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Policies and Procedures

Wayne G. Basler Library Policy and Procedures

Criteria for Selection of Materials

All Librarians participate in collection development and select print and non-print materials from professional selection tools, professional journals, standard bibliographies, publisher’s catalogs and faculty, staff and student requests.  Funds are not strictly allocated among the various academic divisions, although equity among programs is sought while acknowledging that the cost of materials across disciplines is not equal.

Materials which address collection deficiencies will receive priority in selection and ordering.

The following criteria are used to evaluate materials considered for acquisition:

  1. Relevance to instructional needs
  2. Currency
  3. Appropriateness to a community college collection
  4. Correlation to the existing collection
  5. Support of research needs of faculty and students
  6. Favorable review in professional journals
  7. Reputation of those associated with the work
  8. Lasting value
  9. Inclusion of title in standard bibliographies
  10. Availability of material on the subject
  11. Cost
  12. Demand