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Collection Development

The Collection Development Policy is intended to guide the selection, evaluation, and de-selection of print, audiovisual, and electronic materials for the collection. It is meant to provide a written statement of the Library's objectives in building its collection and to communicate library policy to students, faculty, staff, and administrators as well as guide librarians in their collection development decisions.

Mission and Vision | Guiding Principles | Library Mission and Vision | Scope | Intellectual Freedom | Copyright | Responsibility for Selection | General Selection Criteria | Gifts | Weeding/Deselection | Cooperative Collection Agreements | Liaison with User Groups | Recommendations | Reconsideration

Mission and Vision

Lansing Community College exists so that the people it serves have learning and enrichment opportunities to improve their quality of life and standard of living. The College's vision is to serve the learning needs of a changing community.

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LCC Guiding Principles

The College adheres to twelve guiding principles. LCC will be a "Comprehensive Community College" focused upon offering learning opportunities in four areas: career and workforce development, general education, developmental education, and personal enrichment.

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Library Mission and Vision

The mission of LCC Library is to empower the LCC community to learn, teach, and discover. The Library's vision is to impact every student, every time.

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Scope of the Collection

In general, the focus of the collection is on introductory works and materials that supplement the college curriculum and present a general survey, with an emphasis on works aimed at lower division undergraduates. Works outside this scope are considered if they meet curricular needs or support program accreditation.

The library collection reflects multiple formats that maximize access to content and address the needs of different learning styles. Increased emphasis is being placed on electronic resources which can be accessed on and off campus.

With the exception of required textbooks for core courses, the Library prefers to supplement course materials, rather than buy material required for courses. Departments and programs are encouraged to provide course-specific materials for the Library's course reserve service.

Since the focus of the collection is on supplementing the college curriculum, the library collection does not support faculty research. However, faculty are welcome to work with library staff to secure research materials via interlibrary loan (ILL), Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat), and appropriate referrals to other area libraries.

LCC fosters cultural diversity and critical thinking and the library collection reflects cultural diversity and multiple controversial points of view.

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Intellectual Freedom

Because access to a variety of viewpoints is essential to the development of critical thinking, the LCC Library supports the American Library Association's Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement.

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The Library complies with the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Responsibility for Selection

All librarians share the responsibility for the selection of materials (print or electronic). The Manager of Technical Services & Systems provides overall management and coordination of selection and acquisition activities, including deselection of outdated materials and collection assessment projects.

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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, or inter-library loan (ILL)
  • Preference will be given to electronic materials that can be accessed remotely whenever possible and practical

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The Library accepts donated materials and will add them to the collection when they meet collection development criteria for purchased materials. Materials that are not added to the collection may be placed in the Library's annual used materials sale, the Big Book Bash.

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Weeding or deselection is the process of removing materials from the library collection in a systematic and deliberate way in order to maintain a current, viable, and useful collection that serves the curricular needs of the College. Weeding is a dynamic and ongoing process and the following factors are used to determine when materials should be removed from the collection:

  • Superseded editions
  • Duplicate copies
  • Age and physical condition of the book
  • Frequency of circulation
  • Obsolescence of content
  • Presence of other books on the subject matter
  • Removal of a program from the curriculum
  • Inclusion of titles in recognized bibliographic sources

Librarians with assigned areas of collection development responsibilities are primarily responsible for weeding materials in their assigned area.

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Cooperative Collection Agreements

The Library supplements the information resources that are available to its users by participating in various cooperative agreements. The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) program provides access to print monographs and journal articles available from libraries within Michigan and elsewhere. MeLCat provides access to both print and multimedia resources statewide. Both of these services are available for free to all students, faculty, and staff of LCC.

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Liaison with User Groups

Library staff endeavor to promote close working relationships with LCC departments and programs. Faculty librarian liaisons are assigned to specific course subject areas to work collaboratively with teaching faculty, serve as a department's first point of contact for information about library resources and services, and select materials to support curricula.

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Recommendations for new or additional library materials from LCC students, faculty, and staff are accepted and encouraged. Requests can be made electronically by submitting a Library Materials Request Form.

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If a library user finds an item objectionable and wishes to have it removed from the collection, the user may ask that title be reconsidered. The following process has been developed for reconsideration of library materials:

  1. The person making a request for reconsideration submits a Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources.
  2. The Library Director assigns the request to the Library Reconsideration Committee for review.
  3. The Library Reconsideration Committee reviews the request and submits a written recommendation to the Director.
  4. The Director makes a decision and notifies the person making the request.

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