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The purpose of the library is to provide books, periodicals, audio-visual, online databases and other materials to support and supplement the programs at Sierra College.
The Collection Development Policy will provide guidelines for librarians and instructors in the selection of materials for the Sierra College Library. The Policy will also serve to inform the college community about selection principles.
Responsibility for Selection
Librarians are responsible for selecting in their assigned subject areas and for planning and maintaining the overall quality and balance of the collection. Faculty are responsible for recommending materials that support student assignments in their courses and to suggest purchases in their subject area. Staff, students, and members of the community are also welcome to suggest new materials. Final decisions are made by the librarians.
Materials request forms are available in the library.
Selection of Materials
The library selects materials which:
The library collects materials appropriate to undergraduate research and the reading level of Sierra College students. Inter-library loan is available for more advanced research materials.
In general, course textbooks are not acquired, however, supplementary books may be purchased for the collection. Instructors may place their own copy of a textbook on Library Reserve for students to use.
Due to lack of funds, multiple copies of materials will not be purchased.
It is recommended that instructors preview materials or read reviews before requesting that the library purchase an item.
Resources for Selection
In order to allow room for growth and provide current materials, the library must periodically deselect (weed). Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the deselection process.
Replacement of Lost Items
An item is considered lost when it has been missing for 2 years. Lost items are replaced based on the following criteria:
The library welcomes donations of books and other materials. Gifts will be added to the collection using the same selection criteria for new materials as stated above. The Library reserves the right to keep, display, sell, or otherwise dispose of any accepted materials.
The library supports theLibrary Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association. The library does not promote particular beliefs or views. Materials are selected representing differing viewpoints on controversial issues to provide individuals with free access to the information needed to formulate his or her own opinions.
Requests for Reconsideration
Anyone wishing to protest the inclusion of an item in the library may do so by completing a "Request for Reconsideration" form (available in the library). The request form will be forwarded to the Library Committee. The Committee will review the request and inform the individual of the final decision.