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Central Piedmont Library Collection Development & Management Policy

Collection Development is the process of building useful, balanced collections over time within a set budget, based on assessed, ongoing information needs of the library’s users. It also includes selection criteria, resource sharing, replacement of items,

Central Piedmont Collection Development & Management Policy: 

A Resource for Building and Managing Library Collections

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The Central Piedmont Library supports the mission of the College by providing a high quality, relevant and useful collection of resources. A systematic process which provides for the  evaluation, selection, acquisition of new library materials, balanced by the withdrawal of items  that no longer possess primary or secondary value, ensures a collection that meets the  information needs of the CP community.  

The format of this document adheres to the American Library Association’s (ALA) publication,  Guide for Written Collection Policy Statements (ALA, 1996). This document also fulfills the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirement.  

It is implicit in every requirement in the Principles of Accreditation that a mandated policy or  procedure be in writing, be approved through appropriate institutional processes, be published  and be implemented and enforced by the institution. The SACS Principles of Accreditation for  Library and Other Learning Resources state as follows:  

  • The institution provides facilities and learning/information resources that are appropriate to   support its teaching, research, and service mission. (Learning/information resources) 
  • The institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources. (Instruction of library use) 
  • The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff—with appropriate education or experiences in the library and/or other learning/information resources—to accomplish the mission of the institution. (Qualified staff)