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Library Policies & Procedures: Geography (Exploration and Travel)

Policies and procedures governing the SAC Library.

Collection Development: Geography (Exploration and Travel)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Stephen Dingman, Updated: April 19, 2013

GEOGRAPHY (EXPLORATION/TRAVEL LC: G 149-922)

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

            To support the Geography/History curriculum, materials will be acquired to keep the collection current in the field of geography/exploration/travel. (LC: G 149-922)

SCOPE OF COVERAGE

Language:  English will be the primary language of the collection, with the occasional exception (when funds permit) of a special request from a student or faculty member for materials in another language, especially the Spanish language.

Geography:  United States publications are emphasized.

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

MATERIAL TYPES

            All formats are 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 added when they accompany print material, but may be purchased separately when available.

SELECTION TOOLS

            Materials will be identified through recommendations in or from:

            Faculty, student, or patron recommendations

            Choice

            Library journal

            Booklist

            Publisher’s catalogs 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.

           

RETENTION POLICY:

            In the areas of geography and travel, 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  All superseded editions will be removed from the shelves.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            In the area of exploration, superseded editions will be removed from the shelves unless they are listed in a major reference tool.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 connections; community college connections; listed in standard reference works; out of print.

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