Walden University Library Collection Policies
Walden University Library's collection decisions are based on analysis of the immediate and anticipated information needs of the Library's users, with the primary goal of serving the vision and mission of Walden University. The Library selects, makes available, evaluates, and as necessary, divests the collection of, intellectual content. The Library serves a community of learners with a broad range of interests and prior educational experiences. Library resources also include a limited variety of general information resources in subject areas of general interest, but not directly related to the degree programs served. For those members of the Walden University Library user community whose scholarly or research needs are beyond the scope of Library's collections, the Library will provide assistance to the individual in obtaining needed materials in accordance with the Library’s Document Delivery Service policy. Walden University Library supports the following policy statements by the American Library Association:
Selection of materials by the library does not imply endorsement of the contents or the views expressed in those materials. No material will be excluded from the collection because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint or controversial nature of either the author or of the materials.
Library staff make final decisions as to licensing content for the users, based on requests from the user community and trial access to the resource, with a minimum of thirty days for feedback to be submitted via the online survey. Faculty may be consulted as needed, but in particular when a new program of study is being planned, when a new accreditation is sought by a program, or when a course is revised, faculty and subject matter experts will be consulted, and may initiate the trial and planning stages of the process. Library staff welcome and encourage suggestions from faculty, staff, students, and curriculum design and development staff. Should an academic department elect to purchase its own content for the use of specific user groups, the library will assist the program at all points of the decision-making process, including suggesting alternative sources, obtaining, mounting and running trials and gathering feedback, vendor negotiation, contracts and licensing, and making the source available, as needed.
Librarians base licensing and purchasing decisions on the needs of known assignments/courses/programs, suggestions from faculty and students, and current industry review sources to choose materials for purchase. To meet the needs of the college community, the librarians will:
Other than the objectives stated above, the library staff takes other factors into consideration when selecting materials for the collection.
These criteria include:
In general, the criteria used for selection are to be applied when considering material for withdrawal or cancelation. In addition, other criteria when evaluating materials for withdrawal or cancelation may include:
Final decisions to withdraw or cancel are made by Library staff.