The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to support the development and maintenance of the Jack C. Taylor Library collection in accordance with the mission and values of both Fontbonne University and the library. (See Appendix A, Library Core Documents)
The library collection includes a wide variety of formats, including books, journals, newspapers, videos, audio CDs, games, and artwork. Library materials include both those physically housed in the library and those purchased or licensed for digital access.
The library collections serve the following purposes:
III. Principles and Values
The librarians, as members of the faculty, are entitled to full academic freedom in the exercise of their duties. “More specifically, the University recognizes that faculty and students are entitled to full freedom of inquiry and expression in their educational pursuits, under the principle of academic freedom. The University therefore affirms the vital importance of free inquiry to its educational mission, endorses the right of its faculty and students to free inquiry and expression, and expects them to exercise these freedoms responsibly.” – Fontbonne University Policy Manual, volume 4 (4.10.1).
The Jack C. Taylor Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights (http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/index.cfm)
and Freedom to Read Statement (http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/ftrstatement/freedomreadstatement.cfm).
In accordance with the philosophy and objectives of these documents, the library has a duty to:
The Jack C. Taylor Library adheres to the applicable copyright laws of the United States. Therefore, unpublished or copied materials in any form will be added to the collection only when copyright compliance can be verified.
IV. Budget Allocation
The administration of Fontbonne University determines the budget available for library materials. Within that budget, the University Librarian, with the advice and assistance of the Library Advisory Committee, determines the annual subscriptions to remote access databases. The remaining funds are then allocated by department for the purchase of serials, books, and other materials. Library funds will not be used for materials housed outside of the library.
Over half of the non-database budget is reserved for the support of the curriculum. This budget is apportioned among the university departments, based on the credit hour production of the previous year. The credit hours for upper division and graduate level courses are weighted to support the purchase of more scholarly works at those levels. Each department determines the amount of its allocation to be used for serial subscriptions in the annual serials review process, with the remainder to be used for the purchase of books and audiovisual materials. Faculty are encouraged to make their selections as early as possible, so that the material ordered can arrive within the fiscal year cycle.
Three areas of importance to Fontbonne University’s mission are given additional percentages of the library materials budget to support research and skill development beyond actual classroom teaching. These areas are:
The remaining portion of the non-database budget is allocated for general library acquisitions, including reference materials, significant works which lie outside of Fontbonne subject areas, support for the Dedicated Semester or newly forming departments, replacement of worn or lost items, materials focusing on Fontbonne’s mission or the St. Louis region, and materials encouraging literacy or providing recreation.
V. Collection Development Responsibilities
Development and maintenance of the library collection is a responsibility shared by librarians and faculty, with ultimate responsibility resting with the University Librarian.
The librarians act as liaisons to academic departments, consulting with faculty and staff members to obtain purchasing recommendations. All library users are encouraged to submit written suggestions for the purchase of library materials to any member of the library staff.
VI. Selection Guidelines and Priorities
The Jack C. Taylor Library will select those materials that meet the following criteria:
Materials which are not Acquired
Materials Acquired With Limitations
Acquisitions Requiring Special Consideration
Any deviation from these guidelines will be resolved in consultation with the University Librarian and faculty in the subject field.
Donations are subject to these same collection criteria and are accepted only when the donor places no restrictions on their housing, handling, or disposition. Storage space, staff time requirements, cataloging costs, timeliness of the information, and the selection criteria are all considered before donations are added to the collection. When questions arise, faculty in the subject area will be consulted as to suitability. While all materials will be accepted as donations, only those materials which will improve the collection will actually be added. If requested, in acknowledgement of donations, the Library will provide a letter for tax purposes, but monetary appraisals are solely the responsibility of the donor.
VIII. Removal from the Collection
As time passes, scholarship evolves, data ages, and programs change. The collection must be periodically and systematically evaluated to continue providing reliable and relevant information.
Weeding is an essential element of library service that achieves a number of goals:
Most selection decisions are made without actually handling the item to be added. Relying on credible reviews and faculty recommendations is generally sufficient. However, from time to time inappropriate material may enter the collection. Any requests for reconsideration of material in the collections should be addressed to the University Librarian, using the appropriate form (See University Librarian for form). The University Librarian, in consultation with the Library Advisory Committee, will determine appropriate action and inform all relevant parties.
IX. Resource Sharing
Borrowing materials from other libraries is not a substitute for purchase of appropriate materials, but rather a means of broadening access to resources for all library users. Material requested frequently through interlibrary loan will be reviewed by the librarians for inclusion in the library’s collections on an ongoing basis.
Fontbonne University is a member of the MOBIUS consortium of over sixty Missouri academic and research libraries. Fontbonne students, faculty, and staff can request books through the online MOBIUS catalog and receive them within a few days, through library cooperation and a courier service. Fontbonne patrons also have reciprocal borrowing privileges with other MOBIUS libraries and can visit and use the collections of many regional academic libraries with relative ease. Access to this consortium is an important factor in selecting as diverse a collection as possible for the consortium as a whole. The Jack C. Taylor Library attempts to support that diversity in both its selection and removal decisions.
For materials that are not available through MOBIUS, the Library provides an interlibrary loan service, using OCLC, ILLIAD, and desktop document delivery, where possible.
X. Policy Review
This collection development policy will be periodically reviewed and modifications made when appropriate.
Approved by Library Advisory Council October 13, 2016