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Selection Criteria

CD/DVDs

Sound Recordings

CDs are the Library's preferred format for sound recordings. It is the only format for which the Library maintains the equipment required to access information stored as a sound recording.

Data Recordings

CDs are not the Library's preferred format for data and/or software applications. For data recordings, the preferred formats (in order of preference) are web based data files or printed data files (whether on paper or microform). For software applications the preferred format is web based.

Video Recordings

DVDs are the Library's preferred format for video recordings. It is the only format for which the Library maintains the equipment required to access information stored as a video recording.

For content selection criteria for CD and DVD purchases, please refer to the Library's General Collection Development Policy and to individual subject polices.

Electronic Books

Based on circulation statistics, the library prefers printed formats over electronic formats for monographic purchases. For selection criteria for monographic purchases, please refer to the Library's General Collection Development Policy and to individual subject polices.

Electronic Journals

As defined above, for the purposes of this policy, an electronic journal is defined as being a digital version of a print journal, or a journal-like electronic publication with no print counterpart, made available via the Web, e-mail, or other means of Internet access. The distinction is important to selection decisions and should be the one of the first pieces of information a selector obtains about an e-journal.

In cases when a journal is available in more than one format (e.g. print and/or microform as well as electronic), the following criteria should be considered:

Does the library subscribe to the journal in any other format? If so,

In cases when the journal is not available in any other format or once it is established that the e-journal version is preferred, the following additional selection criteria should be considered:

Electronic Newsletter (e-newsletter) - Because of their ephemeral quality, e-newsletters will be generally not be added to the collection. Decisions concerning individual titles will be made by the serials librarian, subject specific librarian and/or library director.

Electronic Serials (e-serials) The following types of resources are considered serials, whether issued individually or as component parts of a collection:

  • electronic journal and electronic magazines (may also be known as e-journals, e-magazines, e-zines)
  • electronic newsletters
  • electronic newspapers

Web Sites

A Web Site may be deemed a valuable asset in that it broadens, enriches, and compliments the Library's collection. The selection of Web Sites into the Library’s collection should be consistent with the Library’s Mission, General Collection Development Policy and, when appropriate, the Subject Specific Collection Development Policy. Responsibility for the selection of a Web Site to be placed into the collection, like most materials, falls to individual the Subject Specific Liaison with input from the Reference Librarians.

The Web Sites linked on the Library's web site are separate and independent from the Library. The Library exercises no control over the content of the information provided by the producers of those sites.

Web Site content is divided into two categories including:

Internal Internet Resources - pages that hold information on Library operations such as hours, staff directory, and maps. Publication pages that hold instructional and educational information, such as Resource Guides and Electronic Database Guides. Databases including the Online Catalog and the database page which provides linking to restricted access databases such as those produced by Ebsco.

External Internet Resources - These are links to websites housed outside the University's server that are meet Collection Development criteria and are deemed valuable enough to become part of the Library's collection. Many Government Document resources will fall into this catagory.

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