COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Seton Hall University Libraries
March 18, 2015
Approved by LFA
Dean’s Proposed Revisions back to the LFA, 9-11-15 and 10-27-15
Table of Contents
The Collection Development Policy reinforces the mission of the Seton Hall University Libraries: to “support excellence in academic and individual work, enable inquiry, foster intellectual and ethical integrity and respect for diverse points of view through user-focused services and robust collections as the intellectual and cultural heart of the University,” specifically as articulated in Goal 2: “build up and preserve print, digital, and other materials using selection criteria that reflect the academic priorities of the University, current collection strengths and significant research in all areas of study pursued at the University.” See http://library.shu.edu/friendly.php?s=strategic-plan-goals.
The Collection Development Policy encompasses all materials that fall within the jurisdiction of the Library and is subject to regular scrutiny and revision in order to keep pace with changing and expanding University programs. The role of collection development activities is, therefore, to build, shape, and maintain the best possible set of resources that support the research and academic needs of the University within budgetary and space limitations. Since the Library exists to support the University’s curriculum and research needs, the library collection should parallel the development of the University itself.
Levels of Collection Development
The Seton Hall University Libraries will collect materials in all appropriate formats that support the curriculum and research interests of its community within budgetary and space limitations. The library faculty will collect materials based on: academic program, relevance to mission, the highest degree offered by a given program, the level of student use in that program, enrollments/student credit hours generated, scholarly activity, allocated funds, funded research, centers of excellence, endowments, grants, and monetary gifts. The following descriptions provide a guideline to three collection levels: Basic, Study, and Research that are currently relevant. A higher level of collecting subsumes those categories that precede it; that is, a Research level collection will already contain the resources of a Basic and Study levels of resources.
A highly selective collection which serves to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. It includes major reference works, selected editions of important works, historical surveys, and a few major periodicals in the field.
A collection which supports undergraduate or beginning-level graduate course work, or sustained independent study; that is, which is adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject.
a. Advanced study level
A collection which is adequate to support the course work of advanced undergraduate and master's degree programs, or sustained independent study; that is, which is adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs both current and retrospective, complete collections of the works of more important writers, a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject.
b. Initial study level
A collection which is adequate to support undergraduate courses. It includes a judicious selection from currently published basic monographs supported by seminal retrospective monographs; a broad selection of works of more important writers; a selection of the most significant works of secondary writers; a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject.
A collection which includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research, including materials containing research reporting, new findings, scientific experimental results, and other information useful to researchers. It also includes all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs, as well as an extensive collection of journals and major indexing and abstract services in the field.
The level of collecting is a goal for each type of degree program. These are adapted from the WLN Conspectus and they represent a goal that will be pursued to the extent that funding and space permit. Broadly, Library of Congress subject classes are taken to represent the relevant curriculum: that is, “E” is American history, “E666 - E670” covers the era of Reconstruction and the Presidency of Andrew Johnson, “QD” is Chemistry, “QD71 – QD142” covers Analytical Chemistry, and so on:
The following maps the relationship between academic programs and the appropriate level of collection:
Undergraduate, certificate or concentration:
- Basic level
Undergraduate, major or minor:
- Initial study level
- Advanced study level
- Beginning Research level
- Research level
Core Selection Criteria and Guidelines
Priority will be given to materials that meet the scholarly requirements of the curriculum, as well as the research needs of our community. The availability of electronic resources, coupled with new forms of delivering programs, has compelled the library to re-examine the scope and the formats in our collection. This collection development policy seeks to meet the needs of the Seton Hall community, including on-campus, hybrid, and online programs. The essential factors that should be considered for addition to the collection are:
The academic fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30th. The Dean of University Libraries, in cooperation with the Library faculty Head of Collection Development and relevant library administration, is responsible for allocating the library budget for purchase of materials. The materials budget includes allocations for serials, books, electronic resources, approval plans, binding, document delivery and supplies. Gift and endowed funds significantly supplement the materials budget for purchasing subject materials as specified by the grant guidelines; these funds are not part of the allocated funds and purchases may need to be made in line with the specifications of the donation. Any item costing more than $400 will need the Dean’s approval.
Materials No Longer Collected
It is the responsibility of the Library Faculty to maintain the collections in their assigned subject liaison areas and to work collaboratively with teaching faculty to develop a balanced collection that will best meet the curricular and research needs of the University community. Selectors have the responsibility to work with the Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development and relevant library administrators within the parameters of this policy. Limited funds and space mean the Library will not acquire duplicate copies. Exceptions will be made only when heavy use is indicated.
The Library sometimes utilizes approval plans to supply books for collections with an appropriate level of financial support. Approval plans provide new materials based on a profile and it is the responsibility of selector library faculty to review approval plan performance.
The library has shifted from physical reference collections to electronic in recent years. Therefore, the library faculty must provide an overriding reason to include print materials in the physical reference collection. The library faculty selectors (subject liaison librarians) are responsible for their subject areas: promoting, selecting, and reviewing reference resources (electronic and print). When a title is available in multiple formats, preference will be given to the electronic version: the materials must be authoritative, current, and available for quick consultation.
Reserves provide access to materials specified by faculty for multiple student use. The Libraries Reserves Policy may be found at http://library.shu.edu/course-reserves-policy.
The collection development policy and guidelines for the Curriculum Collection involve the collaboration of the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) with the library faculty selectors for the College to ensure that the most effective resources are available to support CEHS faculty and those students enrolled in the teacher-education program at Seton Hall. The CEHS curriculum includes those courses that are required for teacher certification. Selection of materials for the Curriculum Collection follows state guidelines, accrediting specifications, and education standards. The Curriculum Collection (located in the library's 2nd floor Information Commons) contains extensive holdings in children’s literature for preschooler through young adults. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning and honored books.
Gift Materials and Archives & Special Collections
Donors may indicate on the Gift Form if a bookplate is requested and provide the exact wording that is requested.
Replacement of Damaged, Lost and/or Paid Materials
Collection Review and Weeding
Weeding is an important aspect of collection development and should be implemented conscientiously on a continuous basis. The following are some principles guiding decisions withdrawing library materials of all formats:
Library Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom
Seton Hall University Libraries support the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom, fully in conjunction with the Faculty Guide, found at https://www.shu.edu/provost/upload/Faculty-Guide.pdf.
Seton Hall University Libraries' interlibrary loan and resource sharing policies may be found at https://library.shu.edu/library/interlibrary-loan-policy.
Seton Hall University Libraries follows Seton Hall University's Copyright Policy, which may be found at https://www.shu.edu/policies/copyright-policy.cfm.
Discarded Books from the Collections
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Note: The URLs listed in this policy may be subject to change.
Statement on Accessibility and Acquisitions of EIT
Seton Hall University Libraries is committed to providing equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, including equal access to participate in and benefit from University programs, services, and activities provided through electronic and information technology (EIT). It is important that accessibility is in the forefront as we design, build, acquire or use new EIT. Therefore, this policy establishes minimum standards and expectations regarding the design, acquisition or use of EIT to achieve the University’s legal, moral, and ethical commitments in the digital environment.
The Seton Hall University Libraries shall prioritize the selection of products and online resources that strive for compliance with relevant Section 508 standards and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Seton Hall University Libraries continuously works towards the establishment of an online information infrastructure that is accessible and usable for all, including people with disabilities. Decision-making pertaining to the development or procurement of online resources will, if applicable, involve the following:
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