In order to collect materials which will support the current curricular needs of SCC, the Library chooses resources based on the following selection criteria:
Books and Ebooks: In selecting books, the major emphasis is on acquiring new or current titles, although important retrospective titles may be acquired when appropriate for the collection. The Library will always attempt to obtain the latest edition of a title except in rare instances when an earlier edition may be preferred. In addition to the general selection criteria, E-book selections will be subject to the criteria for electronic resources. The following criteria may also be considered:
Newspapers: The Library subscribes to a number of local newspapers, national newspapers, and special interest papers. Limited back-files will be maintained for selected titles.
Reprints: Reprints may be purchased when that is the only method of acquiring an important title and no reasonable substitute is available.
Paperbacks: Hardbound books are preferred for their greater durability. Paperbacks may be purchased for topics that change rapidly, for books that are frequently updated and replaced, when duplicate copies of a particular book are needed, when demand is expected to be short-lived, when a hardcover is unavailable, or when the cost difference is substantial and the book is not expected to have heavy use.
Atlases: Atlases will be collected selectively to support general reference and research needs.
Pamphlets: The Library does not routinely acquire pamphlets. When, on occasion, such items are added, they will be cataloged and shelved with books.
Art works: The Library maintains an in-house, non-circulating collection of art works, which are on display throughout the Library.
Graphic Novels- Works of fiction or non-fiction presented as a combination of text and sequential images. Subject matter contained in graphic novels ranges from general fiction to adaptations of classic literature, biographies and memoirs, philosophy, religion, history and other areas of non-fiction. The Graphic Novels collection will focus on critically acclaimed and award-winning titles from a variety of genres and topics which support the curriculum of the college and the overall development and lifelong learning of students. Standard selection tools such as Library Journal and Booklist as well as graphic novel review websites will be used in choosing items for this collection. New titles will be purchased at the discretion of the Library and as funding allows. The physical Graphic Novels Collection will be labeled and shelved together rather than being interfiled in the main collection.
Musical scores: Musical scores or songbooks will be acquired only as necessary to represent areas such as musical or cultural history and will not be purchased as performance materials.
Videos: In choosing videos for the collection, the following will be considered in addition to the General Selection Criteria.
Electronic Resources (unique to SCC): For the purposes of this document, electronic resources include: databases, streaming media, ebooks, and e-periodicals
For complete details, see the SCC Library database selection rubric.