The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library serves all arms of the UAMS Mission and is the main academic health sciences center library in the state of Arkansas. Our collection covers all major biomedical disciplines and supports the information needs of the Colleges of Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Graduate School. The majority of our resources are electronic and accessible remotely to UAMS personnel and students. The collection includes: databases, ejournals, ebooks, print books, multi-media tools and materials from the Historical Research Center and UAMS Archives. The Library’s website is the main entry point to our resources & services.
The UAMS Library’s collection has been developed to meet present and future information needs of our users on the Little Rock campus, the Northwest Campus and at the UAMS Regional Centers around the state. Our collection is primarily electronic in order to provide the widest and quickest access to materials. To that end, we collect materials published in all formats, but with the following priorities:
Prior to purchasing or licensing of materials, the following factors are considered:
Coverage of non-medical subjects is limited to the following areas:
Funds for the purchase of materials are a designated item in the Library’s fiscal year budget, which is assigned and approved by the Provost. Materials are purchased through a subscription agency, vendors, or directly from the publishers. As a steward of these institutional funds, UAMS Librarians actively search, identify, collaborate and negotiate collective consortial agreements in order to license or purchase materials under the best prices possible.
Materials selected for the Historical Research Center’s collections are purchased through dedicated endowments established for the benefit of the Center.
INTERLIBRARY LOANS (ILLs)
Given the breadth and scope of biomedical information and resources, no Library can afford to collect every quality journal or book. To enhance access to materials, the UAMS Library offers a robust Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service through which we can borrow physical books or request PDFs of full text journal articles from other biomedical libraries. Requests for ILLs require the user to set up an ILLiad account at: https://libguides.uams.edu/ill-edd See the website for specifics.
UAMS faculty, staff and students may request or recommend specific titles of books and/or journals via our online suggestion forms:
Recommendations will be considered based on:
Individuals who wish to honor a family member, friend, or colleague may make monetary contributions to be used by the Library to purchase resources according to the collection policy.
Support can also be provided to the UAMS Library through financial contributions and endowments. Please see the UAMS Institutional Advancement GIVING site and click Make A Gift Online. Click the box under Designations for Select one or more Designation(s). Then you can choose one of the following UAMS Library options.
DONATION OF MATERIALS FOR MAIN COLLECTION
The Library does not accept print donations for the main collection.
HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTER MATERIALS
The mission of the Historical Research Center (HRC) is to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials related to the history of UAMS and the history of the health sciences in Arkansas.
The Historical Research Center seeks additional items and materials for its collection that document the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. If you have materials you wish to donate, please contact Tim Nutt at (501) 686-6735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information provides additional guidance for donations, but the staff of the Historical Research Center is available in person to answer any questions you might have regarding donations. https://libguides.uams.edu/historical-research-center
Any donations accepted by the HRC become the property of the library and it reserves the right to determine retention, location, etc. Inclusion decisions are made by the Director of the Historical Research Center with guidance from the Assistant Director/Archivist, as well on the suggestions of patrons, faculty, and other interested parties.
DE-SELECTION | WEEDING
Materials in the UAMS Library’s collections may be weeded (removed) from the collection based on select criteria.
HISTORICAL: Any print materials will be reviewed by the Historical Research Center faculty for consideration for placement in the Historical Research Center collection.
FACULTY INPUT: Lists of items identified for weeding are shared with UAMS faculty through various outlets to provide opportunity and time for feedback regarding particular titles. Items retained based on faculty input will have notes attached to their catalog records.
Health Sciences Collection Development: an Overview of Fundamental Knowledge and Practices (2nd Edition)
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport - Health Sciences Library Collection Development Policy
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – University Archives Policy 3.1.06 [Revision Date 3.8.23]
University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library – Collection Development Policy
Questions regarding this policy should be sent to Library Administration which includes the Library Director, the Associate Library Director for User Experience and Operations, or the Director of the Historical Research Center.
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