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.

Accounting Shamsha Karim 305-237-2295
Animation and Gaming Adria Leal 305-237-3449
Anthropology Isabel Duque 305-237-6088
Architecture and Interior Design Jenny Saxton  305-237-2075 
Aviation Lizeth Garcia 305-237-5021
Biology Angel Hernandez 305-237-8308
Business Shamsha Karim 305-237-2295
Chemistry Steve Kronen 305-237-8905
Cannabis Industry Program Maria Casado 305-237-1775
Clinical Laboratory Sciences Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Criminal Justice Maria Casado 305-237-1775
Culinary Arts Marta Frydman 305-237-3446
Dental Hygiene Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Early Childhood Education Valda Adeyiga 305-237-8732
Earth Ethics Institute Steve Kronen 305-237-8905
Earth Sciences Steve Kronen 305-237-8905
Economics Shamsha Karim 305-237-2295
Education Valda Adeyiga 305-237-8732
Emergency Medical Services Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Engineering Michael Moore 305-237-2072
English Composition & Literature Christina M. Dillon 305-237-8655
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lizeth Garcia 305-237-5021
Fashion Design and Merchandising Adria Leal 305-237-3449
Film & Television Production Erin Fennell 305-237-8085
Fire Services Maria Casado 305-237-1775
Foreign Languages  Beth Cloues 305-237-6736
Funeral Services Angel Hernandez 305-237-8308
Graphic Design, Web Design,
& Computer Animation
Erin Fennell 305-237-8085
Health and Wellness Angel Hernandez 305-237-8308
Health Information Technology Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
History Jenny Saxton 305-237-2075
Histotechnology Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Human Services and
Addiction Studies
Beth Cloues 305-237-6736
Humanities Michael Moore 305-237-2072
Institute for Civic Engagement
and Democracy (iCED)
Shamsha Karim  305-237-2295 
International Relations Erin Fennel 305-237-8085
Law Adria Leal 305-237-3449
Massage Therapy Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
Mathematics Jenny Saxton 305-237-2075
Medical Assisting Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
Medical Coder Biller Specialist Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
Music Business Erin Fennell 305-237-8085
Nuclear Medicine Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Nursing Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Opticianry Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Pharmacy Technician Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
Philosophy Michael Moore 305-237-2072
Phlebotomy Technician Elisa Abella 305-237-4498
Photography Erin Fennell 305-237-8085
Physical Therapist Assistant Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Physician Assistant Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Physics Steve Kronen 305-237-8905
Political Science Erin Fennell 305-237-3449
Preschool  Valda Adeyiga 305-237-8732
Psychology Beth Cloues 305-237-6736
Radiography Carla Clark 305-237-4342
Religion Michael Moore 305-237-2072
Respiratory Care Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
Sociology Isabel Duque 305-237-6088
Speech Christina M. Dillon 305-237-8655
Student Life Skills Isabel Duque 305-237-6088
Technology Michael Moore 305-237-2072
Translation & Interpretation Studies Beth Cloues 305-237-6736
Veterinary Technican Ivan Toledo 305-237-4325
World Languages Beth Cloues 305-237-6736


Hialeah Campus Valda Adeyiga 305-237-8732
Christina M. Dillon 305-237-8655
Homestead Campus Lizeth Garcia 305-237-5021
Kendall Campus Shamsha Karim 305-237-2295
Jenny Saxton 305-237-2075
Michael Moore 305-237-2072
Medical Campus Carla Clark 305-237-4342
North Campus Angel Hernandez 305-237-8308
Laurel (Erin) Fennell 305-237-8085
Maria Casado 305-237-1775
PadrĂ³n Campus Beth Cloues 305-237-6736
Isabel Duque 305-237-6088
West Campus Steve Kronen 305-237-8905
Wolfson Campus Adria Leal 305-237-3449
Marta Frydman 305-237-3446


I. Mission

Learning Resources at Miami Dade College provides a learning-centered environment that integrates academic support services, resources, technologies, and instruction to promote academic excellence.

II. Purpose

The purpose of the Collection Development Guidelines is to provide guidance to the Miami Dade Colleges Learning Resources Division 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

The Learning Resources Division relies primarily upon the librarians and discipline faculty of the College for purchase recommendations. It is the professional responsibility of these two groups to develop the collection in sync with curriculum goals. All library users, regardless of status, are invited to make purchase recommendations.

IV. Standards, Ethics, and Legal Principles

  1. The Miami Dade College Learning Resources Division follows the standards for Library/Learning Resources of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), as well as those of any other accrediting agency or association requiring library support for any of the specialized educational programs of the College. Since accrediting agencies may use the standards of the American Library Association (ALA) to evaluate Learning Resources Division and library collections, it is important that MDC Learning Resources Division strives toward meeting the most recent version of Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, as set and revised, by ALA's Association of College and Research libraries Division.

  2. It is the responsibility of the librarians and other selectors to ensure that all points of view relevant to the College mission are represented in the collection. The Learning Resources Division endorses the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read. The principles of these documents frame the MDC Learning Resources Division`s views of intellectual freedom and censorship. The Learning Resources Division 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 will receive a written response.

V. Selection Criteria

  1. Curriculum Support
    The Learning Resources Division`s first 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 the first two years of an undergraduate curriculum, as well as four-year programs in certain subject areas, materials recommended for undergraduates will receive first priority for purchase.

  2. Selection Criteria by Type of Material
    The Learning Resources Division of the College strives to maintain a balance of print and non-print materials. The Learning Resources Division uses and contribute to the selection of databases and full-text materials accessible from the state's Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative. These databases are not owned or archived by the College and thus are not a substitute to the development of purchased electronic collections of the Learning Resources Division.

    Examples of non-print /electronic resources include online databases, e-books and journals, web sites, and audiovisual sources.

    Access to library electronic resources is restricted to Miami Dade College students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The electronic resources are available at any time from any computer with Internet access on campus and off campus but do require confirmation via Borrower ID and pin number to establish the user's college status. 

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

VI. Collection Maintenance/Deselection

Library faculty and library administrators will withdraw library materials according to library science weeding criteria such as poor condition, outdated technological/scientific information, and target audience of the material. Continuous evaluation of holdings is an essential ongoing practice.

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.