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Library Policies

Collection Development: Photography



Celita Avila               Updated: 4/19/2013






            The Photography Collection primarily supports the College’s journalism/photography curriculum.  The photography curriculum currently offers classes covering black and white and color photography processes and techniques, primarily in a darkroom setting.  The Journalism Department provides support for digital applications of photography.  Photography classes cover portraiture, documentary, architectural, artistic, landscape, fashion, commercial and studio photography.  To this end, the Library acquires printed materials relating to the history, criticism, the techniques and uses of photography and photographic equipment, and materials of documentary or aesthetic interest, especially those representative of American or, in some cases, well-known international photographers.




Language:  English will be the primary language of the collection.

Geography:  United States publications are emphasized.

Chronology:  Emphasis is on the acquisition of new and recent materials, particularly those published in the last five years.  Occasionally, an older work of note may be acquired to fill in a previous gap in the collection.




            All formats may be considered for purchase.  Emphasis, however, is on printed materials.  Audiovisual materials will be reviewed for selective additions.




            Collection needs will be identified through reviews and articles appearing in publications such as Choice, Library Journal, Booklist, and other major photography sources.  Recommendations from faculty, students, and other patrons also will be considered.




                        Superseded editions will be removed from the shelves unless they are listed in a major reference tool.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