Collection development, access, and preservation activities at the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library (Harrell HSL) are conducted to support the four components of the Penn State Hershey mission: academic (education), clinical, research and community service. Library faculty liaisons proactively keep abreast of strategic priorities and new developments at the institutional, campus, and departmental levels. The library strives to make all of its resources and services discoverable and accessible without regard to physical location. The library's collection development activities are conducted according to the Collection Development Statement.
Goal 1: The library will improve its collections and their discoverability.
- Continue to partner with the University Libraries in systems and collection development activities.
- Complete the population of the Serials Solutions Electronic Resources Management System (ERMS) to improve discoverability, provide interlibrary loan services, and to prepare for license reviews related to health system partnership activities.
- Continue to monitor the development of the health system and the regional medical campus and any implications for collections acquisition and licensing.
- Complete the development of the collection analysis toolkit, including scripts for data analysis to improve the accuracy and efficiency of collection development activities. Promote the use of this toolkit across the University Libraries.
Continue to assess the collections with regard to coverage and use, including benchmarking against known metrics such as the Doody's Core Titles list and Journal Citation Reports impact factor data.
Goal 2: The library will enhance access to its resources and services.
- Investigate further integration of consumer health information within the electronic health record for patients.
- Investigate further integration of evidence-based resources within the electronic medical record.
- Improve the accuracy of the library's holdings information, both on the Serials Solutions A-to-Z list, and in resource sharing sites such as SERHOLD, the National Library of Medicine’s serials database.
- Identify opportunities for data collection and use with regard to the library's internal and external dashboards.
- Continue to monitor developments related to web platforms at University Libraries and at Hershey, and have contingencies in place for migration to the most appropriate platform.
- Use assessment metrics such as Google Analytics to determine use patterns and continue to refine access pathways to library resources.
Goal 3: The library will preserve and provide access to its special collections.
- Continue to enhance the digital archive, creating a virtual exhibit space for the libraries' special collections.
- In conjunction with the Harrell HSL renovation project, improve the housing and accessibility of the Medical History Collection.
- In conjunction with the Harrell HSL renovation project, complete the assessment and reconfiguration of the library archives, including housing of necessary materials at the Harrell HSL and the relocation of appropriate parts of the archives to University Park.
- Assess use of the special collections in print (using Sirsi data) and electronic, using analytics data in LibGuides, ContentDM, and other relevant systems.