Brown Library Collection Development Policy
From the Mission:
The Library strives to facilitate student, faculty and staff research by collecting, managing and providing equitable access to information resources that enrich and promote the history and teaching mission of the University of St. Francis.
Resources may be in a variety of formats to provide as much subject coverage as possible within budgetary constraints. The collection is kept current and vital through judicious replacement and weeding.
The criteria that selectors use to evaluate potential purchases are the quality of content and the fulfillment of curricular needs. Specific considerations include the following:
- Authoritativeness of the author or the reputation of the publisher.
- Appropriateness of the level of treatment.
- Strength of the present holdings in the same or related subject areas.
- Lasting value of the content.
In addition to the criteria above, the following considerations are used:
- Highly specialized monographs that will not assist students will not be purchased.
- Only one copy of an item will normally be purchased.
- Items that are missing, lost, or withdrawn because of wear are not automatically replaced. Decisions to replace such items are based on the importance of the item to the collection, the demand for the item, and the cost of replacement.
- Items in other languages than English will not normally be purchased unless they support language courses taught at the University.
- The majority of items purchased are current.
- Interlibrary loan requests from our students and faculty will be reviewed to see if the materials should be purchased.
The selection criteria for electronic resources are the same as for other formats. In addition, the following considerations may apply:
- License agreements.
- Degree of overlap with any print or other electronic equivalent.
- Reliability of the vendor and the quality of the product determined by reputations, review, or preview.
- Cost in relation to the anticipated benefit (cost per use).
- Interface and ease of use.
- Reliability and permanence of archival access.
Other Nonprint Materials:
The selection criteria for nonprint materials are the same as for other formats, with special emphases on the suitability of the format to the content, the quality of the production, the sustainability of the format, and the obsolescence of the equipment needed to access the format.