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Library Policies

Collection Development: History

Collection Development Policy: History

General Objectives

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

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:  Primary emphasis is on United States and Texas history.  Secondary emphasis is on the history of other nations.

Chronology:  Emphasis is placed on the purchase of materials published within the last five years.

Place of publication:  Emphasis is on the purchase of materials published in the United States.


All formats are considered for purchase.  Textbooks are not purchased unless the material covered in a textbook is unique.


The following tools will be used to identify and select items for purchase:

Faculty and student recommendations

Choice reviews

Publishers’ Discoverys and flyers

Book Reviews from and other online publications.


Superseded editions will be removed from the shelves unless they are listed in a major reference tool.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.

Eileen Oliver, Updated: December 10, 2013 



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