Calvin’s Educational Policy committee (EPC) requires academic departments to include in any new course or program proposal an evaluation of the ability of the library's collection to support that course or program.
The importance of this evaluation is two-fold. First, it ensures that the library will have the resources—books, journal subscriptions, article databases, videos, microfilm collections—that both professors and students will need to support study and research in the subject areas covered by the new course or program. Second, the timing of the evaluation—when a course or program is being proposed—is important because it is only then that new funds can be designated for library materials. This is particularly critical for requesting new journal subscriptions or article databases, as the library’s budget for such materials typically does not allow for these types of resources to be added without sacrificing other resources. (See the Journal Ordering page) The additional funds can also be helpful for extensive book purchases or for acquiring very specialized (and costly) resources such as online collections.
The evaluation of library resources should be seen as an opportunity to enhance the research of students and faculty, and to add to the quality of the library’s collection and its support for university courses and programs.
Departments or professors planning a new course or program should contact David Malone (Dean of the Library) or their liaison librarian to set up a short consultation meeting. Based on the recommendations of departmental representatives, library staff will evaluate the collection and provide a recommendation for specific purchases.