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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 Policy for more information.
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:
Collection Development Policy Narrative (in PDF)
Weeding/Withdrawal Policy For Hilton C. Buley Library
Collection Development Policy p.8 (item 16)
“Removal From Collection. Weeding (de-acquisition) is the systematic evaluation of the Library’s information resources with an eye to withdrawal of damaged or obsolete materials. This process is an integral part of a comprehensive collection development and management plan.”
Adapted from Reference Weeding Policy:
The collection is weeded periodically for the purpose of maintaining an updated and useful collection. Subject selectors are responsible for weeding the collection in their subject areas and since some classification numbers are multidisciplinary, all librarians may participate in the de-selection process.
The following criteria are used to determine if a book should be removed from the collection:
Summer Review Process
The Collection Development Librarian will work with subject librarians on processes to mark materials for review during the summer term. This may be inside of Technical Services or in a location designated by the Access Services Librarian if there are empty stacks.
Developed by Ad. Hoc. Committee: J. Toce, J. Aschenbach, K. Swanson, and W. Shyam.
Adopted by Library Faculty on November 2, 2018