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Learning Resources 6.4 Departmental Interlibrary Loan Policy
College Administration Policies:
A16.01.02 Centralization of Learning Resources Materials
A02.10.02 Research and Scholarly Activity
College Use of Copyrighted Works
The Library strives to provide balanced and equitable access to resources to onsite and remote users in a multi-campus setting.
The focus of the collection is to support the Douglas College curriculum, primarily credit courses. Course related resources for student use are the priority, but the Library also collects materials covering a broad range of educational topics including resources for non-credit courses where the materials are likely to be of ongoing interest. The Library also strives to provide a general knowledge collection.
Course texts are not de facto acquired for the general collection, although single copies may be selectively acquired for the reserve collection.
The Library endeavours to support College initiatives for scholarly research, as defined by the Scholarly Activity policy, through both the acquisition of materials for the collection and through resource sharing. For more information, see Administrative Policy A02.10.02 - Research and Scholarly Activity.
Resources are collected at Conspectus Collection Depth 3: Study or Instructional Support Level , as defined by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Section on Acquisition and Collection Development, and more specifically at Conspectus Level 3a: Study or Instructional Support Level, Introductory , as defined by the American Library Association (see the Appendices for details).
Materials are selected in all formats from appropriate selection sources and from a wide range of reviewing media, both online and in print.
It is the responsibility of the Collections Librarians to review all selections in the respective format areas and to monitor use. The Collections Librarians also work closely with instructional faculty to ensure that materials are purchased to support student research requirements.
Criteria for selection:
The Library accepts donations of materials on the basis that final disposition of the material is at the discretion of the Library. The Library does not generally accept material that requires appraisal or which requires issuance of tax receipts.
The Library acquires material in accordance with its Collection Development Policy and therefore selects from donated materials those items that are suitable for addition to the collection. While the Library does not normally solicit donated material, from time to time, particularly if a new program is added to the curriculum, historical materials may be solicited.
Depending on the significance of the donation, an acknowledgement will be sent to the donor by the Library Director or the appropriate Collections Librarian.
Book or media donations not appropriate for inclusion in the collection will normally be put in the Library's book sale, given to another institution, or recycled.
Housing of materials
All materials purchased with Library funds are housed in, and circulated from, the Library or linked on the Library web site.
Collection Development Policy (pdf)
Last Updated: 2019-01-16 12:00:18 PM