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Library Collection Guidelines

Library Collection Guidelines

In general, Texas A&M University Central Texas University Library collects scholarly books, journals, multimedia, and newspapers. These materials have top priority in our collection development strategy. We also purchase material for a growing collection of juvenile and children's books in support of the University's Curriculum and Instruction courses. We are a Junior Library Guild member library.

Of secondary importance are popular books, software, magazines, and study materials, though we will purchase these materials when doing so adds significant value to our collection. We give priority to electronic material.

We focus on the following subject areas, and are expanding our collection accordingly: management, marketing, finance, economics, accounting, computer science, technology, technology writing, sociology, social work, psychology, counseling, political science, history, literature in English, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, film, mathematics, physics, military science, education, educational leadership, and aviation science. We have a particular interest in material in any area that deals with some aspect of military life. We are also interested in material related to Texas.

Our highest collection priorities are the information needs of TAMUCT faculty and students. Requests and suggestions are seriously considered when making collection decisions. We also use Resources for College Libraries, Bowker's Book Analysis Tool, Worldcat Collection Analysis, Choice Reviews, other academic reviews, and subject bibliographies to inform our collection development decisions.

We do not generally collect textbooks other than those used at TAMUCT, vanity press books, and extensive material for thesis work. We do not buy multiple copies of the same book unless there is a consistent, documented need. We hope to expand our collection to include textbooks in the next few years, though our current textbook holdings are usually limited to donations. We gratefully accept and appreciate any donations, though we may not add material that is damaged or that does not fit the scope of our collection.

If you have questions, or concerns, contact Bridgit McCafferty (bmccaffe@ct.tamus.edu), lead librarian for collection development and faculty liaison, or request library material.

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