Newspaper and it’s selection policy in Library

Newspaper definition:
A Newspaper is a regular scheduled publication, containing news, information and advertising etc. Newspaper publishes a wide variety of materials, including political events, crime news, business, entertainment, society and culture, sports, food, review technology news and so on.

Typically, a newspaper meets four criteria:

  1. Publicity: It’s contents are reasonably accessible to the public.
  2. Periodicity: It is published at regular intervals.
  3. Up-to-date: It’s information are up-to-date.
  4. Universality: It covers a wide range of topics.


Usefulness of Newspapers on library:
Usually’ a person starts his day with a newspaper. In the perspective of library, its need knows no bounds. The usefulness may be as follow:

  1. Newspaper provides current and up-to-date information in most of all topics.
  2. It keeps the readers up-to-date on current happenings.
  3. It is considered as a dependable media of real fact on national and international stages.
  4. Book reviews, which published in a newspaper, can help the librarians a little bit to  select the appropriate materials for the library.
  5. Sometimes it is considered as a recreational element.


Selection Policies of Newspapers in Library:
There is no any specific rules and regulations to select a newspaper for a library.

  1. The objectives of a library must be focuses.
  2. Readers choices should be considered.
  3. Controversial collection should not be allowed.

Md. Ashikuzzaman

Work at North South University Library, Bangladesh.

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