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3.0 Basic Principles, Goals, and Organization of the Collection Development & Management Program

A commitment to meet the needs of the college underlies all decisions concerning the selection and  acquisition of library resources. Critical factors in considering resources for selection and acquisition are:  

  • The proliferation of information in a variety of formats 
  • The available financial resources 
  • The cost of continuing obligations 
  • The cost of processing, housing and maintaining resources 
  • The accessibility of resources at all campuses

Copyright (please click on the following link: Copyright Research Guide - or copy and paste this link in your browser: https://researchguides.cpcc.edu/c.php?g=398171&p=2706721 for many more helpful copyright information)

The Library makes every attempt to comply with copyright laws and regulations when acquiring,  converting and/or duplicating library resources; please refer to Section 6 for details.

Goals of the Collection Development & Management Program


The Library has the following goals:  


  • Primary Goal:  collect resources which will support the current curricular needs of students


  • Secondary Goal: collect resources to support the accreditation needs of specific programs


  • Tertiary Goal: to collect resources, on a more limited basis, which will support the life-long learning and leisure needs of the students, faculty and staff

Organization of Collection Development  

Collection Development & Management Steering Committee and Selectors

The CD&M Steering Committee consists of the Assistant Director of Resource Services (team leader), the Acquisitions Senior Library Specialist, the Systems Librarian, the Head of Metadata/Cataloging librarian, the Online Access Librarian, an Instructional Resource  Services Librarian and the 6 Campus Managers. The CD&M SC was initiated to focus a smaller group of selectors on CD&M policy development and revision, as well as other important practices and procedures, in order to streamline the collection development and management process.


All campus library managers and their staff select for their specific programs and general education, and make  purchase recommendations in any area of their expertise for any library site. Selection recommendations are welcome from all library staff, whether or not they are assigned a specific program/subject are, as well as all from college faculty and staff. 

Collection Development & Management Steering Committee activities include:  

  • Collection analysis and evaluation, including decisions regarding duplication and/or replacement of resources based on general selection criteria 
  • Collection review for preservation and discard 
  • Use and user studies (in conjunction with the Online Services Librarian) 
  • Allocation of library materials budget 
  • Planning and implementation of resource sharing 
  • Partnering with all faculty, specific program areas, and all librarians and library staff to ascertain information needs 
  • Developing plans to acquire/manage appropriate resources/collections (e.g.: ESL, Basic Skills, Disability Services, Leisure, and Spanish language) 
  • Preparing reports on library resources for accrediting agencies There is a different process in place for this now