Serials include periodicals, newspapers, annuals (reports, yearbooks, etc.), journals and numbered monographic series.
Library staff selectively purchase a wide range of serial publications.
Serials serve as a major source of current information in many academic disciplines and complement the library's book collection. Because each serial title involves a prospective long-term commitment of funds, and because of the increasing cost of these subscriptions, acquisition of new titles requires serious consideration.
Development of the serials collection is a cooperative activity involving faculty and librarians, with final selection responsibility belonging to the librarians.
- General Serial Selection Guidelines
The primary criterion used to evaluate and select a serial subscription is the title's support of the educational program of the college. Efforts should be made to achieve a balance among the various departments in ordering serials, keeping in mind the differential reliance upon serial publications and their varying costs.
Other important considerations are:
- Accessibility through indexing and abstracting services/subscription databases
- Subscription price
- Availability/pricing through interlibrary loan or other document delivery services
- Interlibrary loan requests
- Presence on a core-titles list for a department or an accrediting agency
- Appropriateness for the level of study of the subject at the college
- Positive reviews in professional literature
The collection will be examined regularly in order to evaluate its continued adherence to the above considerations.
To initiate a request for a serials subscription, the requester must complete the Journal Request Form. Specific requirements and procedures are indicated on the request form.
- Serial Format Selection Guidelines
In order to maximize access and minimize space constraints, the library subscribes to serial publications electronically if the electronic version of a title may be obtained through a stable, cost-efficient source.
For scholarly journals that directly support the Hope College curriculum, electronic format is preferred.
The purpose of our current print periodical collection is to support current news awareness from a variety of voices and viewpoints and encourage leisure reading. We will consider subscribing to print periodicals if they fill a departmental or curricular need, are unavailable electronically, or if the quality of the electronic version is unacceptable.
(Last revised October 2020.)