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Collection Development Policy Guidelines
Guidelines for writing collection development policies for specific subject areas, to be followed by all selectors.

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  1. General Scope
    This section defines the general priorities governing selection. Include the following:
    1. Audience
      [A brief history of department or program and any teaching and research programs supported by the collection.]
    2. Boundaries
      [Define broadly which LC classes and interdisciplinary subject areas within the Library’s collections this covers. Include any related materials in the Rauner Special Collections Library’s collection.]
    3. Partnerships
      [Discuss briefly how different partnerships affect collecting decisions, e.g. Borrow Direct, NERL, other consortia or libraries. What collaborative collecting within the Borrow Direct group is pertinent to this discipline? What opportunities should be developed?]
  2. Specific Delimitations to collecting in this subject area
    [Please keep this section succinct.]
    1. Languages
      [This identifies the languages in which material is collected.]
    2. Geographical Areas (if applicable)
      [This identifies the geographical areas in which materials are collected.]
    3. Types of Materials Collected
      [This identifies types of materials which are excluded or intensively collected, e.g. serials, technical reports, documents, dissertations, indexes and abstracts, databases, etc.]
    4. Format of Materials Collected
      [This identifies the format of materials that are excluded or intensively collected, e.g. digital information resources, microforms, audio or visual materials.]
    5. Collective Collections
      [How do the Borrow Direct collective collections, the collections of the Center for Research Libraries, and the HathiTrust enhance local collections or discovery of local resources? Local or other noteworthy collections?]
  3. Revision History
    In reverse chronological order, indicate
    • Month and year the policy was revised, followed by
    • Name of the selector who last revised the policy and their action taken ( i.e., created, updated, reviewed)
    • Name of the current selector (link to email address)

Last Updated: 8/5/16