Guide to Collection Development
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Collection Development is the function that selects the books, periodicals, and electronic resources to be made available to Library users and the campus community.
In its Collection Development activities, the Library respects the principles of intellectual freedom espoused in two American Library Association documents, the
Library Bill of Rights and the
Freedom to Read Statement.
The responsibility for developing the Library's information and bibliographic resources is divided among the Library faculty based on subject knowledge and experience. Department Library Coordinators are named from among the faculty in the Colleges to serve as liaisons for their Departments with the Library Faculty Liaisons. Working together, they strive to provide information resources which meet the needs of the campus community.
The Library faculty have developed a set of Collection
Development Guidelines which define the levels and scope of collection
development for all CSULA disciplines.
Faculty who have questions or comments about the Library's Collection Development activities should consult the appropriate individuals on the list of
College, Departmental, & Program Library Liaisons.
How to Recommend New Titles for the Library to Acquire
Anyone in the CSULA community can recommend that a new book be purchased by the Library. Although the Library reserves the right to make all decisions on what to purchase, it will try to fulfill as many appropriate requests as possible, budget permitting. Requested books should be academic in nature, support the curriculum, and be reasonably priced. Popular or highly specialized titles are of lower priority. Priority will always be given to curricular needs over other pursuits.
Use this Online Form
to submit your recommendation(s).
Faculty should submit
requests via an email to their Library Liaison. Please be sure to let the librarian know if your requested item is to be placed on reserve
in the library.
Donating Materials to the Library
The University Library accepts donations of materials which fall
within the scope of our Donation Guidelines (below). While we appreciate
our patronís interest in supporting the library with donations, the review and
processing of gift books can be quite costly and is therefore limited.
Gifts - Books
Generally, current non-fiction books which fall within the scope of
the current CSULA curriculum are the most appropriate materials to donate for
the collection of the University Library.
With few exceptions, the
following types of material will
not be added to the
are outside the CSULA curriculum
Textbooks not in use
earlier editions of titles owned by the library (unless they're high use
titles or in pristine condition)
Material in very poor
physical condition and/or beyond repair
(e.g., superseded legal or medical materials)
Media materials in
formats not collected by the library (i.e. audio cassettes, 8mm & 16mm
films, L.P. records, VHS videocassettes, etc.)
periodicals & short-runs or individual copies of journals
publications in languages not included in the CSULA curriculum
Faculty who feel that their donation has special merit should
consult with the appropriate liaison on the list of College,
Departmental, & Program Library Liaisons.
Upon receipt, materials donated to the Library become the property of the
University. Gifts are assumed to be given without condition; any
conditions placed upon an offered gift must be negotiated before delivery.
The Library reserves all rights to determine addition to the collection or disposal of gifts. Items not added to the collection may be given to other libraries, sold to raise money to purchase other items, or given away for free to patrons at the Cal State LA Library. If you have any questions about donations of books to the library please contact Matthew Prutsman.
Appraisal of Value
Upon request, an
acknowledgment of a donation will be sent to the donor several weeks after its
receipt. The acknowledgment confirms the gift only -- It
is not an inventory and does not place a value on the gift for tax or other
purposes. We are not qualified to provide tax advice, and it is considered a
conflict of interest for the library to appraise the gifts we receive.
Appraisals, if desired, must be conducted by a third party prior to the delivery
of the gift.
If an acknowledgment is desired provide a filled out copy of the Gift Book Acknowledgement Form at the time you drop off the gift books at the Library or fill out a form at the time of drop off.
All gift donations
must be delivered to the Library. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to
Gifts of less than 100 items may be left at the Circulation Desk or the
Reference Desk 1st Floor, Library North. Gifts
of more than 100 volumes must first be reviewed by a Library representative prior to
Gifts - Periodicals
Anyone interested in subscribing to a journal on behalf of the
Library should contact Andrew Shroyer.
Subscription prices for institutions are often much higher than they are for
Gifts - Archival or Special Collections
Proposed gifts of archival-type material (i.e. files, personal
papers, manuscripts, rare books, ephemera, etc.), should be directed to Azalea Camacho.
Gifts - Monetary & Other Donations
For inquiries concerning other kinds of donations, such as monetary
contributions, endowment funding, bequests, and gifts of art, furniture,
equipment, etc. see Gifts & Giving