In support of the missions of Laramie County Community College (LCCC) and the Ludden Library, this document provides guidance in the selection and maintenance of the library collection. It is not meant to be comprehensive or conclusive, as the Librarians and Associate Dean have the ultimate responsibility for collection decisions.
Selection of materials by the library does not imply endorsement of the contents or the views expressed in those materials. No material will be excluded from the collection because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint or controversial nature of either the author or of the material.
Materials are primarily selected to support student academic needs; secondarily, the research needs of faculty. Subject emphases respond to changes in academic programs, faculty, and student assignments.
Guidelines for Collection of Specific Materials
When selecting audiovisual materials, priority is given to those titles which will be integrated into a course, titles which will be of benefit to the greatest number of students, and those materials dealing with subjects not already covered by similar materials. Public performance rights and closed captioning should be considered. A preview prior to purchase may be required at the discretion of the librarian, based on factors such as cost, currency, content, and relevance to the curriculum. Online format is generally preferable because it extends access to students in online courses.
Printed books are collected in hardcover editions unless cost is significantly higher than a paper edition. Books that should be frequently updated (nursing/medical texts, computer manuals, test preparation materials) are purchased in paper formats when available. At the discretion of the librarians, electronic books may be selected in addition to or in place of print books to support online courses and programs.
A representative collection of children’s books is maintained in coordination with faculty to provide students of literature with curriculum support. It is not the library’s intention to offer a comprehensive collection of children’s books.
The library uses the same guidelines for inclusion of donated materials that are used for purchased materials. Donated materials must be in good physical condition with no writing or highlighting. There should be no stains, mildew, or brittle pages, and bindings should be in good repair. Donations that do not meet the collection development guidelines will be disposed of as the library sees fit, either through discard, book sale, or donation. The Ludden Library will not provide any estimation of value for any donated item, but will provide a receipt of acknowledgment describing any donation which is accepted if the donor requests such a receipt.
Electronic resources include subscription databases and content aggregators, perpetual access materials, as well as online services that enhance resource discovery and usage. In addition to the selection criteria for traditional formats, electronic resources are also selected for
Although duplication of content is common in many subscription databases, effort is made to analyze overlap and weigh cost efficiencies against content whenever possible.
The Ludden Library is not a depository for federal or state government documents. Government publications are selected according to general selection criteria.
Periodicals are publications issued in successive parts bearing numeric or chronological designations and intended to be continued indefinitely (newspapers, magazines, journals). Periodicals are acquired via subscription.
Materials in the print periodical collection are selected based on student and faculty need, browsability, and visual interest. The selection of periodicals requires a continuing commitment to the cost of the title, including maintenance, binding, and storage space.
Unless cost-prohibitive, online format is generally preferable to print due to increased accessibility. When selecting online periodicals, accessibility, available back issues, and ongoing access costs are also considered. The escalating cost of subscriptions demands that additions be carefully reviewed before they are purchased and that an evaluation of existing access in periodical database aggregators be conducted.
The reference collection contains, but is not limited to, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, indexes, bibliographies, statistical compilations, and handbooks. Though items selected for this collection primarily support the academic programs offered at LCCC, core academic reference works published in other subject areas are also selected when they provide fundamental bibliographic access to, or an introductory overview of, an academic discipline. Online format is generally preferable due to increased accessibility and improved searchability.
Library and personal materials may be designated as reserve by college faculty to provide increased access and to avoid buying duplicate copies to meet demand. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to obtain copies and copyright permission before placing materials on reserve. The library accepts no responsibility for damage or loss of personal copies. As space and budget allow, current textbooks will also be placed on reserve. Preference is given to textbooks for high enrollment courses. Other materials may be placed on reserve due to high campus need and/or rarity or high cost.
The Ludden Library keeps a small collection of rare, local historical books. The library does not actively collect for this area. Materials are primary received through donation.
Librarians will continually review and discard materials to ensure that the collection maintains accuracy and relevancy. Faculty may be consulted on decisions within their curricular area.
General Weeding Criteria
Appendix 1: Library Bill of Rights
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 which 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 American Library Association Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.
A history of the Library Bill of Rights is found in the latest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.
Appendix 2: Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A strong intellectual freedom perspective is critical to the development of academic library collections and services that dispassionately meet the education and research needs of a college or university community. The purpose of this statement is to outline how and where intellectual freedom principles fit into an academic library setting, thereby raising consciousness of the intellectual freedom context within which academic librarians work. The following principles should be reflected in all relevant library policy documents.
Adopted by Association of College & Research Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee: June 28, 1999
Approved by Association of College & Research Libraries Board of Directors: June 29, 1999
Adopted by American Library Association Council July 12, 2000