Various steps of Library collection development policy:
Library collection development policies usually consist of the following selection and are organized in the following order:
- Introduction: This explains why the policy has been written and by whom. It also describes the community that is to be served.
- philosophy and goals: The objectives of the library and its parent institution are set forth here.
- Selection statement: At this point, various subject fields must be considered. Such as: comprehensive, research, study, basic, minimal, age language, special formats and budgetary limitation.
- Problem areas: These usually includes the followings: duplications of materials and number of copies purchased, replacement of worn-out or lost items, binding and handling of desiderata.
- Special format: This section usually deals with non-book formats such: periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, micro-print and the myriad types of audio-visual materials.
- Gifts: It is hoped that the library will decide to apply the same standards for selection of gift materials that applies for purchased materials.
- Weeding: It must be decided what is to be weeded and how material is to be disposed off.
- Intellectual freedom: The most important part of this section is a detailed plan by the governing board. such as: how complaints are to be handled and what is to be done when the library is the subject of a campaign by an individual or group to have materials removed from its shelves.
- Revision: Periodic revision and updating are much simpler than rewriting the policy after a long period of inattention.