Decisions regarding acquisition of all resources are based on the priorities and criteria stated in IV. A-E above.
Access to ebooks is provided via multiple platforms. Ebooks are purchased via package deals and subject to availability, individually or on approval. The library strives to provide access to digital collections, however, timely provision of relevant content is the first consideration. In some cases, there will be both a print and digital copy of a title in the collection, though this situation is avoided to the best of our ability. Multiple user access to a title is preferred, though we would not eliminate single user access titles from the selection process. Platforms with accessible interfaces (accessible via screen readers) and those that offer accessible format download options (i.e. versions that are machine-readable) will be preferred.
2. Out-of-Print (O/P)
The Library will attempt to find used or out-of-print books if they are not available new. The acquisitions assistants will contact out-of-print dealers. The search is stopped if these sources are unable to obtain the book. .
Books used as textbooks for courses are not typically acquired for the collection; the decision to purchase rests with individual subject librarians. Students are expected to purchase their own copies of textbooks listed in course outlines. In some instances, faculty members deposit a “faculty copy” with the library and these are listed in the Course Readings section of the library catalogue.
B. Serials and Electronic Resources
The serials collection consists of print and online subscriptions and full-text electronic databases. The Interlibrary Loan Department provides subsidized access to resources not currently purchased by the Library. Decisions to add new serial subscriptions or any electronic resources (ER) are made on an individual basis and submitted to the Electronic Resources and Serials Review Committee.
The Library acquires a limited number of hardcopy newspapers covering local, provincial and national news. A selected number of international newspapers are purchased to meet curricular needs. Access to a wide number of regional, national, and international newspapers are available full-text through several online databases and indexes.
Justification for new requests is required; such requests are considered based upon criteria in IV A- F above and upon the following factors:
- Support of curriculum development.
- Support of general library use.
- Support of the research interests of faculty and students.
- Support of current awareness for faculty members.
- Support of the collection development process.
- Cross- disciplinary usefulness.
Availability of alternative access methods (e.g., other Toronto or Ontario libraries, full text, interlibrary loan).
3. Budget considerations.
Backfiles of periodicals are considered on a title by title basis and as funds become available.
C. Audiovisual Resources
Videotapes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, are available as part of the Audio Visual collections. Online streaming is either available via existing library subscriptions, or is sought on a case by case basis. Facilities to use these materials are provided within the library. AV materials may be viewed in-house, booked for classroom use, or borrowed, depending on format.
A small collection of 16 mm films is available for faculty use only.
Materials are acquired only in formats for which equipment is available in the library, classroom or for home use. Videos with closed captions and/or audio description will be preferred. Videos without closed captions or English subtitles will only be acquired if the permission to caption is granted by the creator or copyright holder.
D. Other Materials
1. Paper Maps
A collection of approximately 10,000 maps includes a selection from the National Topographic System (NTS) of Canada at various map scales. With the exception of the NTS Series and a small sample of global maps, the geographic scope for the collection is focused on the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) of Toronto and southern Ontario, via maps series’ issued by municipalities and the Province of Ontario. The majority of the paper map collection has been catalogued and is searchable through the library OPAC.
2. Print Atlases
The majority of the atlas collection is located in front of the Geospatial, Map and Data Centre (GMDC) in the Besse Information and Learning Commons. This collection is predominantly reference material that is searchable through the library OPAC.
3. Geospatial Data
RULA has access to a range of geospatial data via agreements with various federal, provincial and municipal agencies as well as with private corporations and companies.
The majority of the library’s geospatial resources are available for direct download via the Map and Data at Ryerson (MADAR) website and the Scholars GeoPortal. These data access points offer sophisticated search, discovery and analysis tools to make the data readily available to Ryerson faculty, staff, and students for academic and teaching purposes. Resources include data licensed by exclusively by RULA and/or Ontario academic libraries such as land-based vector data (water, cultural features, etc.), census geography, and orthophotography.
4. Theses and Dissertations
The Library currently holds all graduate level theses produced by Ryerson students. As a beta project, electronic theses, thesis projects, major research papers, and dissertations are being added to the RULA Digital Repository, the University’s institutional repository. In conjunction with Graduate Studies, the library is investigating a suitable electronic submission platform for students to upload electronic copies of graduate papers. Eventually, all theses will be available in electronic formats. Theses and dissertations produced outside of Ryerson are purchased when they meet the same criteria as applied to books.
5. Government Documents
The Library is a selective depository library for Canadian government documents. The paper or digital copies are catalogued and integrated into the general collection. Documents are also individually selected as they meet the criteria applied to books and serials. Electronic access to government published data, such as Statistics Canada, is available through the Library website under the MADAR webpages. Older print data collections are located in the stacks, which can be located through Library’s discovery layer.
6. Quickshare (Direct Access Electronic Resources)
Two Quickshare machines are located by the Reference Desk on the main floor (2nd floor) of the Library. Several direct access electronic resources are available on these machines. These are only added to the collection on a case by case basis.
Microfilm and microfiche have been purchased in the past as backups for high use or high risk serials or because the material was only available in those formats. The Library still maintains some materials in this format but no longer adds to the collection.