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SECTION 11: Library and Learning/Information Resources
11.1 Library and Learning/Information Resources
The institution provides adequate and appropriate library and learning/
information resources, services, and support for its mission.
(Library and learning/information resources) [CR]
To provide adequate support for the institution’s curriculum and mission, an institution’s students, faculty, and staff have access to appropriate collections, services, and other library-related resources that support all educational, research, and public service programs wherever they are offered and at the appropriate degree level. The levels and types of educational programs offered determine the nature and extent of library and learning resources needed to support the full range of the institution’s academic programs. Qualified, effective staff are essential to carrying out the goals of a library/learning resource center and the mission of the institution, and to contributing to the quality and integrity of academic programs. The purpose of this Core Requirement is to ensure that an institution offers adequate and appropriate library collections, services, and other related learning resources to support the mission of the institution. If the institution has research and/or public service missions in addition to its educational mission, the standard applies to those aspects of library and learning/information resources as well. The levels and types of degrees offered by an institution determine the nature and extent of library-related resources needed to support the full range of its academic programs. In order to adequately support the institution’s curriculum and mission, an institution may arrange for its students and faculty to have convenient access to the library/learning resources of another institution or to library-related resources that are shared by a consortium of institutions. In any case, it is expected that the institution provide adequate and appropriate library collections, learning resources, and related services at all locations, including off-campus instructional sites and branch campuses, as well as programs and courses offered through distance and correspondence education.
Institutions should include information on learning/information resources housed in the
library, other locations, or offered over a network, as appropriate (e.g., curriculum labs,
specified reading rooms, computer labs, IT help services, writing centers, online learning
management systems). If this information is instead presented in Core Requirement 12.1
(Student support services), that should be clear in the narrative of both standards. Physical
facilities and the condition of such facilities (as opposed to contents within the building) do
not need to be addressed in this standard, but should be addressed in Standard 13.7 (Physical
Details on how library collections, resources, and services are assessed and results used to make
improvements should be found in Standard 8.2.c (Student outcomes: academic and student
services). Some of that information also may appear in this standard if it helps to establish
the adequacy and appropriateness of current collections, services, and other related learning
Access to library collections and services is specifically included in Standard 11.3 (Library and
learning/information access). Thus in Core Requirement 11.1, the emphasis should be on an
enumeration of collections, resources, and the types of services offered. Ease of access should be
part of Standard 11.3, not the current standard. There will be some duplication of discussion
between these two standards.
Reference to SACSCOC Documents, If Applicable
SACSCOC policy: Distance and Correspondence Education
Cross-References to Other Related Standards/Requirements, If Applicable
Standard 8.2.c (Student outcomes: academic and student services)
Standard 11.3 (Library and learning/information access)
Standard 13.7 (Physical resources)