The collection development policy will provide a blueprint for the creation and maintenance of a viable and balanced collection that supports the educational mission of Elizabethtown Community & Technical College by setting forth guidelines for the selection and deselection of materials. The policy will also allow the college community to become familiar with the criteria and procedures used for developing the collection.
The ECTC Library’s mission includes the provision of “materials to support the transfer, technical, and continuing education/community service components of the institution.” The Library will therefore:
The collection of the ECTC Library is designed to meet the instructional needs of currently enrolled ECTC students, faculty and staff. The library may be used by individuals not enrolled or employed at the college; however, materials specifically intended for their use generally are not selected. Students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at other colleges may use the library. However, the library’s material budget is set based on ECTC enrollment levels and on the needs of the programs offered at ECTC. Consequently, the ECTC Library will not spend library funds on materials or databases that are appropriate only for upper-class undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Librarians have the primary responsibility for selection of print materials and online database subscriptions. Librarians will use tools such as Choice, the New York Times Book Review, Library Journal, book reviews published in topical journals, and research requests from students and faculty. The Library Director will make the final decision on electronic databases.
Due to the increasing number of online classes and face-to-face classes that are web-enhanced the library will continue to spend increasing percentages of its materials budget on online resources. The library shall select online databases based on the following criteria.
Database usage statistics will be viewed and evaluated regularly. Databases with low usage statistics may be subject to cancellation contingent on funding.
The Library subscribes to an increasingly limited number of print academic journals. The following criteria are considered in decisions to keep or add new print titles.
The Library reviews periodical subscriptions annually for level of use. Faculty will be contacted for input when high-cost items are seldom used. Full-text electronic access to particular titles will be a factor in determining subscription maintenance. A limited number of subscriptions to low-cost general interest magazines for the purpose of patron reading pleasure will be maintained. These subscriptions are also reviewed annually for usage.
The library will continue to spend a portion of its materials budget on print books (monographs) in order to meet the needs and preferences of all ECTC students, faculty and staff. Books in the following categories (listed in order of priority) will be considered for purchase:
Materials under consideration for purchase will be evaluated on the basis of the following:
Textbooks will NOT be purchased by the Library. Instructors who wish to place their textbook copies on reserve may do so.
The Library will accept donations of materials with the following stipulations:
Materials considered for withdrawal will be evaluated, as staffing levels allow, for condition, currency, relevancy and level of use. Criteria for replacement match those for original purchases. Faculty members are asked to help with de-selection of materials and with recommendations for replacement of materials.
Certain fields such as Nursing and Allied Health require up-to-date materials on the shelves and in the databases for accreditation purposes. Because of staffing the library asks that faculty from programs up for accreditation look over the print collection for their programs and remove out-of-date materials
The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Library adheres to the doctrine of freedom of speech and the press as outlined in the American Library Association Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Principles. Questions concerning the appropriateness of specific materials should be addressed to the Library Director.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. 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.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.