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Library Resource Development Policy

The TRU Library resource development goal is to maximize ready access to information sources which support the TRU curriculum, organizing them in a way that encourages use. The information resources will be found in collections consisting of print, media and electronic resources housed in the TRU Library buildings, or available using technologies and networks to link users with sources of information.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to facilitate the selection of any item for the library collection:

  1. Appropriateness for use in any of the following educational programs at TRU.
  2. Potential for use by one or more areas of study.
  3. Strengths and weaknesses of the existing collection relating to current needs of the TRU instructional program.
  4. Availability or scarcity of material published on a particular subject.
  5. Recommendation by TRU faculty.
  6. Favourable review in reputable reviewing sources and/or inclusion in bibliographies or other selection aids.
  7. Reputation and significance of the author.
  8. Reputation and standards of the publisher.
  9. Price.
  10. Availability and cost of electronic access.
  11. Physical quality and format.

It is not the intention that any one of these criteria takes precedence over the others.

Periodicals selection

The selection of periodicals requires the library to commit on a long term basis to costs of acquisition, processing, storage, circulation and in some cases, binding. In view of the rapidly growing number of periodicals being published and of their escalating costs, a high degree of selectivity is necessary. Requests for new periodicals must be justified thoroughly. Furthermore, all periodicals are subject to annual re-evaluation. The following criteria, in addition to those mentioned for all library materials, are to be weighed in the selection of any periodical title:

  1. Inclusion in indexes or abstracts available in the TRU Library.
  2. Frequency with which the periodical is cited in the literature.
  3. Use of present periodical holdings in the subject area.
  4. Holdings of other libraries in Kamloops.
  5. Frequency of inter-library loan requests.
  6. Cost, as compared with the potential cost of inter-library loan, and the cost of alternate formats, e.g., electronic or microform.
  7. Content of local interest (e.g., Kamloops Daily News).

When a title is recommended for addition to the collection, a review of current subscriptions in the subject area should take place. Approval of new subscriptions may require departments to cancel other journal title(s) in their discipline. When a new subscription is approved, consideration should be given to purchasing a three to five year backrun in the least expensive format (usually microfilm). The backrun will be charged to the department's book allocation.

Electronic databases (online, CDROM, interactive video, multimedia)

  1. Subject matter
  2. Accessibility
  3. Completeness (criterion, abstracts, full-text)
  4. Coverage
  5. Compatibility with other systems
  6. Hardware requirements
  7. Costs of purchase, maintenance, upgrades
  8. Licence restrictions
  9. User instruction required
  10. Advantage over other formats