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Intellectual freedom policy

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech acquire only a small percentage of the world’s annual output of publications. In selecting materials for inclusion in our collections, we endeavor first to identify those resources which relate to university programs and support the university’s goals in research, teaching, and service. While disciplines and languages not taught at the university are represented selectively, the entire range of human cultural practice, scientific endeavor, and religious, political, ethnic, and social expression is welcome in our collections, insofar as representative materials may be acquired with available resources.

After acquiring library materials, our primary concern is with the accessibility of these materials. We are strongly committed to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and supporting documents in the ALA Policy Manual. This includes the rejection of practices that deny or restrict access to materials, or that involve the prejudicial labeling or rating of library materials. In accordance with intellectual freedom principles, University Libraries have chosen to protect selected items from theft and mutilation by placing on Reserve materials deemed to be most at risk. Here, these resources may be kept accessible, yet protected from theft and damage.

Approved Nov. 18, 2010

Contact us

Leslie O'Brien
Director of Collection Management
(540) 231-4945

Edward Lener
Associate Director of Collection Management 
(540) 231-9249

Tracy Gilmore
Collection Assessment Librarian
(540) 231-4956

Cynthia Schwartz
Collection Management Librarian
(540) 231-4802

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Collection Management mission

The mission of the Collection Management Department is to build and manage a collection offering the breadth and depth of subjects, formats, and languages necessary to support diverse fields of scholarly endeavor and to advance Virginia Tech's efforts to achieve excellence as a comprehensive land-grant university.