Librarians are responsible, in consultation with faculty, for choosing material (i.e., print, audiovisual, electronic media, etc.). Faculty are encouraged to recommend items supporting their areas of the curriculum and/or research. To assist in selection, the library holds several standard review sources as well as the reviews contained in scholarly journals.
Choice of materials is a matter of academic freedom. In regard to censorship, the library follows the guidelines of the American Library Association as found in the following documents: The Library Bill of Rights, Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries, and The Freedom to Read.
Purchase decisions must take into account the need to support and respond to:
- Liberal Arts and the General Studies core.
- Professional programs and their accreditation needs.
- New programs.
- Maintenance/growth of reference materials.
- Individual requests.
Items that are expected to have low usage will be obtained via interlibrary loan.
Gifts are accepted at the discretion of the library staff.