Collection Development Policy
The primary goal of the Library's Collection Development Policy is to provide guidance for the selection and maintenance of collections that support and enhance the curriculum and instructional programs of Georgia Highlands College, as well as the general information needs of students, faculty, and staff who comprise the College’s community of lifelong learners.
This community possesses a broad range of interests and prior educational experiences. Therefore, the Library's collection also includes a variety of general information resources in subject areas not covered by classroom instruction, but supportive of a learning environment. Within the constraints of available funds, facilities, and staffing, the Library will acquire and make available materials and media in a wide variety of formats.
All members of the College community are encouraged to use this document to participate in Library collection development through the Purchase Request Form on the library home page.
This policy is designed to guide the systematic development and management of GHC Library's collections of print, audiovisual, online, and electronic materials. It has the following objectives:
Responsibility for Collection Development
Each librarian, as well as the Library Director, has collection development responsibilities. Specific responsibilities are to:
Although the Library Director and faculty librarians are ultimately responsible for the Library's collection, the entire College community is encouraged to recommend additions at any time.
Each area of the curriculum has its own materials budget allocation. Allocations are made by the faculty librarians and the Library Director, and are based on curricular relevance, program size and research needs, publishing costs within specific disciplines, balance of the collection, and general overall collection needs. Faculty and staff planning new courses and new programs are encouraged to contact the Acquisitions Librarian. The Library book budget may be periodically adjusted depending on the overall Library budget, and the needs of the College and individual programs.
General Selection Guidelines
The following guidelines assist Library faculty in selecting quality materials for inclusion in the collection:
Limitations and Basic Standards
The following guidelines set basic standards and limitations for materials in the collection:
In general, the Library does not collect:
Criteria for Selection of Materials
Types and Formats of Materials Collected
Books are acquired to support the needs of GHC students, faculty, and staff.
Books may be collected in print and electronic/online formats.
The reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, indexes, bibliographies, statistical compilations, and handbooks.
The reference collection is regularly reviewed for currency, accuracy, and relevance.
Reference materials may be collected in print and online formats.
The periodicals collection supports the GHC curriculum as well as providing a core collection of general interest periodicals.
Periodicals are primarily acquired through online databases. New print subscriptions are only acquired after careful consideration by the faculty librarians.
Cooperative acquisition of electronic periodicals databases is actively pursued.
Audiovisual materials include DVDs, CDs, streaming audio and video, and a variety of other formats.
Audiovisual materials may be collected in physical, electronic, and online formats.
Specialized Audiovisual Materials
Some audiovisual materials (such as specialized course-specific DVDs or interactive tutorials) may be expensive. Inclusion of these materials in the Library's collection should meet the following guidelines in addition to general selection criteria:
Electronic resources include web-based resources, licensed resources and databases, electronic periodicals, and e-books.
The Library may purchase or provide access to online electronic resources in lieu of other formats.
Selection criteria for electronic resources include:
In addition to purchasing materials directly related to the College's curriculum, the Library may selectively acquire popular materials of general interest. These materials will be obtained primarily through our print and online leased collections.
Books for Newly Literate and Low-Literate Adults
The Library may purchase books in support of the Adult Basic Education, High School completion, GED, Bridge, and ESL programs.
The Library may purchase children's books to support the Early Childhood programs.
Maps are a very small part of the collection. Atlases are included in the reference collection.