Library Acquisitions Policy

The Library will purchase materials for the purpose of supporting the College curriculum and maintaining a balanced and timely collection. Selection of materials will be accomplished through the work of the professional library staff in conjunction with requests from faculty and students.

Librarians read reviews of materials from no less than three professional reviewing sources and forward appropriate reviews to appropriate faculty in each discipline. Faculty are asked to return all reviews to the librarian responsible for their area, noting which items they would like the Library to purchase and prioritizing the requests by ranking each item on a scale of 1-4, 1 being most desirable. No more than 5 items should be designated as a "1" at any time. Faculty are also asked to describe how the materials will be used (i.e., for a specific course, for students, for classroom preparation, or faculty member's personal research or interest). Priority will always be given to material that will be used directly by students.

Librarians review the requests for purchase, beginning with the "Number 1" requests from faculty. Librarians also select materials for which there is a perceived need in both the Reference area and the General Collection. These selections also come from published reviews and are chosen because of numerous reference requests in the area, gaps in the collection, and/or outstanding reviews which indicate that the author or work is of significant importance.

Audio-Visual Materials

Faculty members must preview and evaluate in writing all AV materials prior to purchase approval. A form is available for the written evaluation; contact Sarah Simon for more information about previewing AV materials. AV requests should also be ranked on the scale of 1-4 if more than one request is being submitted at a time.

Periodical Literature

A sample copy of any requested newspapers, magazines, and journals must be previewed prior to purchase. Periodicals must be indexed in an electronic database owned by the Library to allow for reasonable access by students and other Library users.

Effective Date: 8/1/2008