Responsibility for Selection
The Library accepts recommendations for library materials from any user; however, ultimate responsibility for the overall quality and balance of the Library collection rests with the professional librarians. Faculty members are especially encouraged to request Library materials to support their instructional needs, to recommend general items for the Library’s consideration, and to incorporate Library materials and online resources into their courses. Any faculty recommendations for purchase or subscription should consider the needs of distance learning students.
Budget and Measurement
The Library will report annually on its collections (web, audiovisual and print) and will identify the following characteristics of the collection:
Levels of Collecting
1. Criteria for Selection
General factors to be taken into account are:
2. Priorities for Selection
3. Materials We Will Not Select
4. Formats to Collect
The Library will develop a collection of resources with materials in a variety of formats. These formats will include, but are not limited to, books, serial publications, audiovisual materials and electronic resources. The following criteria will influence the choice between print and digital formats:
All non-book materials will be subject to the same criteria of selection as apply to printed materials.
The Library will supplement its resources by participating in an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program. This program allows for access of resources, from other libraries around the world, including books, audiovisual materials, and other returnable items as well as copies of journal articles, book chapters, excerpts, and other non-returnable items. Frequent interlibrary loans of particular materials will be cause for purchasing those or similar, materials for our library collections. Textbooks will not be available through the Interlibrary Loan program. The resources of the Library will be utilized first before utilizing interlibrary loan from another library. The professional development of faculty and staff will be supported through the ILL program.
The library collection will provide reliable, up-to-date, and attractive materials. In subject areas that are controversial, it will assure that a variety of opinions are represented. This evaluation process provides information that can be useful in making decisions regarding purchases and weeding.
Weeding is the removal of obsolete materials for purposes of discarding, and is an integral part of maintaining the Library collection. Excess copies, seldom-used titles, and badly damaged copies will be removed from the collection at regular intervals.
The following categories of materials will be considered for weeding from the collection.