The primary objective of collection development is to support the educational curriculum of American Baptist College. When selecting material for acquisition the following criteria are considered. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Library Director at (615) 687-6918 for information about requesting material for purchase. As a general rule the Library does not purchase textbooks.
Collection development criteria:
Materials deselection (also known as "weeding") is an important part of collection development, helping to ensure that library resources stay current and meet the information needs of the College’s students, faculty, and staff. The deselection process is consultative, usually involving the Library Director and faculty. However, the Susie McClure Libraries may deselect materials at its own professional discretion and based on collective librarian input.
It is in everyone's best interest for the Susie McClure Libraries to notify relevant academic units that a deselection project is underway involving particular area(s) of the collection.
The following criteria inform all deselection decisions. These criteria are used in combination and no single criterion has priority over the others.
Items pulled from the shelves are moved to a temporary holding area for additional review by the library director and faculty prior to deselection. Once the review process has occurred, deselected items may be recycled, donated, sold, or otherwise handled at the discretion of the Susie McClure Library.