The General Collection contains most of the print monographs owned by the library. The primary goal of the collection is to support the curriculum of the University. Each branch library has a General Collection.
Selection is an interactive activity of the librarians and the faculty. 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. Any member of the administration, faculty, staff, student body, or other users, may request or suggest that material be added to the collection by submitting it to a librarian or through a patron driven selection tool. The final selection of library materials will be determined by the Library Director, who is ultimately responsible for the management of the library budget.
Purchase on Demand
Items requested though Interlibrary Loan that meet normal collection development criteria will be considered for automatic purchase at the discretion of the library. Items procured through Purchase on Demand will be added to the General Collection.
- Due to cost considerations, print books will be collected in paperback whenever possible.
- In most instances only one copy of a title will be purchased. One exception to this would be when additional copies are needed for when high use is expected or observed.
- Simple mending procedures will be performed in-house.
- Cost of the material will be considered in relation to its use.
- Excessively priced materials.
- Materials intended to be used primarily by faculty in the classroom.
- Foreign language materials other than those that support the curriculum.
- Research level materials for faculty.