Welcome to the home page for Collection Development at Wichita State University Libraries with information and news about the library collections, collection policies and statistics, departmental contacts and staff, information about issues affecting collection development, and links to useful resources and tools.
As part of its mission, the Wichita State University Libraries must provide access to information resources and develop library collections that meet the teaching and research needs of the WSU faculty, staff, and students. Collection development involves evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of current collections, assessing the needs of the university community, carefully selecting new materials in all formats, promoting the use of library materials, and continuing the effort to find the most effective means of providing information to the WSU community.
At WSU Libraries, Subject Librarians are library faculty who not only serve as Reference Librarians but who have been assigned the responsibility for evaluating, selecting, and otherwise developing the collections in one or more subject areas. As Subject Librarians, they serve as library liaisons to the corresponding academic departments and units. They not only handle faculty requests for library materials, but they also offer library instruction specially designed to meet the needs of specific classes, provide library orientation to new faculty, and are available for consultation by faculty or students for specialized reference.
The library encourages department and program chairs to meet regularly with their liaison librarians in order to keep the library informed of changes in emphasis of programs and to learn about new library resources and services.
For a list of Liaison Librarians, please click here.
Liaison Librarians work to maintain a strong book or monograph collection that meets the needs of faculty and students even during fiscally challenging times. There are three basic methods of acquiring books:
WSU Libraries has a collection of over 3800 periodical subscriptions. At this time, new periodicals cannot be added to the collection without canceling current subscriptions of comparable cost.
However, faculty and students are encouraged to forward any requests for new periodicals to the appropriate Subject Librarian as wish lists are maintained and consulted when funding becomes available. You may also fill out a Purchase Request Form.
In addition to the print subscriptions, WSU Libraries is continuing efforts to provide access to electronic journals and selected packages, whenever possible. Click here for a list of WSU electronic journal subscriptions.
Acquiring Electronic Databases
WSU Libraries provide access to a wide variety of electronic databases and other digital reference sources - both general and subject-specific - including several full-text resources. Most of these databases are available on the Web. In recent years, the purchase of some databases has been done in conjunction with consortia in order to insure cost savings. Click here for a list of the library's online databases.
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to provide librarians with feedback about the available databases and with suggestions for new resources. As networking throughout the university increases, so will remote access to databases that are housed on the library network and those that are available via the Internet. If faculty and students have any questions about how to access a database, please come to or call the Reference Desk at 978-3584 or contact the appropriate Subject Librarian.