles in multiple formats, with two exceptions:
Media are added when they provide unique support for instructional and curricular needs and the library owns the equipment needed to use the resources. Online streaming media are preferred as they can be embedded in course-related materials and offer equipment neutrality.
The library collects college textbooks:
Because textbooks rapidly go out of date, the library does not purchase textbooks except in the cases above, as funding permits.
Although the Library’s focus on recently published materials reduces the need for out-of-print materials, several factors warrant out-of-print purchases: