118 Representative Documents: Policies and Procedures
Guiding Principles for Collection Management and Development
Guiding Principles for Collection Management and Development
The teaching, learning and research activities of UR faculty and students are at the center of our
Our current collections reflect the University's current courses, curriculum and research.
Our special collections support study, teaching and advanced research and document the history
of our University and community, guided by a policy available online.
We base our decisions on evidence from the University's Office of Institutional Research:
o enrollment and faculty size
o research grants
o external standards and trends
We actively manage our collections, aiming to strike a balance between well planned collection
development, curation and demand driven acquisitions.
The reading and research practices of our community are changing as more books and resources
are published online. We recognize that print materials continue to be important for some
disciplines, even as readers discover new formats.
We steward our print collections with care, acquiring and retaining only one copy unless demand
requires more.
We are mindful of the costs of maintaining and preserving physical and digital collections.
We are committed to the ongoing assessment and adaptation of our strategy and procedures.
We look for opportunities to collaboratively collect and share collections/resources within the
Libraries, with University partners and beyond.
We actively support deep collaborative relationships with faculty and with student groups
regarding our collections.
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