Lewis-Clark State College Library
Collection Development and Maintenance Policy
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Purpose of the Policy
General Description of the Institution and Clientele Served
Library Mission & Purpose
Collection Development Responsibility
Intellectual Freedom Statement
PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework of procedures and guidelines for the librarians responsible for developing and managing the collection at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) Library. Collection management includes the selection, acquisition and deaccessioning of library materials in all formats, as well as the ongoing review of the existing collection. The main objective of collection development is to have a useful collection that reflects the goals of the LCSC Library and the curricular and information needs of the LCSC community. This policy is a working document that will change and develop in response to the needs of the College community.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SERVED
Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC), located in Lewiston, Idaho, is a public undergraduate college with more than 3,000 students from more than 30 states and 20 countries. The college offers undergraduate instruction in the nursing, education, business, humanities, natural sciences, as well as in professional and applied technical programs through the Lewiston campus and LCSC’s various outreach centers including Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The LCSC Library is a member of the Washington-Idaho Network (WIN) consortium which includes the North Idaho College Molstead Library in Coeur d’Alene. The Library primarily serves the students, faculty and staff of LCSC. However, members of the Lewis-Clark Valley community may also make use of the Library’s collection on a limited basis.
LIBRARY MISSION AND PURPOSE
Through the selection, organization, and dissemination of information, the Library supports the academic and technical education programs of the College. It seeks to fill the information needs of its user community by developing a conceptually coherent and rational collection of print and non-print materials which support the College’s teaching and research functions.
To fulfill this mission, the Library faculty participates in the development and review of the curriculum and works closely with teaching faculty and students to analyze their curricular, research and recreational interests. Staff also teach the bibliographic structure of knowledge and the means of gaining access to that knowledge, explore and implement new technology to expand and improve information resources and services, and test new ways to extend service to the broader community.
The Library provides an inclusive and welcoming environment that accepts differing viewpoints, life experience, and contributions from all members of the LCSC community. Library staff provides services, collections, and spaces that meet the diverse needs of LCSC students, faculty, and staff. In all of its activity, the Library supports the designated programs of the College and responds to the unique information demands generated by the College mission.
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITY
Final responsibility for implementation of this policy rests with the Director of the Library who is authorized to allocate the resource funds for the Library. Overall responsibility for the selection, development and maintenance of the collection rests with the Library faculty. The Library faculty consults with the teaching faculty to ensure they have a voice in collection development which supports the LCSC curriculum. Library faculty welcome recommendations for the collection from the teaching faculty, however, the final selection responsibility lies with the Library faculty who will, using their discretion, determine if the materials recommended fit the Library’s selection guidelines.
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM STATEMENT
In accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, the LCSC Library’s collection provides the free exchange of all ideas. The collection offers the widest possible range of viewpoints, regardless of the popularity of the viewpoint, or the sex, religion, political philosophy, or national origin of the author(s). No censorship shall be exercised on the basis of language or controversy of topic related to religious, political, sexual, social economic, scientific or moral issues.
The Library staff strives to provide collections that represent diverse viewpoints. Library users may occasionally find materials owned by the Library to be controversial or objectionable. Written complaints will be considered within the guidelines outlined in this policy. In considering such complaints, the following statement from the Library Bill of Rights shall remain paramount: "Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."
The Library uses its funds to develop a collection which reflects the educational objectives, and supports the educational and service programs of the college. LCSC Library will acquire representative materials in all areas of knowledge focusing on subject areas relating to LCSC’s academic curriculum, and appropriate to the level of instruction. The Library focuses on acquiring books for lower-division undergraduates, particularly those with “Essential” or “Highly Recommended” evaluations by Choice. The Library staff exercises care in purchasing highly specialized research materials solely for individual faculty use. Interlibrary loan is recommended for the occasional need of esoteric, limited-use materials.
Criteria for selection of library materials shall include:
The Library will acquire materials in diverse supported formats.
Selection is made in the following subject areas in support of the College’s curriculum and instruction needs. Below is a summary of the areas of curriculum focus:
Focus on Idaho and the Pacific Northwest; general agriculture; conservation of natural resources (land); plant culture; forestry; animal culture; aquaculture & fisheries; and wildlife management.
Curriculum focus includes cultural anthropology; world prehistory; Native American studies; North American Indians; culture and environment, health, education; comparative religion; and ethnography.
Art & Architecture
Topics of focus in the curriculum include art history; art criticism; fine arts; composition; drawing; painting; sculpture; printmaking; ceramics; art methods for the elementary teacher; visual communication and design.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include environmental life science; human biology; cellular and molecular biology; diversity of life; zoology; botany; microbiology; anatomy and physiology; evolution; pathophysiology; ecology; epidemiology; genetics; immunology; development biology; mammalogy; ornithology; ichthyology; entomology; field botany.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include management and leadership; entrepreneurship; accounting; marketing; finance; economics; hotel and restaurant management; business communications; business law. The Library collection will support the above coursework, as well as societal and ethical issues related to business and economics.
Curriculum focus includes preparatory chemistry; introduction to chemistry; organic and biochemistry; principles of chemistry; physical chemistry; and inorganic chemistry.
Children’s Literature Collection (CLC)
The children’s literature collection is a special collection which primarily supports the elementary and secondary education curriculum of the campus. The collection will include all of the annual American Library Association (ALA) award winners. Books with starred reviews in the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and School Library Journal will receive strong consideration.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include foundations of programming; object-oriented design and methodology; algorithms and data structures; scripting languages; net centric computing; databases; advanced visual basic; operating systems; information and knowledge management; software engineering; web-database interfaces; theory of computation; intelligent systems; artificial intelligence and information; usability: human-centered design and evaluation.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include elementary and secondary education; reading; subject specialties, such as teaching social studies or mathematics; special education; early childhood education; gifted education. The Library collection will include materials supporting coursework in the above areas, as well as standards published by accrediting bodies and materials on college student success, on distance education, and on societal issues related to education.
Curriculum focus includes pre-engineering to include engineering graphics; engineering fundamentals, analysis, & design; engineering statics; & engineering dynamics. Engineering technology focus includes computer aided drafting (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS).
Curriculum focus includes geographic information systems, digital remote sensing, and other special topics in GIS.
Curriculum emphasis in geology includes environmental earth science; historical geology; geology of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest; earth materials including mineralogy, sedimentary rocks, geochemistry of weathering & soil formation, ore mineralogy, geologic mapping; hydrogeology; earth surface processes including tectonics, fluvial & glacial geomorphology, quaternary geology; structural geology; and special topics in geology.
Coursework in history at LCSC includes history of civilization; U.S. history; Native American history; Nez Perce tribe history; Africa and the world; history of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the American West; American women’s history; U.S. popular culture; history of social welfare in the U.S.; U.S. and Pacific Rim affairs; American foreign policy; history of Latin America; and the history of Europe.
The primary curriculum emphasis includes the legal assistant & paralegal programs. Collection areas also include general law; public law; law of the United States; and Idaho state law.
Literature & Languages
Topics of focus in the curriculum include composition; general American, British, and world literature; nature and Western literature; Shakespeare; literary analysis; history of the English language; technical writing; creative fiction and non-fiction writing; poetry; book publishing; Spanish and Nez Perce language training; communication; film history; video production.
The Library will also collect annual National Book Award, Pulitzer, and Booker prize winners, as well as a representative selection of publications by the Nobel Laureates for Literature and the Poet Laureate of the United States.
While books constitute the majority of materials purchased in this area, the Library will purchase media materials for the collection that meet any of the following criteria:
Topics include algebra; finite and discrete mathematics; calculus; geometry; trigonometry; linear programming and game theory; differential equations; probability; real and complex analysis; math for technology; applied mathematics.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include music appreciation; music history; and music technique. The Library focuses its collection on music history and music appreciation. While the Library doesn’t purchase music scores, it will accept donations of materials in good condition.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include health assessment; fundamentals of nursing; health theory; pharmacotherapeutics in nursing; nursing informatics; public health nursing; transcultural health care; health care finance; leadership/management theory; neonatal resuscitation; nursing research; radiography; radiobiology; imaging modalities.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include theater production, acting, and dance. The Library will purchase books that support the above coursework. In addition, the Library will purchase recorded performances in this subject, such as:
Philosophy & Religion
Collection emphasis is on basic ethics; social and political philosophy; logic and argumentation; and cooperative education in philosophy.
Topics of focus in the curriculum include individual and team sports; sports officiating; survey of human movement; techniques and methods for coaching; fitness and wellness; physical education for the elementary teacher; youth sports and recreation; adaptive teaching in physical education; biomechanics; physiology of exercise; motor learning and motor development; sports psychology; history and principles of physical education; kinesiology; organization and administration of health, physical education, recreation, athletics; social-cultural aspects of sports.
Curriculum emphasis in physical science includes general physics, descriptive astronomy, engineering physics and modern physics.
The Library faculty will purchase popular bestseller paperbacks and other top-selling titles in a variety of genres for leisure or pleasure reading.
Topics of focus include American government; social and political philosophy; international politics; constitutional law; public policy; international political economy; American foreign policy; comparative politics; and Idaho politics.
Topics of focus in the curriculum area include developmental psychology; biological bases of behavior; historical and contemporary issues in psychology; group dynamics; political psychology; statistical methods; abnormal psychology; assessment of learning; social psychology; educational psychology; peace, conflict and violence; issues in abusive relationships; research methods; sports psychology; counseling theories and techniques; chemical dependency and pharmacology; cognitive psychology; crisis intervention; and HIV/AIDS critical issues.
The focus of the Social Work program at LCSC is to prepare students to be general practitioners. Courses in the BSW program include the history of social welfare; human behavior; social welfare services and policy; families and children; and child welfare.
Sociology & Criminal Justice
Sociology is a minor program within the Social Sciences Division at LCSC and includes coursework in religion in contemporary society; current social problems; social change; rural sociology; and environmental sociology. Criminal Justice/Justice Studies is offered as a major within the Social Sciences Division at LCSC. Coursework focus includes juvenile delinquency; deviant behavior and society; family; criminology; criminal law; criminal procedure and investigation; comparative criminal justice; and police and corrections in America.
Gift Materials – Policies & Procedures
The LCSC Library welcomes donations of books, relevant journals and other appropriate materials. Gift materials of good quality that don’t fit our policy for purchasing materials may be added to our collection, at the discretion of the Librarian subject selector and/or the Collection Development Librarian. If these materials become lost or damaged after they begin to circulate, they will not be replaced. Because of space limitations and processing costs, we cannot add all gifts to the collection. Duplicate titles and textbooks - especially those more than 5 years old - may not be added to the collection unless are deemed to be the best or only source of information on a particular topic. We also consider other factors such as the item’s condition, age, or subject relevance. The Library will not add items which have been designated by a publisher as a free copy not for re-sale.
When a gift is not added to the collection, we will sell the item either in our Library book sale or through the nonprofit organization, Better World Books, which helps generate a small amount of money to help support the Library. We will send a letter to donors acknowledging the gifts and the number of items donated. However, because of limited staff time, the Library cannot provide an itemized list of contributions. The appraisal of gifts to the Library is the responsibility of the donor. The Library will not be responsible for providing a monetary valuation statement to the donor for tax or other purposes, but will acknowledge receiving the gift.
Donor requests for the inclusion of special wording to go on their donation(s) will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with and at the discretion of the Collection Development Librarian and the Library Director. The wording must be succinct and brief. Final approval on the wording will be decided by the library faculty.
A periodic program of weeding or removal of materials from the collection will be carried out by the Library faculty. Criteria used to evaluate materials include existence of duplicate copies; physical condition of the material; outdated or inaccurate information; extent of the Library’s holdings in the subject area; date of publication; relevance for the LCSC Library's collection; availability of newer or revised editions; demand and usage of the material; potential future use; and importance for historical purposes. Items shall be withdrawn from circulation and recycled. Materials damaged beyond repair shall be discarded and replacements, if available, shall be purchased. Decisions regarding weeding of the collection may be carried out in consultation with the teaching faculty along with consulting other sources such as OCLCWorldCat to determine item availability via interlibrary loan.
LCSC Library will purchase one circulating copy of a title. Duplicate copies, either purchased or accepted as gifts, will be acquired only under unusual circumstances as determined by demand and other relevant factors. Faculty members recommending purchase of multiple copies of the same title will need to give justification of need.
Replacement of Lost Items
Lost items shall be replaced; if available and still deemed pertinent; if funds allow; or upon the recommendation of a teaching faculty member or librarian. The librarians will determine what items to replace, based upon the above criteria.
The LCSC Library does not purchase required textbooks for the collection which students are expected to purchase for class use. Textbooks may be purchased if they are a classic in the discipline or if they are the only or best source of information on a particular topic.
Revised February 2018