PRP 3820 - Library Book and Materials Selection Policy

PRP 3820 - Library Book and Materials Selection Policy

Issued by: Wilson G. Bradshaw, V.P. for Academic Affairs

Effective Date: November 1996

Notes: Approved by the Representative Assembly, November 17, 1977. Updated 11/11/96.

It is the policy of Bloomsburg University -- through the Harvey A. Andruss Library -- to select, commensurate with budgetary, staff, and space allocations, books and non-book materials which support:

  • 1. Aims and objectives of the University.
  • 2. Content of courses offered in the curricular programs.
  • 3. Teaching methods of faculty members.
  • 4. Research programs of graduate students at the Master's level.
  • 5. Research programs of faculty members.
  • 6. Special needs of students and faculty, including general enrichment and leisure reading.
  • 7. Other University commitments.

In the fulfillment of these objectives, selections of books and materials is considered to be a cooperative responsibility, with participation and recommendations of Library faculty, teaching faculty, administrative faculty, non-instructional staff, and students. Ultimate responsibility for overall selections and quality of library materials rests, by virtue of the position, with the Dean of Library Services.

The University administration and those charged with responsibility for selection hold to the tenet that professional integrity and responsibility to the academic community served by the library involves the freedom to have access to a wide spectrum of significant material available, as long as:

  • 1. The educational objectives of the University are supported.
  • 2. All sides of controversial or partisan issues are represented.

The Collection Development Policy of Andruss Library applies equally to all book and non-book materials, whether acquired by purchase, gift or exchange. Gift and exchange materials will be accepted according to the guidelines in the Gift and Exchange Policy of Andruss Library.

The University subscribed to the purposes expressed in the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association.