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Library Collection Development Policy

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Section 1 - Purpose and Scope

(1) The Collection Development Policy outlines the Library's principles and practice for the selection, acquisition, management, and disposal of information resources in print, audio visual and electronic formats. It:

  1. articulates the criteria for selection of Library resources that advance the teaching, learning and research functions of the University;
  2. describes the basis of funding and budgetary allocation for acquiring collection resources; and
  3. provides detail about the ongoing management of the collection including the preservation, storage and deselection of collection material.

Scope

(2) This policy applies to all library, academic, and university staff or students engaged in the selection and management of library resources.

Section 2 - Definitions

(3) Nil

Section 3 - Policy Statement

Part A - Selection

Selection Principles

(4) Recommendations for selection can be made by any member of the University community. Subject to clause (5), the following criteria will be used by Library staff to evaluate and prioritise recommendations:

  1. electronic format is the default format for selection. Where a print and electronic format are both available only the electronic format will be selected. Where the cost of the electronic format is unreasonably expensive and/or the user license restriction on access is unduly prohibitive (for example, unreasonably expensive would be more than three times the cost of the print combined with restricted access for prescribed texts) the print format will be selected;
  2. multiple copies can be acquired (subject to clauses (7) and (8));
  3. material published more than 3 years prior to recommendation and not required as a prescribed text will not be selected;
  4. material freely available online or linked to open access repositories will not be selected;
  5. donations are generally not accepted unless the donation has significance for the University. No gifts are accepted with conditions concerning location or disposal. Unsolicited items received without prior notice will generally be discarded;
  6. material requiring ongoing maintenance such as binding will generally not be selected;
  7. workbooks, notebooks, material with substantial blank pages or without intellectual input will not be selected;
  8. ephemera, archives, original materials, and obsolete formats are not collected;
  9. recommendations for electronic resources, particularly of large datasets, must consider license obligations, equity of access particularly for distance students, and reliability and continuity of access;
  10. research data is separately considered for inclusion in the University repository in accordance with the Open Access Policy;
  11. unless negotiated, all recommendations must be for English language resources;
  12. recommendations for resources over $350 require written endorsement from a Liaison Librarian;
  13. titles listed as prescribed texts or optional texts in the UCMS will generally be acquired. Exceptions can occur where prescribed or optional titles in the UCMS are more than 3 years old and a newer edition exists. In that case the requestor is consulted and the newer edition will generally be selected;
  14. subject specific material suitable for selection for the undergraduate collection will correspond principally to undergraduate courses taught at the University;
  15. subject specific material suitable for selection for the research collection is based on the University's current key areas of research, as determined by the Division of Research, and is subject to change;
  16. scholarly titles published by the SCU community will be acquired whenever possible; and
  17. Higher Degrees Research theses are collected in accordance with University rules, including Honours theses when submitted by the relevant School.

(5) Exceptions to the selection criteria require individual submission by a Liaison Librarian and endorsement by the Director, Library Services or the Manager, Acquisition & Metadata Services.

Demand Driven Acquisition

(6) SCU subscribes to Demand Driven Acquisition services which enables SCU to provide access to a large number of eBooks (and other library resources), but acquire only those resources that are actually borrowed. The Library will determine a limited range of material to be made freely available for selection through Demand Driven Acquisition.

Multiple Textbook Selection Criteria

(7) Students are expected to acquire their own copy of a prescribed text. The Library will not supply a copy of each prescribed text to every student.

(8) Acquisition of multiple copies of prescribed textbooks is based on student numbers in a unit and uses the following criteria:

  1. Less than 50 students - 1 copy will be acquired;
  2. 51 - 100 students - 2 copies will be acquired; or
  3. More than 100 students - 3 copies will be acquired.

(9) As the Library operates as one entity with different campus locations or 'branches', prescribed texts are shared across campus libraries rather than necessarily provided for each campus where units are taught. The Library will endeavour to acquire electronic copies of prescribed texts to ensure equitable access across campuses and for distance students. Where an electronic prescribed text with a limited concurrent user limit is in high demand additional electronic copies will be acquired if the licence permits. Prescribed texts required for units taught concurrently at different campuses, and for which there is no electronic version available, will be acquired for each campus in accordance with clause (8).

Part B - Acquisition

Library Resources Budget

(10) The University provides an annual allocation of funds to the Library for the purposes of acquiring information resources that advance the teaching, study and research functions of the University. A single allocation is provided for physical resources (monographs and some digital media) and electronic resources (online journals and datasets).

(11) Appropriate arrangements are made to establish transparent and equitable expenditure of allocation between Schools. For the purposes of monitoring expenditure, the monograph component is allocated on an EFTSL per School basis. Electronic resources are often multidisciplinary and cannot be so easily apportioned using EFTSL. The Library also takes into consideration new course establishment costs, accreditation requirements, and the fact that resources in some subject areas are more expensive than others.

Part C - Collection Management

Storage and Preservation

(12) The collections are stored in appropriate library-specific shelving and care is taken not to overcrowd the shelves or cause damage to the materials. High value collections such as the Manning Clark collection are stored in secured cabinetry, accessible on request. Older material is stored either in an off-site storage location or in a compactus, both of which are located at Lismore campus. Print and/or digital Higher Degrees Research theses or Honour theses submitted by the relevant School are archived in perpetuity. The Library Manager of the relevant campus is responsible for approving storage facilities.

(13) The Library undertakes continual maintenance of the collection to ensure it is both accessible and able to be used for its intended purposes of teaching, research and study. Trained library staff carry out repairs on minor damage to physical materials. Damaged electronic media such as DVDs or CDs are not repaired or preserved. Material in a format that has become obsolete is not preserved.

High value items

(14) The Library's main high value collection is the Manning Clark collection. This is a closed collection and cannot be added to.

Replacement

(15) Damaged or missing items in high demand or listed as prescribed texts will be replaced. The Library will initially seek to replace physical items with an electronic copy where available. Where an electronic copy is unavailable a physical item will be acquired.

(16) Items from the general collection deemed lost or damaged, more than 5 years old, or in low demand, will not be replaced.

(17) Items loaned to clients and reported as lost or damaged will be replaced whenever a replacement copy can be sourced.

Deselection

(18) The Library conducts an ongoing review of the Library collection. Factors warranting rationalisation of the library collection include limited shelf space being available for new materials, overcrowded shelves with low use material hindering access to potentially high use material, and maintaining large numbers of out-of-date books when new editions are also held. Items may therefore be deselected in accordance with clauses (19) to (21).

Books

(19) Items may be discarded under the supervision of campus library managers if all the following conditions are met:

  1. the material has had very low or no usage in the last five years;
  2. the material is not likely to be of a significant value (monetary or otherwise);
  3. there is no evidence or anticipation of demand for the material at that campus or other campuses; and
  4. there is consultation with the relevant liaison librarian and academic staff regarding valuable works.
Journals

(20) Print journals for which the print subscription has been cancelled, but which the Library now receives in electronic form may be discarded. Short runs of journals of marginal teaching or research value may be disposed of given that better access exists to more substantial runs via document supply from other libraries.

Other Formats

(21) Resources in obsolete formats may be disposed of if the information can no longer be accessed and the teaching or research value does not justify transcription to another format or if copyright restrictions prohibit this.