The purpose of the collection development policy is to provide guidelines under which selecting, maintaining and deselecting materials are to proceed for the Library, including the Media Center. It is recognized that there are situations in which it is more effective for to devote resources to providing access to information rather than in building collections. The Library is therefore committed to providing access to collections and information wherever they exist in the world.
This document is intended to explain the collection development policies of the Library to the College faculty, administration, students, and other interested parties. The policy is purposely general to allow for individuals initiative and judgment in collection development. It is subject to continuing change as new ideas and types of materials become available in the collection development process.
Responsibility for Selection
Materials selection shall be a continuing process involving librarians, administrators, faculty, and students. Materials should be purchased to support the academic curriculum and institutional programming, leisure reading. Faculty and staff members are provided request forms to request the purchase of materials for the library. Faculty and staff
Members with specific fields of interest and experience are asked to make recommendations for materials in their respective fields as well as general references. A list of new books and other materials, cataloged and added to the library collection, is given to faculty and staff at regular intervals.
When possible, audio-visual materials are previewed before purchase or ordered with return privilege guaranteed.
A. Print Resources
The following authorities shall be consulted in the selection of materials:
The following specific criteria are considered:
B. Audiovisual and Computer Software
A primary goal of the Carl S. Swisher Library is to make available the best possible resources in the most current and relevant format to the faculty, staff, students, and administrators. To achieve this goal the collection must be frequently evaluated based on the listed criteria below. Any materials that fail to be the desired criteria are subject to withdrawal from the collection after being reviewed by the library faculty and teaching faculty subject area specialist.
Gift Books and Materials
The library accepts gifts with the understanding that it has the right to handle or dispose of them in the best interest of the institution. Such material may be added to the collection provided it meets the standards of selection. Once given to the library and the consent form has been signed, gifts cannot be returned to the donor.
Acknowledgement of receipt of gifts will be sent to donor(s), but the library will not evaluate gifts or provide listings for tax purposes.