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Library Policies

Collection Development: Biology


NAME OF LIBRARIAN: Tom Bahlinger   DATE:  August 28, 2019

                                    NAME OF DEPARTMENT OR SUBJECT: Biology


            To support the Biology Department curriculum, materials will be acquired to keep the collection current on new theories and techniques in the field of biology and related interests.  The needs of non-biology major students are also taken into consideration. Collection efforts are aimed at maintaining a well-rounded biology collection.


            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:  Emphasis is placed on North American environments, with some world biology materials purchased.

            Chronology: Emphasis is on the collection of current materials, generally published within the last five years. Older materials may be purchased if they are particularly significant or cover the history of the subject.


            All formats may be considered for purchase.  Serials are heavily relied upon for current material. 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.  Textbooks are not purchased.


            Materials will be identified through recommendations in or from:

            Faculty, student, or patron recommendations


            Library journal


            [specialized journals]

            Publishers’ Discoverys and flyers


            Most materials will be considered for de-selection within five years of publication.  All superseded editions will be removed from the shelves.  Some major reference works and unique publications will not necessarily be deselected.  Materials of historic value or of general interest may also be retained beyond the five-year period. Materials having local connections may be retained indefinitely.

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