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Collection Development Policy Statement: Browsing

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

Relationships with other resources

Occasionally serious and timely books can be selected from the approval shelves to go to Browsing before it goes to Main or its final location. Permission from the bibliographer in charge of the relevant fund will be sought.

In general, Browsing houses popular titles that have some research value in addition to popular appeal, such as science for the lay person, history of science, mysteries, science fiction, and biographies of marginal historical personages who have stimulated the popular imagination (e.g., royalty, entertainers, and sports figures). More and more, and since there is the 1098 approval plan that includes the NYT Best-sellers, titles suitable for Browsing come automatically via that plan.

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