Learning Resources

Collection Development

Library liaisons work with discipline faculty to ensure that resources needed to support the curriculum are available college-wide. These resources may include such things as LibGuides, books, online databases, or eBooks. In addition, the library liaison can design instructional sessions or work with faculty to design assignments that teach students information literacy skills. Contact the liaisons below to learn more about our new discipline-based approach to collection development at MDC.

If your discipline is not listed here, please contact your campus librarian.

Discipline Librarian Email Telephone
Accounting Shamsha Karim skarim1@mdc.edu 305-237-2295
Animation and Gaming Zoila De Yurre Fatemian zdeyurre@mdc.edu 305-237-7454
Anthropology Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Architecture and Interior Design Jenny Saxton jsaxton@mdc.edu 305-237-2075
Aviation Lizeth Garcia lgarci16@mdc.edu 305-237-5021
Biology Simone Williams swilli5@mdc.edu 305-237-1471
Business Shamsha Karim skarim1@mdc.edu 305-237-2295
Cannabis Industry Program Maria Casado mcasado@mdc.edu 305-237-1775
Changemaking Lizeth Garcia lgarci16@mdc.edu 305-237-5021
Chemistry Kimberly Hughes khughes1@mdc.edu 305-237-4815
Clinical Laboratory Sciences Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Criminal Justice Maria Casado mcasado@mdc.edu 305-237-1775
Culinary Arts Marta Frydman mfrydman@mdc.edu 305-237-3446
Dental Hygiene Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Early Childhood Education Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Earth Ethics Institute Kimberly Hughes khughes1@mdc.edu 305-237-4815
Earth Sciences Kimberly Hughes khughes1@mdc.edu 305-237-4815
Economics Shamsha Karim skarim1@mdc.edu 305-237-2295
Education Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Emergency Medical Services Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Engineering Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
English Composition & Literature Christina M. Dillon cmachado@mdc.edu 305-237-8655
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lizeth Garcia lgarci16@mdc.edu 305-237-5021
Fashion Design and Merchandising Zoila De Yurre Fatemian zdeyurre@mdc.edu 305-237-7454
Film & Television Production Angel Hernandez aherna19@mdc.edu 305-237-8308
Fire Services Maria Casado mcasado@mdc.edu 305-237-1775
Funeral Services Simone Williams swilli5@mdc.edu 305-237-1471
Graphic Design, Web Design,
& Computer Animation
Edwin Gilmore egilmore@mdc.edu 305-237-8085
Graphic Novel Collection Angel Hernandez aherna19@mdc.edu 305-237-8308
Health and Wellness Simone Williams swilli5@mdc.edu 305-237-1471
Health Information Technology Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Health Services Management Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
History Jenny Saxton jsaxton@mdc.edu 305-237-2075
Histotechnology Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Human Services and Addiction Studies Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Humanities Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
Institute for Civic Engagement
and Democracy (iCED)
Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
International Relations Edwin Gilmore egilmore@mdc.edu 305-237-8085
Law Zoila De Yurre Fatemian zdeyurre@mdc.edu 305-237-7454
Mathematics Jenny Saxton jsaxton@mdc.edu 305-237-2075
Medical Laboratory Sciences Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Music Angel Hernandez aherna19@mdc.edu 305-237-8308
Music Business Angel Hernandez aherna19@mdc.edu 305-237-8308
Nuclear Medicine Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Nursing Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Opticianry Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Philosophy Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
Photography Edwin Gilmore egilmore@mdc.edu 305-237-8085
Physical Therapist Assistant Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Physician Assistant Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Physics Kimberly Hughes khughes1@mdc.edu 305-237-4815
Political Science Edwin Gilmore egilmore@mdc.edu 305-237-8085
Preschool Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Psychology Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Radiography Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Religion Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
Respiratory Care Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Sociology Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Speech Christina M. Dillon cmachado@mdc.edu 305-237-8655
Student Life Skills Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Surgical Technology Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
Technology Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
Translation & Interpretation Studies Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
Veterinary Technician Ivan Toledo itoledo2@mdc.edu 305-237-4325
World Languages Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151


Campus Librarian Email Telephone
Hialeah Campus Christina M. Dillon cmachado@mdc.edu 305-237-8655
Patricia Gancedo pgancedo@mdc.edu 305-237-8728
Homestead Campus Lizeth Garcia lgarci16@mdc.edu 305-237-5021
Kendall Campus Shamsha Karim skarim1@mdc.edu 305-237-2295
Jenny Saxton jsaxton@mdc.edu 305-237-2075
Alia Shields ashields@mdc.edu 305-237-2072
Medical Campus Carla Clark cclark3@mdc.edu 305-237-4342
North Campus Maria Casado mcasado@mdc.edu 305-237-1775
Edwin Gilmore egilmore@mdc.edu 305-237-8085
Simone Williams swilli5@mdc.edu 305-237-1471
Padrón Campus Erick Dominicis edominic@mdc.edu 305-237-6151
West Campus Kimberly Hughes khughes1@mdc.edu 305-237-4815
Wolfson Campus Marta Frydman mfrydman@mdc.edu 305-237-3446


I. Mission

Learning Resources at Miami Dade College transforms student lives by championing teaching and learning as an extension of the classroom.

II. Purpose

The purpose of the Collection Development Guidelines is to provide guidance to Miami Dade College Learning Resources in the acquisition and retention of relevant and quality materials that support the mission and curriculum of the College. The following major factors influence collection development decisions:

  • Relevance to the educational programs of the College
  • Balance in the collection
  • Accuracy, objectivity, and suitability
  • Professional reviewing recommendations
  • Reputation of the author, publisher, and/or producer
  • Timeliness of the delivery of information
  • Current holdings in the subject area
  • Format
  • Price

III. Responsibility for Selection

Learning Resources relies on the College's librarians and discipline faculty for purchase recommendations. It is the professional responsibility of these two groups to develop the collection coordinated with curriculum goals. All MDC authorized library users with an active status are invited to make purchase recommendations.

IV. Standards, Ethics, and Legal Principles

  1. Miami Dade College’s Learning Resources follows the standards for Library/Learning Resources of its accrediting organizations, as well as those of any other accrediting agency or association requiring library support for any of the specialized educational programs of the College. MDC's libraries support the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and the American Film and Video Association’ s Freedom to View Statement. The libraries follow the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries. For these guidelines, the libraries have adopted sections of the Library Bill of Rights applicable to collection development as approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors. The general principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights form an indispensable framework for building collections, services, and policies that serve the entire academic community.

  2. Learning Resources endorses the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read. The principles of these documents frame the MDC Learning Resources’ views of intellectual freedom and censorship. Learning Resources does not, at the request of any individual or group, add or remove materials that do not meet the College's stated selection criteria. Library users with an issue about an item in the collection should direct their concerns to the campus Learning Resources Director. All issues will be considered in light of the Collection Development Guidelines and may receive a written response.

It is the responsibility of the librarians and other selectors to ensure that all points of view are represented in the collection. In the interests of research and learning, it is essential that collections contain materials representing a variety of perspectives, including subjects that may be considered controversial. Preservation and replacement efforts should ensure that balance in library materials is maintained and that controversial materials are not removed from the collections through theft, loss, mutilation, or normal wear and tear.

V. Selection Criteria

  1. Curriculum Support
    Learning Resources priority is to provide a current, core collection of print and non-print materials to students in support of curriculum requirements. Since the College's focus is on undergraduate education, materials recommended for undergraduates will receive priority for purchase.

  2. Selection Criteria by Type of Material
    Learning Resources strives to maintain a balance of print and non-print materials. The department uses and contributes to the selection of databases and full-text materials accessible from the Florida Virtual Campus Library Services. These databases are not owned or archived by the College and thus are not a substitute for the development of electronic collections purchased by Learning Resources. Examples of non-print /electronic resources include online databases, e-books and journals, web sites, and audiovisual sources.

  3. Gifts
    The selection of materials as gifts will be governed by the same criteria as purchased items. Learning Resources reserves the right to refuse donations and to dispose of unwanted material. Learning Resources is not responsible for a monetary statement to the donor for tax purposes but may acknowledge the number of items donated in writing. Learning Resources assumes no responsibility for the use donors make of such acknowledgments.

VI. Collection Maintenance/Deselection

Whenever possible, classroom faculty members and other subject specialists are invited to participate in the weeding process to assure that materials of historical, literary, or research interest are retained. Weeded materials are officially withdrawn from the collection. Library materials reported missing may be replaced after evaluation of the item according to the same criteria for selection as regularly purchased items. Librarians responsible for collection development are responsible for assuring that missing, lost, and damaged materials are replaced as needed.

VII. Electronic Resources

Electronic resources include online databases and journals, e-books and e-audiobooks, and streaming media collections. These collections should be frequently and systematically reviewed for the currency of information.

  1. Selection
    Selection criteria, as stated in section V., for library materials apply to electronic resources, too. However, due to their unique nature, special criteria need also be applied.

    1. Criteria
    1. Cost and access model
    2. Technical considerations (accessibility and compatibility)
    3. Added enhancements and/or improved access
    4. Option to acquire through Consortium
    5. Acceptable license termsSelection

    Faculty, students, and staff may recommend electronic resources be added to the collection by recommending the resources to Librarians and submitting requests directly on the digital platforms. Additionally, faculty can recommend both print and digital resources by completing the Suggest Materials for the Collection form.

  2. Review
    Electronic resources are reviewed and reassessed before renewal. The guidelines as detailed in section VI. Collection Maintenance/Deselection are to be followed with special consideration applied to whether the resource overlaps or duplicates material in another format, if the information is available in a more suitable format, declining usage statistics, cost, and budget reductions.

  3. Access
    Electronic resources are cataloged as part of the MDC Libraries’ collection and available through the Learning Resources homepage. Training on newly acquired resources will be offered to library staff to keep knowledge of the collection current. Electronic resources will be promoted to faculty, students, and staff, alongside training offered, as necessary.

VIII. Policy Review

This deselection guideline will be reviewed at the end of each fiscal year by the Collection Development group with the MDC Library Committee and other designated library staff members.