Providing access to materials is the key component of the Mesa Community College Library's philosophy. Access is obtained through acquiring a core library collection on site and making the widest possible use of all resources available through networking with other MCCCD libraries, other Arizona libraries, consortia, and all available online networks and resources both national and international.
All materials acquired by the Mesa Community College Libraries should reflect resource needs of Mesa Community College. This basic principle will determine such fundamentals as type, format, quantity, and scope of resources to be acquired. In general the resource needs of the college will reflect one or more of the following:
The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to guide the selection of materials and equipment and to inform the public about the principles upon which these selections are made.
A. Mesa Community College
B. The Libraries
The libraries support the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights and its concepts of intellectual freedom.
In an effort to provide materials representing diverse sources of information and the widest possible range of ideas and viewpoints, some materials the libraries acquire may be considered controversial by certain groups or individuals. The acquisition or use of any item does not imply approval or endorsement of the content. In the event that material is challenged, the user can refer to the XI Questioned Materials section of this document.
The libraries comply with the Copyright Law of the United States. Library services including reserve materials procedures, interlibrary loan, photocopying, and acquisition procedures, must comply with the U.S. copyright principles.
Selection responsibility and accountability ultimately rests with the residential faculty librarians at the MCC Libraries. Anyone within the user community may recommend purchase of library materials. The Library reserves the right to make all final decisions on purchases; however, every recommendation will be given consideration. To be considered, the material must align with the college curriculum. To request materials submit the Materials Request form.
A. General Criteria
B. Criteria for specific types of resources
The goal of collection assessment is to evaluate the appropriateness of the library collection and to document the progress of a collection-building program. At regular intervals library liaisons undertake evaluation of the collection. This process assists librarians in making informed collection development decisions.
Ongoing collection maintenance activities include de-selection, preservation and subscription cancellation.
Deselection of library materials (process of removing items from the collection) is essential for the maintenance of a current, academically sound library collection. Deselection provides quality control of materials by eliminating outdated, inaccurate and worn out titles. Librarians are responsible for conducting an on-going deselection project. Faculty members are consulted when specific items are recommended for removal from the collection. Withdrawn materials will be disposed of according to MCCCD policy.
The library welcomes gifts of materials that are consistent with the collection development policy and provided there are no restrictions attached as to their disposition. Because all items added to the collection generate processing and storage costs, materials received as gifts will be evaluated by the same criteria as materials purchased. Gifts are accepted with the understanding that materials not added to the collection will be disposed of in ways most advantageous to the library. Acknowledgement of gifts will be provided to the donor, but no value appraisal will be supplied. Memorials and financial donations are also accepted. For more information contact the Library Collection Management at (480) 461-7694.
The library does not add or withdraw, at the request of any individual or group, materials which have been chosen or excluded on the basis of stated selection criteria. Any individual or group questioning the appropriateness of materials in the collection should direct its question in writing to the Director of Library Services (1833 West Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85202) who will consult with the MCC Library Committee and MCC Administration and prepare a written response.
The Collection Development Guidelines were reviewed and approved by the residential faculty librarians on January 2005. This document will be reviewed every two years in terms of the assessed information needs of Mesa Community College, the growing profusion of electronic resources, and emerging technologies.