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Faculty Participation in Collection Development

Purpose of the collection

The Gould Library collection supports the college's diverse programs of learning and teaching. Collection scope and depth reflect the curriculum of the college, directly supporting the teaching programs of each department, and enabling students to conduct comps research. Even an exceptional undergraduate collection cannot support faculty research, but we attempt to do so to the extent possible in a college library. Carleton's library collection is necessarily supplemented by an active interlibrary loan service, available to faculty, students and staff

Purpose of this online brochure

Responsibility for building the collection is shared by the faculty and the collection development librarian. The following guidelines serve as an overview of the ways in which faculty participate in collection development, including:

  1. Selecting books using funds allocated to each department
  2. Participating in a biennial review of journals
  3. Recommending e-resources

Each is elaborated briefly in the following sections.

Questions, concerns, and suggestions about the collection are always welcome. Please contact Brad Schaffner at x4267, bschaffn@carleton.edu, for questions relating to developing the  Library's General Collections or Kristi Wermager at x4273, kwermage@carleton.edu for questions related to developing the Library's Special Collections.