PURPOSE: The primary mission of Trident Technical College’s Learning Resources Centers is to provide resources to support the curricula and instructional and programs at TTC.
The following guidelines identify specific procedures to ensure the involvement of the campus community; to maintain a balanced, responsive print collection; and to ensure equitable budgetary distribution.
Librarians assume primary responsibility for expediting the ordering, evaluation and organization of the print collection. Recommendation of materials for purchase is the joint responsibility of faculty, staff, and librarians. Librarians work closely with faculty and staff to advise them of available resources and to solicit their recommendations. Faculty and staff may also request purchases by using the LRC Materials Request Form located on the LRC web page. Student suggestions will also be considered. Librarians make appropriate selection guides and catalogs available to faculty and staff. Semi-annually, in September and February, librarians contact faculty and staff to solicit their recommendations. Faculty and staff may also request purchases throughout the year by using the LRC Materials Request Form.
The LRC gives priority to materials that provide support for instructional programs.
- BUDGET DISTRIBUTION
For each type of material, the LRC allocates funds based on prior spending; supported programs used by students in program areas; accreditation requirements; maintenance of currency; and strengths or weaknesses in the present collection.
- Major emphasis is on purchasing current books that support the curricula and instructional programs. The library refrains from purchasing and cataloging textbooks except when they provide a good, general introduction to a topic and are the best sources available.
- No materials are excluded from the collection because of race, religion, nationality or political views of the author, language, or the controversial content of an item. Endorsement or disapproval of an individual or group will not cause an item to be automatically excluded.
- For greater durability, hardbound editions are generally the preferred format. Paperbacks are purchased for topics that change rapidly, when duplicate copies are needed, if a hardcover is unavailable, if the title requires frequent replacement, or if the paperbound appears to be a better value. The library may decide to bind paperbacks.
- Criteria used to select individual titles include:
- review in professional literature
- authors reputation and significance
- scarcity of material on the subject
- timeliness or permanence of the title, database
- appearance of the title in special indices and bibliographies
- reputation of the publisher or producer
- faculty recommendation
- support curriculum
The College defines online resources as online and remotely accessible collections of information which includes, but is not limited to databases and electronic books.
The selection of electronic resources is the responsibility of the librarians working in coordination with faculty and staff.
The primary criteria for the selection of online products are the extent to which they are relevant to the curriculum, improve the overall library collection, and assessable remotely. Additionally, the LRC considers:
- compatibility of the resources with the College's infrastructure
- licensing/contracts and cost
- user friendly
- LICENSING AND COPYRIGHT
The LRC complies with the Copyright Act of 1976 and subsequent revisions and vendor licensing agreements which follow the Association for Research Libraries Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources.
The LRC evaluates its databases annually, paying particular attention to the needs of the TTC community.
The LRC purchases serials to support the curriculum and general research needs of the student, to support the professional growth of the faculty by providing current information in their subject disciplines, and to provide a limited collection of general and leisure reading.
The LRC staff evaluates the following before including or maintaining a title:
- relevance to the curriculum
- available indexing
- full-text availability
- electronic access
The LRC purchases materials that provide support for professional development and program planning that are in line with the institution’s stated goals and objectives.
The LRC generally does not purchase popular fiction. Newspapers are purchased to provide local, metropolitan, national, and international news coverage. Their retention depends on availability of space, microform and usage. Additional news articles are available through LRC online resources.
Most back issues of titles are available in the LRC online databases.
The LRC evaluates gifts in the same manner as purchased items, and disposes of gifts that do not comply with LRC objectives and policies. The LRC does not appraise gifts for tax purposes.