The Library supports the NMSCST curricular programs in its teaching, research and information need on technical and professional reading materials, equipment and instructional modus in various formats to enhance better learning to achieve quality education for all.
The College Library is open at least fifty four (54) hours a week.
II. THE COLLEGE AND ITS CLIENTELE
The College serves a population of around 4,000 students who are enrolled in different schools namely: School of Teacher Education, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Technology, School of Information and Communications Technology, School of Business and Administration, School of Agriculture and Senior and Junior High School.
A.1 Brief Overview of the Collection
There are at least 2 major areas of the collection according to readers: the undergraduate and high school. Large areas are the undergraduate collection which is divided by unit section in the libraries.
The following areas are described below:
a. Filipiniana – This collection is distinguished by the following factors: they are books about the Philippines and the Filipinos, written by writers of different nationalities, in any language: or books on any subject written by Filipino writers: or any book of any subject that has certain parts or chapters about the Philippines. These materials are read only inside the Library, and are charged out through the counter.
b. Reserved – Books placed on this area are those which are assigned by the faculty as required reading for their specific courses. These collections are varied as there are programs that request titles for reserve on a temporary or occasional basis, although there are some on permanent reserve.
c. General Reference and Special Collection - Books in this area are generalities, or general works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, handbooks, dictionaries, yearbooks, etc. They are used independently by readers who read inside the section. Books should not be brought outside the specific area of the specified area for security and safety control. Permission to photocopy portions of the book are allowed. Special collection included books of varied subjects in special formats or special features.
d. Stack or Core Collection – This area houses the main core of the collection of the whole library system, and include books in the major areas of knowledge or grouped by the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme, from Philosophy, Religion, Social Sciences, Language, Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Arts and Recreation, and History. This collection is loaned out for home use.
e. Periodicals – The Periodicals section provides information and knowledge that are not yet published in books. Periodicals include newspapers, magazines, professional journals, pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and vertical file materials. The professional journals comprise titles recommended for subscription by the different colleges for their own students. The materials are read only inside the area and may not be brought outside, except for photocopy, which is subject to photocopying procedures, rules and regulations.
f. High School - The High School section of the library provides books and other learning resource intended for high school students.
A.2 Types of Publication
The College Library shall acquire several types of publication: books, serials or periodicals, pamphlets, booklets, brochures, maps, posters etc.
a. Books shall be required preference shall be given to those subjects that are found in the current curricular offerings of the institution, such as those already in the general description of the collections. Foreign-published works may be purchased if there are no local reprints, and if they are very badly needed. However, Filipiniana is most preferred in nearly all subjects, whenever it is available.
b. Periodicals that are given preference in subscription are those which are professional journals of the courses offered by the institution, as well as the magazines and newspapers that give useful information and knowledge of general interest to all types of readers. Local newspapers and magazines maybe subscribed to, subject to evaluation of their contents, accuracy and objectivity, reference and research value and their local interest need.
c. Other Non-Book Materials. Aside from books, periodicals, and general references, the Library may acquire other types of publications that include pamphlets, brochures, booklets, maps, charts, posters, photos and such types of non-books that may be needed by the readers, especially for research and ready reference. The choice of acquiring non-books should be based on demands by readers, and curricular needs in the teaching and learning field. Audio-visual types of library resources are acquired, managed, and developed by the E-Library.
A.3 Collection of Local History, Special and Archival Materials
Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology Library will also acquire materials on local history, special materials, manuscripts (if available) and archival materials. The policies governing their acquisition and management, and development are stated below:
a. Local History. The Librarian is encouraged to collect and develop materials on the history of the locality and its neighboring towns and cities, in their various forms. Such publications or unpublished materials may include: souvenir programs: publications of the local government, churches and other local institutions: bulletins, newsletters, journals, directories, brochures, pamphlets, charts, posters, maps, photos, of local or regional interest and information from NGO`s or local professional, civic, and cultural associations. These materials may be in English, Filipino or vernacular languages. They will be accessioned, cataloged and classified according to library standard procedures and classification system.
b. Special Collection. This collection consists of special materials which may be characterized as those having special formats in terms of illustrations, binding, size or printing: special sets, such as collectors’ items: or their unavailability in the common market: or by nature, scope, treatment of its content, or language used: or by the special types of users. They should be properly organized and classified.
c. Archival Materials. The Library should also keep the official records, documents and library materials that pertain to the history and development of the institution. Such materials may include yearbooks, souvenir programs, commencement exercises programs, investitures programs, school organs, magazines, journals, photos of school events and portraits of important personages, and other important official records of the institution and its colleges, departments or student organizations. These various materials should be organized, classified and well-managed.
d. Thesis and Dissertations. The academic outputs of the students in the graduate and undergraduate departments of the institution should be part of the Library`s acquisition program. These materials include feasibility studies, projects, researches, theses, and dissertations.
e. Donations, Exchange and Gifts. The Library may acquire library materials also through donations, gifts and exchange, subject to certain policies.
Donations. The Library solicits and accepts donations of books and other library materials that are relevant to the institutions curricular needs and the demands and interests of its readers. Other considerations include the availability of space to house collections, as well as copyright date and research value of the materials.
Gifts. Gifts may be accepted if the materials belong to any of the collections housed, maintained and developed by the library. Gifts of special nature and special agreements which the library may not be able to meet, cannot be accepted. Special considerations may be agreed upon between the patron or sponsor and the institution.
Exchange. The Library should be able to accommodate the exchange sharing of library resources between libraries, or other institutions. Such exchange of materials may be governed by specific agreements entered into by the agreeing parties, as long as the terms of agreement are in accordance with the Institution's policies and that of the Library.