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Library Policies: Resource Selection Policy

OBJECTIVES

 

To provide resources that will enrich and support the liberal arts and sciences curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests and abilities of faculty and students as well as the overall mission and objectives of the University.

To provide resources that engage and inspire "learners in a community grounded in critical thinking, empathy, and civil discourse" (General Education curriculum). Furthermore, the library provides resources that promote life-long learning.

To provide resources on multiple viewpoints on complex and sometimes controversial issues that will stimulate independent thinking.

To provide resources representative of the diverse perspectives and experiences of the campus community.

 

Revised August 2020

 

Request a book purchase

 

Please click on the button to be redirected to the book purchase request form.

Request book purchase

 

Request media purchase

 

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Please use this form to send a request to the library staff for media you would like to library to purchase.

 

 

CRITERIA

Each resource selected for the library collection is evaluated with regard to:

  • Support of educational goals and curriculum
  • Enduring value and current relevance
  • Cost and continuity of access
  • Accurate and reliable information
  • Editorial rigor
  • Social significance
  • Accessibility
  • Diversity & inclusion

 

Requests for textbooks and technical manuals will be considered on a case by case basis. The library supports the selection and adoption of Open Educational Resources and other low or no cost course materials and assists faculty in these endeavors. At this time, the library does not have the staffing and space required for keeping rare books. See gift policy.

 

Revised August 2020

Librarian Liaisons

Full-time teaching faculty should contact their liaison librarian to discuss any new resources needed to support their courses.

Contact:

Sue Erickson, Library Director 
Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
serickson@vwu.edu
757-455-3220

Greg Snyder
D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies
gsnyder@vwu.edu
757-455-3262

Stephen Leist
Birdsong School of Social Sciences
sleist@vwu.edu
757-455-2131

Sherry Matis
Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities
smatis@vwu.edu
757-455-3254