Purpose and Scope
The School of Computer Science is based in the Faculty of Science. It offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A. & B.Sc), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels. As of 2008, research focuses on 25 categories including:
- Advanced compilers
- Artificial intelligence
- Bioinformatics and computational biology
- Computer vision, computer graphics, computer games
- Discrete optimization and computational geometry
- Machine learning
- Probabilistic Analysis of Algorithms
- Quantum computing and cryptography
- Scientific computing
- Software engineering
With the advent of electronic publishing, McGill Library centralized the acquisition of its periodicals, indexing and abstracting databases and eBooks. As of 2006, electronic materials represented 52% of the total library materials (Association of Research Libraries Statistics, 2005-2006). This overall number is under representing the electronic collection in the Science, Technology, and Medical (STM) fields. We are constantly working toward an increased electronic coverage as it enables access to scholarly literature 24/7, from anywhere in the world.
This centralization effort for the acquisition of electronic materials and our participation in various consortia such as the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) enables the Library to provide and maintain a research level collection and provide access to major indexing and abstracting databases in the field. The Library also provides faculty members and graduate students with a “just-in-time” document delivery service for journal articles and conference proceedings not held at the Library. This service is established through a partnership with the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI).
Collection Development Guidelines
Required reading acquisitions
It is our goal that all of the required materials for courses (textbooks, journal articles, DVDs) be included in the collection. The Course Reserves collection ensures fair access for all students by providing access to selected materials on a short term loan period. Because of the increasing high availability of electronic materials, we recommend inclusion of persistent links within WebCT whenever the electronic format is available. This provides students with unlimited simultaneous access while meeting most licensing agreement requirements. The reserve request form can be used to request material to be placed on Course Reserves. A short tutorial on how to view the Course Reserves is also available.
As of 2008, the McGill e-books collection includes more than two million titles. The preferred acquisition model for e-books is through the purchase of large sets. Examples of large sets purchases include:
- Safari Books Online the entire O'Reilly collection for a total of more than 6130 books
- Books24x7 ITPro collection contains more 6977 items
- Springer eBook collection includes more than 30 000 titles. All of 2005, 2006, 2007, 3340 e-books for 2008 and 3370 more titles purchased for 2009 collection.
- Wiley InterScience online books collection includes over 6000 titles.
- Knovel with over 1500 titles
Most of the monographic selection, outside of sets purchase, is automated using selection profiling tools. It is essential that the stephanie [dot] simard [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Liaison Librarian) and the Departmental Representative review the profile below frequently to ensure profile relevancy with Faculty research interests.
Suggestions for book acquisition can be made using our online form to suggest a purchase. Whenever available, e-books format will be selected over the print version.
The collection development profile below uses the Collection levels employed by McGill University Library.
|LC Classification||Description||Collection level|
|GV1469.1-GC1469.9||Computer games, video games - leisure||1|
|Q300-390||Cybernetics. Artificial Intelligence. Information theory. Knowledge representation.||4|
|QA76.1||General and reference work||0|
|QA76.55-QA76.57||Online data processing (e.g. AOL and other commercial services)||0|
|QA76.75-QA76.76||Software and software engineering (e.g. export systems, viruses, hypertext systems, operating systems, etc.)||4|
|QA76.76.D47||Computer software development||4|
McGill Library, along with its consortiums partners, favors the purchase of electronic journal titles (full text) produced by a publisher, bundled, and sold as an all-or-nothing deal. Examples of STM packages include:
- Elsevier ScienceDirect
- Wilson Web
- EBSCO Academic Search Premier
- ProQuest Digital Dissertations
Through the Catalogue we are also making available extensive Open Access collection. For example, the Catalogue will resolve link to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Subject specific collections are also purchased. This is the case our membership with the ACM Digital Library.
Requests for journal acquisition can be made by email to your stephanie [dot] simard [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Liaison Librarian). Note that a Collection Development Committee is in the process of being established, and one of the main roles of this Committee will be to make system-wide decisions as to what should be ordered from these requests, keeping in mind the needs of all disciplines.
Print cancellation policy
Whenever a title is available electronically and we own a perpetual license to it, the print format will be cancelled.