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Collection Development Policy


The library's book collection will be reviewed on an as needed basis to ensure that it is meeting the current curriculum, educational, scholarship, and informational needs of students, faculty, and staff. Materials that no longer meet the needs of the college community may be withdrawn from the collection. The library’s deselection process ensures the professional and responsible removal of material from the collection. In addition, the deselection process is collaborative, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. The library will consult with the campus community prior to the permanent removal of material from the collection. The following criteria should be considered when identifying material for deselection:   

  • Circulation history   
  • In-house use   
  • Acquisition date   
  • Last check in date    
  • Publication date   
  • Availability at other SUNY libraries   
  • Availability in digital format   
  • Citation counts   
  • Listed in core lists/subject bibliographies   
  • Listed in Choice as Outstanding Academic Title   
  • Local author   
  • Local subject matter   
  • Value to college curriculum/campus users   
  • Significance to the discipline   
  • Value as primary source    
  • Value representing diverse perspectives    
  • Physical condition   
  • Duplicate copies