University of Rhode Island Libraries
The University of Rhode Island Libraries recognizes that
the Libraries are not just a place where books are kept and read. The Libraries
house all types of media - audiocassettes, videocassettes, slides, microforms,
periodicals, newspapers, documents, computer software, compact discs, pamphlets, books
etc. The selection of materials is a continuous process affected by the changing
curriculum content and needs. The general policy for selection applies equally to all
types of materials being considered for acquisition.
Policies for Selecting
Standards, Ethical and
The University of Rhode Island Libraries supports the standards on collection development
contained within the “Standards for College Libraries” adopted by the American
Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries.
2. Intellectual Freedom and
The University of Rhode Island Libraries recognizes that the free access to ideas and full
freedom of expression is fundamental to the educational process. The Libraries will
attempt to purchase materials, which represent a wide-variety of viewpoints on religious,
political, sexual, social, economic, scientific, and moral issues. To this end, the
Libraries subscribe to and comply with the American Library
Associations Bill of Rights and its accompanying statements of interpretation
including, but not limited to statements on Intellectual Freedom, the Freedom to Read,
Freedom to View, Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks, Challenged
Materials, and Statement of Labeling. The full-text of these and other interpretations of
the ALA Bill of Rights appear in an appendix to this policy. The Libraries do not add or
withdraw, at the request of any individual or group, material which has been chosen or
excluded based on stated selection criteria.
The American Library Association's Code of
Ethics states that "Librarians must protect each user's right to privacy
with respect to information sought, received, and materials consulted,
borrowed, or acquired." (ALA Policy Manual 54.16, Code of Ethics, point 3).
In addition, the University of Rhode Island Libraries adhere to the American
Library Association's "Policy on Confidentiality of Libraries Records" (ALA
Policy Manual 52.4).
The University of Rhode Island Libraries comply fully with all of the provisions of the
U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) and its amendments. The Libraries strongly support the Fair
Use section of the Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. 107) which permits and protects citizens'
rights to reproduce and make other uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching,
scholarships and research.
5. Criteria for Selection
of All Materials
- Relevancy to the curriculum and appropriateness to the clientele
- Timeliness of material; lasting value
- Reputation of the author, issuing body, and/or publisher
- Presentation (style of writing and readability)
- Aesthetic considerations. Material should have literacy, artistic and social value and
appeal to imagination, senses, and intellect of students.
- Special features (e.g., details, logical, accurate index; bibliography; footnotes;
pictorial representations-diagrams, maps, drawings)
- Physical and technical quality
Paper, typography and design
2. Physical size
- Appropriateness of medium; suitability of form to content
- Strength of present holdings in the same or similar subject
- Demand; frequency of ILL requests for material on the same or similar subjects
- Price/relative cost of material in relation to the budget and other available material
mv april/2000;updated september/2003
The University of Rhode Island
Libraries subscribe to electronic databases through individual vendors, aggregators, HELIN
and other sources. The following factors are weighed in deciding whether to subscribe to a
need or the likelihood of use
library's holdings of periodicals indexed in that database
Each subscription year, the head of
reference submits electronic database requests to the Collection Management Officer for
approval. Reference staff is responsible for
the selection of electronic database proposals in conjunction with HELIN committees (as