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Hilton C. Buley Library


Collection Development: Collection Development Policy

Collection Development Calendar

July 1                   Beginning of new fiscal year

January 1          "Outstanding Academic Resources" list available from Choice

January 1          "Outstanding Nursing Books of the Year" list available from AJN

February 15      Ordering deadline

June 30             University fiscal year close

(please note that above dates are approximate)

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Gift Policy

The Hilton C. Buley Library recognizes that gifts play an important role in building the library collection and often accepts gifts.  Donations may be in the form of  library materials or funding for library materials.   Library materials that are given must meet the overall collection development policy before being added to the collection.

Read the entire Library Gift Policyfor more information.

Buley Library Collection Development Policy

The Collection Development Policy provides a comprehensive, coordinated framework for current and future collecting activity within the Hilton C. Buley Library.  Within this context it assists the Library's selectors in building a collection covering all applicable fields of knowledge and communicates this activity to the Library's other constituencies; faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.

The Policy serves a variety of purposes reflecting the Library's relationship with its varied clientele.  These purposes include:

  • creating an orderly plan for Library collection development
  • relating the collection building activities to the mission of the Library and to the teaching, learning, and research needs of the clientele
  • enabling the evaluation of colection strengths and weaknesses and directing future development
  • assisting the selectors in materials selection by defining areas of collecting responsibility and coordinating collecting activities
  • communicating guidelines to the Library's constituencies and other interested parties
  • providing consistency and focus toward defined goals in order to shape stronger collections

Collection Development Policy Narrative (in PDF)



Subject Specific Policies (in PDF)

Acquisitions/Collection Development Librarian

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Cindy Schofield
Buley Library, Technical Services (ground floor)

203 392-5778