Collections Development Policy
The collections development policy outlines the principles and guidelines that Ball State University Libraries follow in the selection and acquisition of library materials. The purpose of the policy is to provide consistency among the individuals responsible for collection development and to communicate the library policy to faculty, staff, students, and the community. Ball State University Libraries select materials primarily for the students, faculty, and staff of the university to support their curricular, instructional, research, and program needs.
Ball State University Libraries support the American Library Association’s Bill Of Rights, Freedom To Read Statement, and the American Film and Video Association’ s Freedom to View Statement. Ball State University Libraries have adopted sections of the Library Bill of Rights applicable to collection development as approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors. The general principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights form an indispensable framework for building collections, services, and policies that serve the entire academic community.
Ball State University Libraries follow the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries. A strong intellectual freedom perspective is critical to the development of academic library collections and services that dispassionately meet the education and research needs of a college or university community. The purpose of this statement is to outline how and where intellectual freedom principles fit into an academic library setting, thereby raising consciousness of the intellectual freedom context within which academic librarians’ work.
Selection Responsibilities and Guidelines
Selection of materials for Ball State University Libraries is carried out cooperatively by members of the teaching and research faculty and Collections Development librarians. Each academic department appoints a departmental library representative to review and approve departmental order requests and to act as a selected library liaison with Collections Development personnel. Academic departments select materials based on their annual library materials allocation and communicate their needs to Collections Development regarding areas of subject specialty, new and discontinued programs, and other information relevant to construct a programmatic plan of collection development.
Collections Development librarians are responsible for establishing and revising the approval plan profile in coordination with academic departments to ensure that coverage corresponds to current curricular and research needs. They select and reject materials sent on the approval plan and make selections from book reviews, bibliographies, publishers’ catalogs, and notices to develop the collections.