COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Stephen Dingman, Updated: April 19, 2013
GEOGRAPHY (EXPLORATION/TRAVEL LC: G 149-922)
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.
Chronology: Emphasis is placed on the purchase of materials published within the last five years, except in areas covering the history of exploration.
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.
Materials will be identified through recommendations in or from:
Faculty, student, or patron recommendations
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.
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 All superseded editions will be removed from the shelves.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In the area of exploration, superseded editions will be removed from the shelves unless they are listed in a major reference tool.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.