Guidelines for Selecting eBooks or Print Books
eBooks, when available, are preferred over print books with the following exceptions:
- Books that contain highly formatted or visual content — such as art works, charts, and graphs — or are otherwise difficult to use in electronic format.
- Books that are likely to be read cover-to-cover such as novels and books intended for a popular audience.
- Books that are available in paperback for significantly less than the eBook, AND for which there is minimal projected usage by branch campuses.
If the library owns a print copy of a title, the eBook may still be added via Demand Driven Acquisitions.
If the library owns an electronic copy of a title, the print copy may be obtained upon request via Interlibrary Loan.
For purchase suggestions, the title will be acquired in the requested format when available.
Linking to Open Source Content
Links to open source content — either in the Subject Guides or via the Knowledge Base — should follow these guidelines:
- Apply standard evaluative criteria
- Do not link to other pages of links
- Do not link to items that require payment
- Include a description for links in Subject Guides
- Check links on a regular basis and remove those no longer functioning
Collections that no longer have an ongoing source of funding should be integrated into the General Collection or withdrawn. A local note should be added for collections that were originally donated.
Material selected for the Popular Collection should follow these guidelines:
- Items do not meet the collection development criteria for inclusion in other collections in the library
- Items include bestselling fiction
- Items should be recommended by students, faculty, or staff
- Items that do not circulate for 6 months will be withdrawn
- Movies should be rated no higher than PG-13
- Videos should be collected in DVD format
- Maximum overdue fine should cover replacement cost (currently $7.50)
- Items may not be put on hold
- Lost book fees will not be charged
- Materials should be acquired used when possible
Children and Young Adult Collections
The library collects winners in the following award categories:
Newbery – The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Caldecott – The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Coretta Scott King (Author, Illustrator, and John Steptoe Award for New Talent: 3 separate awards) – The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
Michael Printz – The Michael L. Printz Award honors the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
Pura Belpre – The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Sibert Award – The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.
If the budget allows, the library also collects Honor Books in the above categories.
Although the library liaison orders materials that are clearly relevant to the collection, faculty participation in selection decisions is needed and welcomed for materials in support of their teaching areas.
In order to determine which books will be added to the collection in addition to the annual award winners, follow the reviews in literature journals such as Booklist, School Library Journal, and Horn Book. Many of the links to these journals can be found at the CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center): http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/default.asp. Click the Links button in the left sidebar to find the Review Journals tab.
Things to look for in the reviews are authors with proven track records, titles that support our curricular objectives, ethnic diversity, and titles of local interest. Although reviews are extremely helpful, whenever possible, it is best to see the product prior to purchase.
When purchasing picture books, it is important to consider both illustrations and text. They need to complement and extend each other in order to produce a lasting impression on the reader. Some picture books are intended for much older readers. They are shelved with in the Young Adult collection due to mature subject matter.
Early Readers are not currently well supported in the library collection. If the budget allows, it would be wise to consider addition of the winners of the Theodore Suess Geisel Award to the list above. This would be of benefit to the university’s Education majors.