Collection Development Policy

Library and Learning Resources

1. In accordance with the mission of the City College of San Francisco and the mission of the CCSF Library, the primary mission of the Library’s collection development program is to acquire and purchase materials that support the college’s academic and vocational curricula.

2. The Library’s secondary collection development mission, within the limits of the Library’s budget, is to support the classroom research needs of the faculty, staff and students. When these needs cannot be met by the library’s resources, the library acquires materials through interlibrary loan services.

3. In accordance with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement, the CCSF Library pledges respect for and support of the concept of the individual’s right to read and to have free access to information. The library is committed to the selection of materials representing differing and conflicting perspectives on political and social issues. Furthermore, the library has a responsibility to maintain a balanced collection which reflects the needs of the broad, socially and culturally diverse clientele. In the areas in which it collects, the Library strives to acquire materials that represent the widest possible range of viewpoints.

The library collects primarily English language materials through the undergraduate level in all formats, e.g. books, periodicals, microforms, non-book material (video recordings, slides, sound recordings, etc.). The acquisition of foreign language materials, in so far as it supports the curriculum, is strongly supported.

The library acquires general reference works recommended for community college libraries, materials relating to the history, development and character of the college and the City of San Francisco, and other materials and resources necessary to meet the Library’s mission. The purchase of duplicate material is contingent on the availability of sufficient funds.

Materials not collected for the majority of the subject disciplines are: artifacts, books above theundergraduate college level, dissertations, manuscripts, theses, high, professional level materials, university research materials, textbooks, and upper division or graduate level journals.

Gifts to the library are accepted or rejected in accordance with the general collection development guidelines and policies.

The subject selectors, along with the Acquisitions/Collection Development Librarian, work closely with the faculty and students to keep abreast of the needs of City College of San Francisco’s academic and vocational programs. The librarians encourage faculty to become familiar with the library’s holdings in their subject fields and to request that new materials supporting their courses be acquired. Selectors use print and online bibliographic tools to build a collection of seminal retrospective titles. They consult the current reviewing journals, bibliographies, publisher’s catalogs and faculty to select materials currently being published. The librarians are responsible for selecting materials in subject areas that support the Library‘s mission, for responding to faculty requests for material as they conform to stated policies, and for keeping the collection active and relevant to the needs of the community college users.

Adopted: 10/29/92, updated 8/2004; revised draft expected Fall 2014