Selection Criteria


Acquisition priorities are outlined in the Shasta College Board of Trustees-approved selection policy, BP 4040.  Library materials should:

1.   Support the curriculum with resource materials to supplement the classroom experience.
2.   Help further the development of college students intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
3.   Provide reference and resource materials for the entire adult community of Shasta, Tehama & Trinity Counties.

The following criteria are considered when deciding to add materials to the collection.  These questions are asked whether we purchase the material or are considering a gift to the collection.

 1.    Does the material contribute to the curriculum?
 2.    Does it offer resource material to faculty, students, or the adult community?
 3.    Is the format suitable? (Books should be attractive; pagination should be legible  with adequate margins on good quality paper, etc. Avoid “orphan” formats like beta for videos.)
 4.    Is the subject matter valid, accurate, and applicable to undergraduate work?
 5.    Does the material have literary merit?
 6.    Is the material consistent with the maturity level of community college students?
 7.    Will it appeal to the persons for whom it is intended?
 8.    Is additional material of this type needed in the Library at this time?
 9.    Will it be utilized to its full potential?
 10.   Is the material up-to-date?
 11.   Does it provide for the varied educational interests of a student, or tend to develop and enrich his life?
 12.   Is the material of lasting value?
 13.   Does it maintain a balance and proportion to the Library collection as a whole?
 14.   Is it available from another local source?
 15.   Is the price in line with the quality of material presented and with what the Library can afford?
 16.   Is the author competent and qualified in his field?

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