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Collection management policies

  • E-preferred monograph acquisitions (ebook) policy

    Mirroring the progression of our print journal collection practices into an epreferred journal policy, monograph acquisitions will be guided by epreferred principles.  Ebooks will reinforce university's elearning and distance learning initiatives by enhancing accessibility, availability, and functionality. As we move towards a more accessible ecollection, we will continue to acquire print monographs as needed based on certain exceptions.

  • E-preferred subscription policy

    We prefer online journals where possible to increase accessibility to library resources and to save money and shelf space. Print journal subscriptions are generally maintained only if certain criteria are met.

  • Federal documents overview and collection use policy

    We have a strong documents collection including long runs of agency annual reports, complete sets of agricultural series, and strong collections in education, health, business, transportation, military history, and census. In addition, the libraries have purchased microform backup sets of the United States Congressional Serial Set, Congressional publications, Census records, and statistical publications. The libraries purchase the necessary commercial indexes, including an online version of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and other electronic indexes to provide access to our collections.

  • How to donate books or other materials

    We ask that donors work with us in advance to ensure that we accept only needed items. Please contact Ed Lener, Assistant Director of Collection Management (540-231-9249) as much in advance of your intended donation as possible. We may ask that you compile an inventory of the proposed gifts or allow a subject specialist from the libraries to visit and select items.
  • Intellectual freedom policy

    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, we have chosen to protect selected items by placing on Reserve materials deemed to be most at risk. Here, these resources may be kept accessible, yet protected from theft and damage.
  • Quick guide to Library Approval Plans

    In addition to the many books that are selected individually by subject librarians, we maintain a set of approval plans with Yankee Book Peddler (YPB) and select other vendors. These agreements provide for the automatic receipt of new materials in print and electronic form matching the libraries' predetermined specifications, which consist of publisher lists, subject profiles, and other parameters governing academic level, edition, language and price. The YBP plans also serve to identify new ebook titles which are made accessible as part of library initiatives in the area of demand driven acquisitions. Our publisher lists include US and British university presses, along with numerous trade publishers, and scholarly and scientific societies.

  • Service policy for access to government information in electronic format

    We are dedicated to the ideals of Title 44 USC to provide free use to federal government publications, regardless of format, to the general public.

  • University Libraries collection policy on de-selection

    De-selection of library materials is the process of removing items from the collection and is essential for the maintenance of an active, academically useful library collection. Subject specialists are responsible for conducting an ongoing de-selection effort in their designated disciplines and for maintaining the quality of the collection. Benefits to be gained through de-selection include an increase in the availability of space for collections and services, and a higher proportion of relevant materials on the shelves for the use of the university community.

Contact us

  •     Leslie O'Brien
  • Leslie C O'Brien
  • Director, Collections & Technical Services
  • 540-231-4945
  • 6150 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  •     Ed Lener
  • Edward F Lener
  • Associate Director for Collection Management
  • (540) 231-9249
  • (540) 231-2612 (Derring office)
  • 4030 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    3066A Derring Hall, 1405 Perry St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24062

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