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Collection Development Policy Statement: Business

Collection Management Issues

    1. Duplicate copies
      • Duplicate copies are usually not purchased. However, the Popular Business Collection does have a few duplications with the Main Library if it is a popular book.
      • Duplicate copies in the collection should be weeded, unless usage is very high.
      • Duplicate copies located in Main should be weeded from Business especially if it is older material, unless usage is high.
    2. Replacements

Decisions about replacements are made on case-by-case basis.

    1. Preservation

The preservation policies of the MSU Libraries are incorporated into the collection maintenance activities of the business bibliographers.

    1. Gifts

Materials are accepted with the understanding that most items received may not be added to the collection. The library reserves the right to dispose of unneeded materials by sale, as giveaways, or as an exchange or gift to other libraries. A donor may be asked to list journal titles and volumes so that the library can check holdings before accepting journals. The following types of material are normally not accepted: outdated textbooks, paperbacks, older material, and books in poor condition. Donors are encouraged to discuss potential donations directly with a librarian prior to bringing gifts to the library.

    1. Reviewing

Through appropriate collection renewal activities, including deselection, relocation and replacement, the collection is regularly reviewed.

    1. Textbooks

Textbooks are not purchased.

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