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Library Policies & Procedures: Criminal Justice

Policies and procedures governing the SAC Library.

Collection Development: Criminal Justice

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

STEPHEN C. DINGMAN                  4/19/2013

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

            To support the criminal justice curriculum, materials will be acquired to keep the collection current on new theories and techniques in the field of criminal justice.

SCOPE OF COVERAGE

Language:  English will be the primary language of the collection, unless there is a special request from a student or faculty for materials in another language, especially Spanish language material.

Geography:  United States publications are emphasized, with some world criminal justice materials purchased.

Chronology:  Emphasis is placed on the purchase of materials published within the last five years, except in areas covering the history of criminal justice.

MATERIAL TYPES

            All formats may be considered for purchase.  Serials are heavily relied upon for current material.  Textbooks provide background information.  Audiovisual materials will be reviewed for selective additions.  CD-ROMs and DVDs are generally added when accompanying print material, but may be purchased separately when available.

SELECTION TOOLS

            Materials will be identified through recommendations in or from:

            Faculty and student recommendations

            Choice

            Library journal

            Booklist

            [Specialized journals]

            Publisher’s Discoverys and flyers

            Ref. Z1035.1.G89 1996.  Guide to reference books.

            Ref. Z1039.C65 B67.  Books for college libraries.

            Ref. Z1035.1.W33.  Walford’s guide to reference materials.

            [Specialized reference works:  E&GLI, BGMI, MLA]

RETENTION POLICY:

            [In the areas of science, technology, medicine, and business:]

            All materials will be considered for de-selection with five years of publication.  All superseded editions will be removed from the shelves.  Only material containing historic value or consumer interest will be retained beyond the five-year period.

            [In the areas of literature and humanities:]

            Superseded editions will be removed from the shelves unless they are listed in a major reference tool.  Qualifications for indefinite retention include:  Historical information on the subject; local connection; community college connection; listed in standard reference works; out of print.

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