Our Common Values lead us to choose materials which:
In alignment with Boston College social justice goals, we strongly support Open Access initiatives whenever possible in their purchasing. See our Open Access Guide for more details. Here are some examples of the Libraries' Open Access initiatives:
The Library also supports publishers who allow deposition of content in repositories, including e-Scholarship@bc.edu/ for open access to preprint materials. Boston College Libraries, with the support of the Provost, offers the Open Access Fund for individual researchers publishing in fully-open access venues.
Alignment with BC research, teaching and learning needs.
Faculty and student requests
Reflecting the diversity of scholarship
Scope and content – comprehensiveness and depth of coverage
Reputation of source (publisher, scholarly society, author)
Availability of institutional license
Purchase satisfies multiple users, not just one
Currency and timeliness
Discoverable in major indexing and abstracting tools or professional organization indexes
Physical quality of the item (particularly in relationship to special collection or rare items) and/or special features
Cost consistent with sound stewardship of funds
Responsive to a changing scholarly publishing landscape
Consistent with Boston College Libraries Open Access goals, whenever relevant to the purchase decision
Inclusive of conversial topics if inclusion contributes positively to the scholarly conversation
We limit purchasing of the following
Duplicate copies of materials we already own.
Textbooks are generally purchased at the request of faculty members for placement on Course Reserves. For some disciplines, textbooks may be purchased for the general collections.
Microforms are purchased only for key resources where there are no other options.