The collection development policy of the Robert F. Kidd Library is consistent with the mission and goals of the College. The purpose of the policy is to assure the planned and systematic provision of materials for the College to support its curriculum and selected resources to support faculty and student research. The policy is purposely left general to allow for individual initiative and judgment in collection development. It is subject to continuing change as new ideas and types of materials become available in the collection development process.
Policy goals are to maintain a balanced collection of materials that meet the needs of current faculty and curriculum. Faculty members are expected to help maintain the currency of the collections through material purchase requests and suggestions for disposal of obsolete materials. Acquisitions are made to meet the needs of the administration, faculty, staff and students. Suggestions by students and community patrons are welcomed.
The primary community of Robert F. Kidd Library is the students, administration, faculty and staff of Glenville State College. The library's collections are also available for use by local and extended West Virginia residents and alumni.
A publication issued in successive parts, usually at regular intervals, and, as a rule, intended to be continued indefinitely. Serials include periodicals, annuals (reports, yearbooks, etc.), memoirs, proceedings, and transactions of societies. (ALA Glossary of Library Terms, 1943)
Serial publications published more frequently than once a year. This refers to magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. The Periodical Collection is maintained as a separate collection arranged alphabetically by title.
A special form of serial publications issued daily, weekly, or semiweekly which report events and discuss topics of current interest. The Library selects both print and electronic versions of newspapers.
We select titles to represent the following types of newspapers:
Serial and non-serial titles or sets that the library has instructed vendors to supply on an ongoing basis until canceled.
New serial requests are collectively reviewed by the librarians on a continuous basis. These decisions are based on the same criteria as outlined for other materials in this policy of statement. In addition to those guidelines, the following must be taken into account:
Whenever a new serial is selected, a decision should be made concerning the retention of that serial, and if it is to be retained indefinitely, whether or not it should be bound or purchased in electronic or micro format.
Serials cannot and will not be selected and dropped on a yearly basis; a commitment must be made to support new serials on an ongoing basis. Back file purchases of serials are based on the same criteria as current and new subscriptions and are purchased as funds allow. Back files are usually acquired in electronic or micro formats.
A retention period is established for each serial title. A title is either retained permanently or retained for a limited period only. Limited retention may be based on such factors as currency of the information and/or condition of the material. A serial may be considered for deselecting if there is little to no usage in the last three or more years, if it is available full-text in electronic format, or if it is of high cost.
Microforms are acquired to supplement the print and electronic collections. The criteria used for selecting microforms include frequency of publication, paper quality, susceptibility to theft and mutilation, or when a microform format is the only format available or the most cost efficient format for retention and storage. This format is preferred for newspaper back files and for filling gaps in serial holdings. In a few cases, it may be preferred as an alternative to binding for a serial or monograph title.
In general, electronic formats are preferred over microforms if they provide additional features that add value for the user.
The library supports the following microform formats:
We make every effort to provide and maintain up-to-date reader/printers for microform use.
Electronic resources refer to materials in standard digital formats. They are preferred over paper or microform when available, appropriate, and cost effective for abstracts, indexes, serials, full text journals and reference books. In addition, the Library will select large aggregate databases appropriate to the Library’s mission. The Library will also subscribe, purchase, or connect electronically to selected monographic and archival databases as appropriate and affordable.
The Reference Collection is a non-circulating collection of library materials designed to meet the basic, research, verification, location, and information needs of the Glenville State College community in all subject fields. Reference materials of all types are selected by the librarians, in accordance with the general criteria established for the selection of library materials and the specific needs of the academic and co-curricular programs. In general, only the latest edition of a reference work is shelved in the Reference Collection. Older editions are either transferred to the general collection or are withdrawn from the library. The Reference Collection is supported by a special budget allocation, other acquisitions funds and gifts.
Certain types of reference materials are selected according to the following guidelines:
A selective browsing collection is displayed on a rotating basis on the 1st floor of the Library. Titles of the most recent acquisitions are often featured to encourage general or recreational interest for students, faculty, and staff.
The Library considers all formats for selection providing the content falls within the guidelines set forth in the Selection Guidelines section. Other formats will be considered for adoption as appropriate. Currently the following types of non-print materials are considered for the collection:
The Juvenile Collection is a teaching collection to support the reading instruction program of the Education Department, the Early Childhood Education program in the Education Department, the Children's Literature course in the Language Department, and to provide a collection of notable and award winning juvenile books (e.g. Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) for campus use.
A variety of materials, historical, current, and biographical are considered that will enhance the West Virginia Collection including materials by West Virginia authors. Some WV materials circulate while others are non-circulating.
The Archive Office may obtain gift materials to be housed in the library. Accepted gifts that comprise this collection are non-circulating.
Library acquisition funds are allocated to academic units on the basis of need and budget funds available. Factors considered are the balance and mix between monographs and serials; print and non-print; strength or weakness of current collection; breadth and depth of need; new programs, courses and faculty; number of students in programs; and cost of materials. Allocation decisions are based upon a process that involves examination of departmental profiles maintained by the library, discussion within the library staff based upon an evaluation of the existing collection, negotiation with academic units, and consideration of standard allocation formulas.
Library funds are used for current and retrospective purchases to build a balanced collection that meets the needs of the academic mission of Glenville State College.
Divisions are expected to recommend library purchases which will develop the entire field of their disciplines. Faculty members are encouraged to take a strong interest in developing the collection in their various disciplines by using rigorous discrimination in their selection of materials to be added to the library holdings. Students, staff and administrative officers may also submit recommendations for purchase to the library staff.
Main responsibility for the selection of library materials lies with both the faculty and the librarians. The librarians are in a position to observe the quality and balance of all subject areas. The faculty will bear primary responsibility for recommending the acquisition of materials in their subject fields.
This level is a core of basic works broadly representative of the liberal arts, or those materials which should be in any college library. These are the standard materials required for an undergraduate curriculum and the general works needed for a balanced college collection. Into this category would fall fundamental reference sources, monographs, general periodicals, some major subject periodicals, and selected non-print media appropriate for an undergraduate library.
Collections at this level support and maintain undergraduate instruction effectively and support the needs of the four-year curriculum. Material for junior and senior courses would be collected at this level. It includes reference material of all kinds, files of basic journals, a range of subject indexes and bibliographies, and all the more important secondary sources. Definitive editions of works of criticism and analysis, important monographs and research studies would be included as would conference proceedings and important publications of research societies.
The library acquires materials of both permanent and current interest in all subjects, based upon the merits of a work in relation to the needs, interests, and demands of the college community. Each of these criteria may not and need not be used to evaluate each item, but they are applied as general guidelines for consideration of all materials. While a single standard cannot be applied to each work, the following general criteria are used in selecting materials for purchase:
The Robert F. Kidd Library's primary focus is to meet current undergraduate curriculum and research needs. Thus, the Library strives to provide a collection designed for active use by its students and the campus community. To accomplish this, it is essential that a weeding policy is continuously implemented to maintain an active and useful collection which reflects the mission objectives of the library. Weeding is the active discarding or transferring to storage of unneeded library materials. It involves the removal of outdated, superseded, damaged or duplicate material from the collection.
Rationale: Books that do not support the mission of the college and do not fit into the library's collection development policy should be removed from the library in order to maintain a current, active and useful collection which reflects the goals of the library.
Weeding needs to be an integral function of the Library in order to:
Before being discarded, each item is reviewed by the appropriate staff member(s) based upon professional judgment and knowledge of the collection and curriculum. Librarians should check with faculty members for their recommendations.
If the item is in poor physical condition or beyond repair –
If the item has more than one copy –
In accordance to the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, the following policy should guide weeding: "Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."
Weeding takes skill, care, time, and knowledge of the library materials. Weeding should be coordinated by the Library Director through the professional librarians and with faculty consultation. Faculty members and other subject specialists can assure that materials of historical or research interest are not inadvertently removed.
Weeding is an essential on-going library routine and should not be done only in periods of crisis. However, special weeding projects need to be undertaken when necessary (e.g. changes in information make it important to remove wrong information, such as in medical, law, or technology fields).
After librarians, in consultation with the teaching faculty when appropriate, have identified which materials are no longer needed, the materials will be recycled, trashed, or otherwise discarded as seen fit. After proper withdrawal identification has been made, discarded materials may be dispersed to those people or organizations desiring them.
The library will not automatically replace materials withdrawn from the collections because of loss, damage or wear. Decisions to replace an item will be based on the following:
Titles in the collection reported missing will be promptly replaced if needed for teaching or research and obtainable. Literary works and recognized titles in all subject areas should be considered for replacement one year after reported missing. Missing serial volumes should be replaced in hardcover, microform, or electronic format depending on suitability and availability. Missing pages of any book or serial issue will be replaced by tipped-in photocopies. Missing microfilms will be replaced in the same format.
Decisions will be made continuously on how to handle worn titles regardless of format; whether to mend, bind or withdraw them. Each decision is based on the actual condition of the title, the number of duplicate copies in the collection, the current validity of its contents, availability of the title for reorder, and the cost of mending versus the cost of replacement and need. In making such decisions, these guidelines will be followed by the librarians: