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Collection Development

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Assessing and building quality collections in all formats.  

  • Works collaboratively with faculty to develop specific subject collections that support their instructional and research needs  
  • Sets goals and priorities for future collections and other management functions
  • Evaluates gifts to the University Libraries acknowledged by the Director of Libraries
  • Provides leadership in the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Keeps faculty abreast of new publications in their fields of interest
  • Develops and distributes information to aid faculty and librarians in the selection of resources
  • Prepares periodic academic departmental reports of collection development progress
  • Promotes collections through support of seminars, colloquia and speaker series
  • Campus Outreach

Collection Development Policy

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Assessment & Management

  • Special attention is given to the assessment of specific collections prior to internal or accreditation review.
  • Evaluation of book donations to the library.
  • Monitoring collection strengths and weaknesses.
  • Managing Approval Plans.
  • Identifying collections for de-selection, replacement, or preservation.
  • Providing annual collection reports to departments.
  • Facilitating faculty requests for resource acquisition.

Gifts/Donations to the Libraries

  • Collection Development evaluates books donated to the DePauw University Libraries
  • Gift books are accepted by the Director of Libraries in accordance with the Collection Development Policy and its guidelines.
  • The following items are NOT added:
    • Textbooks
    • Scattered or single issues of periodicals
    • Materials in poor condition
    • Titles which the libraries already own
    • Outdated, superseded titles
    • Books from subject areas not taught at the University