This policy provides a general and detailed description of the educational and research programs of the department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Within this context, the document describes the short and long-term efforts to support the library material and resource needs of the department and its programs.
In general, a systematic effort has been made to acquire major monograph works, relevant proceedings, and core journals that support the primary and secondary research needs of the department and its instructional programs. Among the factors that influence the selection of monographic works are their overall relevance to department programs, potential usage, and state, regional, and national availability. Potential usage is determined by a title-by-title systematic review of record data in Alma for new editions of existing publications, or in the case of a new title, a review of circulation data from books with similar content. Availability is determined by reviewing the holdings of candidate publications by our state and regional interlibrary loan partners in the OCLC WorldCat database.In addition, ISU interlibrary loan reports are systematically reviewed on a semi-annual basis to identify the current and emerging needs and interests of faculty and staff associated with the department.
The majority of key journals to support the research interests of the departmental faculty are now delivered in electronic format, with only a few still arriving in print.