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Collection Development and Acquisitions

Did you find what you were looking for? We will be happy to purchase books and DVDs for the collection. Request materials that will support your classes or interests. We consider all purchase requests taking into account appropriateness to the collection and budget, but we would love your input.    

Please contact Vicky Ludwig at vludwig@wne.edu to request items.

Collection Development Mission Statement

D’Amour Library is committed to supporting the mission of Western New England University. Our purpose is to provide students with materials in several formats that will support the University’s goal to “bring multiple perspectives of understanding to help them achieve balance and flexibility as proactive solution seekers in the rapidly changing global environment.” The primary objective of the collection development activity at D’Amour Library is to build and maintain a library collection that supports the University’s curricula and that in every way fosters achievement, information literacy, and access to a range of information sources.

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Collection Description

The D’Amour Library, which opened in 1983, contains over 121,000 volumes housed on three floors.  The Library’s collection includes resources comprising a variety of formats including but not limited to print and electronic books and journals, online databases and periodical indexes, DVDs for both curriculum and leisure support, CDs, as well as University archival material housed in the Archive. The online catalog, WILDPAC, lists the holdings of the D’Amour Library as well as the Law Library. Both libraries use a common Innovative Interfaces software system. The library provides on-campus and off-campus access to numerous databases. In addition to the interdisciplinary EbscoHost and Gale databases, which access varieties of periodicals to support business programs, literature and multidisciplinary studies, there are more specialized databases, such as Criminal Justice Abstracts, LexisNexis, Mergent, Engineering Village, MarketResearch, and WestlawNext Campus Research. Due to consortia agreements, including titles provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, budget and price changes and changes in curriculum, databases may not remain the same year after year.  

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Acquisitions

D’Amour Library acquires materials for the collection in several formats. The Collection Development Librarian is responsible for the purchase of print monographs and ebooks, standing orders in print and digital format, and audiovisual materials, including DVDs, audiobooks, and streaming videos.  Collections of ejournals and online journal databases are primarily the responsibility of the Head of Access Services and Electronic Resources and the Library Director.

Regarding the purchase of both books and ebooks, as a general rule the library does not purchase the following:

  • Textbooks unless requested for Faculty Course Reserve
  • Workbooks and Answer books
  • More than one copy of a title unless specifically requested by faculty as reserve reading for a course.
  • Materials in foreign languages with the exception of foreign language dictionaries, books, and selected foreign language films to be read or viewed for a foreign language or film course.
  • CD-Roms
  • VHS tapes unless no DVD or other option exists.

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Gifts to D’Amour Library will be accepted at the discretion of the Library Director or Collection Development Librarian. Gifts made to the Library become the property of D’Amour Library. Decisions to add gifts will be based on the D’Amour Library Collection Development Policy, and the relevance of the material to the curriculum of Western New England University. Donated materials may be added to the collection, discarded, sold in book sales, or donated as deemed appropriate by the Director or Collection Development Librarian. D’Amour Library will not assign a value to any donations for tax purposes, but will send acknowledgment of the gift if requested. If the donation is to be added to the collection, the donor may also request a book plate to acknowledge their donation.  A gift of over four books must be approved before donation by the Collection Development Librarian or Director. All gifts must be accompanied by the D’Amour Library Donation Form which is available at the Circulation Desk.

D’Amour Library will not accept as gifts:

  • Textbooks more than 4 years old
  • Material deemed outdated
  • Items in poor condition, including mildew, water stains, and highlighting or underlining.
  • Periodicals and popular magazines.
  • Vinyl records, CDs or videocassettes
  • Items that duplicate existing holdings
  • Gifts with restricted conditions

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Theses and Dissertations

D’Amour Library maintains one hard bound copy of Western New England University doctoral dissertations. Additionally a password protected digital copy is made available in the Library holdings via the online catalog. The Library maintains one spiral bound copy of master’s theses and makes a digital copy available in the online catalog. These dissertations and theses are housed in the University Archives.

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Copyright

D’Amour Library complies fully with the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) for all acquisitions and reserve materials, and promotes copyright compliance among its staff and users.   

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Weeding

In order to maintain a collection that is current, reliable, in good condition and well used, and which relates to the needs and interests of the University, materials are withdrawn on an ongoing basis. Materials are discarded when they are judged to be dated, inaccurate, seldom used, or in poor condition. Duplicate copies of a book may be discarded to make room for new books.  Weeding guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Superseded textbooks
  • Duplicate copies of a book
  • Obviously worn or tattered, highlighted or underlined.
  • Outdated or inaccurate materials
  • Unused or no recent circulations

Special weeding projects may be undertaken in order to make room for new material, shift the current collection, or as needed.

January 26, 2016