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Collection Management: Selection Criteria

This guide is a one-stop-shop for librarians and staff to learn more about the Library's collection development policy and how to develop, manage, and evaluate our collections to support student success at LCC.

General Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used in making selection decisions for materials in Library collection:

  • Relevance of material to the LCC curriculum
  • Critical review or quality of the material content
  • Listing in standard bibliographies and guides
  • Reputation or authoritativeness of the publisher
  • Reputation or authoritativeness of the author
  • Calculated or estimated price
  • Potential for use or known need
  • Strength or weakness of the collection in particular areas
  • Usefulness with respect to other materials in the collection, including the representation of all sides of controversial issues
  • Currency of the material
  • Ability to obtain the material through other means, such as electronic access, MeLCat resource sharing, inter-library loan (ILL)
  • Preference will be given to electronic materials that can be accessed remotely whenever possible and practical

Special Selection Criteria