The mission of Alcorn State University’s Serial Department is to emphasize intellectual development by “Consistently inspiring patrons to continue taking advantage of lifelong learning experiences utilizing ASU’s hundreds of journals through various databases both on and off campus through OPAC and promptly and effectively procuring serials publications.

Vision Statement

The Serials Department’s vision is to reinforce the main vision of Alcorn State University. The Serials Department is and will remain one of the conduits ASU uses in its plight to develop diverse students into globally competitive leaders who are well capable of applying scientific research through collaborative partnerships that will benefit surrounding communities and states.


Integrity : We will be straightforward with each patron that patronize the resources of the J. D. Boyd library with a pleasant attitude.

Knowledge : We will share the wealth of knowledge we hold in book form on our magazines on shelves, in newspapers, on microform, on various ASU Web sites, in our journal online databases and in print with every patron in the most courteous way possible.

Service : We persist ready to offer each patron the best library experience possible through the least stressful means while using the most up-to-date technology available to ASU amidst fulfilling each patron’s information need.

Communication : We will maintain an open, courteous, and attentive line of communication from the very beginning of each library experience to the very last word spoken between each library employee and the patron.


The goal of the Serials Department is to maintain a periodical collection that meets all information need for both academic and entertainment purposes. In addition, this department’s ambition is:

1) to continue to give patrons access to our information services online 24 hours a day seven days a week through online database access on and off campus;

2) to continue give patrons access to the ASU library facility for extended hours to meet their daily information need; and

3) to encourage all patrons, including employees, to explore the wide variety of resources the serials department offers that will also meet information need beside the usual or most common resources.