As information for health research and healthcare changes rapidly and becomes dangerous if out of date, the emphasis will be to purchase the most current resources. As such, the primary emphasis will be resources that are no more than 5 years old or resources that remain current by providing updates at a regular interval. However, there will be exceptions as certain health topics have less current research.
Because information for health research and healthcare is being researched and generated world-wide, there is no geographical limit to the resources. Instead the emphasis is on currency, authority, and relevancy.
Although much of the information for health research and healthcare is in multiple languages, the primary audience of the Health Sciences Library are English-speaking. As such, the resources selected to be purchased will primarily be in English.
Due the nature of education at the UW, the spread out nature of the clinicians and researchers of UW Medicine and the schools with the limited space available at the Health Sciences Library building, the primary focus will be to purchase electronic formats only. Print and physical materials will only be purchased as a second choice.
The library will follow these guidelines for selecting resources for the collection:
The Library reviews its collection on a regular basis to determine usefulness and/or the possible relocation or disposal of items. This review would include cancellation of subscriptions or standing orders, weeding, moving to storage, etc. Each item will be considered individually and as a part of the total collection. Collection review will happen on a rotating schedule. Certain areas of the collection will need to be reviewed more often than others. Review of the collection is the responsibility of the library; however, faculty may be consulted for their expertise.
The following criteria will be considered when reviewing:
The library will not purchase popular or juvenile health information except for specifically identified print resources for the Reading Area. Encyclopedias, test preparation books, loose leaf books, and spiral bound books will not be considered for purchase.