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following general selection criteria should be considered when requesting
the libraries purchase materials:
- Importance of the subject in relation to the curriculum.
- Currency and accuracy of information.
- Timeliness and importance of information.
- Author's reputation and significance.
- Availability of other material on the subject in the library,
in other campus or area libraries, and in print.
- Inclusion of the title in standard bibliographies or indexes.
- Recommendation in standard reviewing sources.
- Price and demand.
- Language - English only is selected, except for those items selected
to support the foreign language curriculum.
- Format, including legibility, binding, and type.
- Scope and depth of subject coverage.
- Ease of use.
- Publisher- vanity presses are normally excluded.
- Duplication - single copies are normally collected unless there
is an overriding need in the curriculum for duplicates of an item.
- Current vs. retrospective materials - Both current and retrospective
materials are essential to the needs of a college library, however,
current materials will generally receive a higher priority. Current
materials are those in print in their original editions. Retrospective
materials are those out-of-print or available only as reprints
either in full-size or microform editions.
- Out-of-Print materials - Efforts to obtain materials from the
out-of-print market will be made if it is judged that the material
is of enough importance to justify these efforts and costs Probability
of use and frequency of use by primary clientele are factors in
the judgment of importance.
- Paperbound materials - Hardbound volumes are generally
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