Collection Development

Materials Selection

Faculty members participate in the material purchase process by recommending purchases by title or subject. Recommendations are for materials that are housed in the library’s general circulating collection as opposed to the reserve collection. Serial or database subscriptions are made possible by cancelling existing subscriptions.

Material De-selection

In order to maintain a current useful collection and a healthy physical environment and to provide space for newly-acquired library materials, Cameron University librarians engage in an ongoing process of de-selection of library materials. With the exception of severely damaged books or books, the library retains all items published within the previous ten years and those that have circulated during the previous ten years.


The Library accepts gifts of materials or funds provided there are no restrictions attached. Materials must be in good condition, contain accurate information, and either relate to Cameron programs and course content or help meet community reading needs. Sufficient shelf space must be available to store material gifts. Monetary gifts should be made to the Cameron University Foundation with the understanding that the gift is to be used for library purchases. The Library cannot appraise gifts.

Material Format Considerations

Books - Current publications are given purchase priority over retrospective publications. Titles written in foreign languages are acquired in cases of established need or probable use. Variant editions, new editions and multiple copies of the same edition may be acquired in cases of documented need.

Theses and Dissertations - The library accepts donations of theses and dissertations authored by Cameron students and faculty or staff members. The library normally does not acquire theses or dissertations authored by persons not affiliated with Cameron.

Non-print materials - Selection of non-print materials, electronic media, and multimedia should meet the Library’s general collection development objectives. Consideration should be given to the availability of appropriate presentation hardware for the various formats.

Maps - Maps comprise a very small part of the collection. Addition of map-type material normally will be made in the form of atlases.

Music scores - A score collection serves the music study needs of soloists, chamber ensembles and small performance groups. Collections maintained by the Music Department meet band and orchestra needs.

Textbooks - Librarians do not attempt to purchase required Cameron course textbooks.

Serials - Serials should meet curriculum needs and have a reasonable projected level of use by library patrons. Periodicals should be indexed, preferably in indexes held or used by Cameron Library. Periodicals that are not indexed are purchased occasionally to support specific course or program objectives. Periodicals in full text electronic format are preferred.

Periodical indexes and abstracts - On-line full text databases are preferred over paper subscriptions.

Newspapers - Efforts will be made to subscribe to newspapers that represent the local and state geographical area. National and international newspapers will be selected based on outstanding and significant contributions to national and international thinking.

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