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Library Policies & Procedures: Performing Arts, Theatre, & Communication

Policies and procedures governing the SAC Library.

Collection Development: Performing Arts, Theatre, & Communication

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Celita Avila                                      Updated: 4/19/2013

THEATRE, PERFORMING ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

            To support the academic and curricular needs of the Theatre, Performing Arts, Speech and Communication Departments.  To keep current with the new developments and offer a balance between the varied artistic elements of theatre and an intellectual understanding of the diverse theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of this art.

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 foreign Theatre, Performing Arts, Speech and Communication materials purchased.

Chronology:  Emphasis is placed on the purchase of materials published within the last five years reflecting contemporary practices, except in areas covering the history of Theatre, Performing Arts, Speech and Communication.  Current publications are of primary importance.  Retrospective purchases are made on a selective basis depending on the availability of materials and funds.

MATERIAL TYPES

            All formats may be considered for purchase.  Books, periodicals, commercially-published playtexts, and reference materials, which include encyclopedias, annuals, bibliographies, biographical dictionaries and directories, indexes, and companions.  Literary texts of dramatic works are not part of the responsibility of the theatre, performing arts and communication fund.  Consideration will be given to selective textbooks providing background information.  Audiovisual materials will be reviewed for selective additions.  Video recordings and DVDs of plays and films are selected for location in the Audio-Visual Center.

SELECTION TOOLS

            Materials will be identified through recommendations in or from:

            Faculty, student, or patron recommendations

            Choice

            Library journal

            Booklist

            [Specialized journals]

            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.

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

RETENTION POLICY:

            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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