The Collection Development Policy guides the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of library materials within current fiscal restraints and resource sharing opportunities. This policy is aligned with the mission, values and strategic initiatives of the Library and the College.
The Butte College Library is committed to providing quality information resources and services that meet the curriculum needs of our students. The Library also assists in fulfilling the diverse information needs of our entire college community and is committed to a culture of lifelong learning.
The Library's collections support the College's mission of preparing its students to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. The collections help prepare our students for life-long learning through mastery of basic skills, achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.
The Butte Community College Library upholds the principles of the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" statement. (Appendix A.)
The Library strives to select materials representing many sides of various issues without endorsing any positions. Our goal is to provide materials representing diverse viewpoints to support the College’s academic offerings and to suit the diverse backgrounds of our students, faculty, and staff.
Some materials we acquire may present topics, perspectives, or viewpoints considered controversial by certain groups or individuals. If users have a complaint regarding library materials, they may fill out a "Request for Reconsideration" form located at the reference desk or online at the Library Web site (Appendix B.) The Library Director, in consultation with Butte College librarians, will review the form and make a decision regarding the challenged material. The complainant will receive a written copy of the decision.
Responsibility for Selection
The Butte College librarians are responsible for selecting materials in their assigned subject areas and for planning and maintaining the overall quality and balance of the collection. Librarians use a variety of selection tools, including professional library literature, and welcome suggestions for purchase from faculty, staff and students. The Library Director makes the final decision about all purchases.
The first priority is to provide students with items that support curricular instruction. Materials supporting specific courses take precedence, and materials supporting standard academic subjects in a broader way have secondary priority. General interest reading materials are purchased at a lower priority level. The library does not purchase textbooks or audiovisual materials for use in Butte College courses.
To best maximize funding, librarians follow a set of general criteria for selection of materials which supports the curriculum, promotes lifelong learning, and models sustainability. Materials are purchased based on multiple criteria including, but not limited to: lasting value; accuracy; currency or timeliness; credentials of the author, issuing body, or publisher; need in relevant curricular areas; and suitability of the work to the teaching and learning process.
Recommendations for Purchase
The Library encourages all users (faculty, staff, and students) to recommend materials for purchase by the Library. The Library also encourages instructors to incorporate print and digital library materials into their course instruction. Recommendation for Purchase forms are available at the reference desk or online at the Library Web site (Appendix C).
Gifts of Donated Materials
The Library adheres to the Butte College Gifts Policy.
The Library welcomes donated materials that support the teaching, research, and general needs of the College community. The Library reserves the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to the use of donated items. The Library review will include:
Materials found to be suitable for the collection are cataloged and placed in the appropriate Library collection for use by the campus community. The Library may offer materials that are not suitable for the collection to other academic or public libraries, trade items for materials the Library can use, place the items in the Library's book sale, recycle or discard them.
Librarians and staff will not assign a tax value to donations.
In order to maintain a relevant and up-to-date collection, the Library periodically evaluates sections of the collection to identify items to withdraw. Items are withdrawn due to condition, lack of use, or because they contain outdated or incorrect information. Items may be replaced, either by a new copy or edition of the same work, or by another more recent work that is similar. Replacement is determined on a case-by-case basis. When subjects are no longer relevant to the curriculum they are not replaced.
Revision and review
This and other library policies shall be reviewed every 3 years in order to stay current with the changing needs of the college and the rapid transformation of delivery methods for information resources.
Policy adopted January 2011
Policy reviewed: ___________
Policy revised: ____________
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
Adopted June 18, 1948
Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980
Inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996
by the ALA Council.
Butte College librarians are responsible for selection and evaluation of library resources. Reconsideration procedures have been established to address concerns about those resources. If you wish to request reconsideration of library resources, please return the completed form to the Library Director, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA 95965.
Do you represent: Yourself? ____ An organization? ____
Resource on which you are commenting:
____ Book ____ Video ____ Display
____ Newspaper ____ Electronic information/network (please specify)
____ Other ___________________________
Revised by the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee
June 27, 1995
The Butte College Library welcomes recommendations from its users for book and journal purchases.
While there is no timeline for how long it will take to order, receive, and process a new item, you can check our new books page to see if the item has been purchased. The page is updated monthly.
If you are a faculty instructor and would like to recommend several books, please request a print form at the reference desk or go to www.butte.edu/library for a printable form you can send via intercampus mail.
Author (Last name, First name) (required): ________________________________________________________
Complete Title (required): ______________________________________________________________________
Place of Publication: __________________________________________________________________________
Year of Publication: ___________
Reason for recommending the book, (how the book will support the curriculum, etc.):
Requester Information (required):
Today's Date (mm/dd/yyyy): _______________
Are you: ____Faculty / Staff ____Student (Student ID Number: ___________________)
Phone Number: __________________________________________________________