Collection Development Policy
Brown Library at Sterling College
Library Mission Statement
The Sterling College Libraries support the educational goals of the college by providing information resources and services to the college community.
Goal: Develop and maintain an up-to-date collection of print, non-print, and electronic resources that supports and enriches the curricula, programs, and activities of the college.
Responsibility for Selection of Materials
Materials for the Sterling College Libraries are selected by the librarian with the assistance and recommendation of faculty. It is a cooperative effort, which also takes into consideration recommendations from students, staff, and other members of the Sterling College community.
To facilitate the selection process, the librarian reads and circulates reviews, catalogs, and other sources.
The librarian is responsible for coordinating the collection and making final decisions on specific acquisitions.
Criteria for Selection of Materials
Textbooks: Like most other academic libraries, the purchase of textbooks by the Sterling College Libraries is strongly discouraged. Some reasons include: the nature of textbooks being basically a simplification and summarization of a discipline, high cost, frequent revision, and poor bindings. They are generally poor investments for a library’s permanent collection. Certain types of college-level textbooks might deserve special discussion and consideration.
Fiction / Recreational Materials: Collected moderately.
Periodicals: Each fall the subscription renewal list is reviewed for additions and deletions. Criteria considered are importance of the title to college curricula, number of journals currently available in that subject area, access through standard indexes, availability of the title in full-text through one of our electronic databases, and price. A news magazine and newspapers are also provided for current events.
Non-print Materials: Acquired as needed to enrich and support the curricular needs of the college. Subject to general criteria of selection listed above. Preference is for DVD over VHS format and CD over cassette format.
Maintenance of Collection
Multiple Copies: Duplicate copies of materials will be held to a minimum.
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Material: Items found to be missing after inventory will be replaced at the discretion of the librarian, applying the selection criteria stated above.
Weeding: In an ongoing process, as time permits, materials will be withdrawn from the collection for one or more of the following reasons
- No longer meet curricular needs
- Superseded editions
- Outdated information
- Multiple copies of titles no longer in demand
- Damaged or worn copies
Some of the withdrawn items may be replaced by newer editions.
When appropriate, faculty will be consulted for input when weeding certain subject areas.
Adopted by the Library Committee: 2/8/2005
Statements on Intellectual Freedom
Adopted by the American Library Association