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Collection Building Goals

The Library’s collecting priority is to supply access to digital, streaming, and physical format materials supporting the curricular and research needs of students, faculty and staff of Auraria Campus.

How are Resources Chosen?

Selectors in the Research Support Services department are responsible for ensuring that users in the subject disciplines they oversee have appropriate print, media, digital, and streaming materials readily accessible to them. The Digital Collections Manager and Special Collections Librarian assess materials for suitability for inclusion in Auraria Library’s Digital Repository or Special Collections.

Methods and processes selectors use to assure the selection of relevant resources include:

  • Monitoring curricular offerings and changes
  • Staying abreast of campus research initiatives
  • Understanding changing discipline resource requirements and needs through faculty interactions, professional reading, and accreditation standards
  • Encouraging and facilitating suggestions for books, videos, journals, online collections, and other resources through faculty interactions and a Recommend a Purchase Form:
  • Recommend a Purchase Form

  • Soliciting input from faculty in particular, and all users, on database trials
  • Reviewing book titles forwarded by an academic book distributor from publishers worldwide.
  • Monitoring the emergence of relevant resources by communicating with publishers, vendors, and other distributors

Collection Development Guidelines and Policies

Below are links to the complete guidelines for collection development for the overall Auraria Library collection, and for Auraria Library Special Collections.

Does the Library Buy Textbooks?

As a general rule, the Library does not purchase textbooks for the collection.

The Library supports faculty in choosing alternative, open, and affordable classroom materials. The Library’s Textbook Alternatives and Open Educational Resources Research Guide supplies strategies for pursuing such materials.

What Do You Have Besides Books?

The Library purchases multiple resources to support learning and research within normal collection selection parameters, including:

What Type of Streaming Media Do You Have?

The holdings in the Library’s streaming media collections are extensive, and often meet user needs. All media titles may be found through Start My Research on the Library’s homepage. Video collections are described in the Videos & Streaming Media Research Guide, and online music collections are highlighted in the Music Research Guide.

The Library does not purchase spoken-word audio titles since most available are non-academic. Local public libraries offer substantial audiobook collections. Learn more about accessing audiobooks through the Audiobooks, Podcasts, and Streaming Audio Research Guide.

Are Your Videos Closed Captioned?

Every effort is made to purchase videos with closed captioning. If closed captioning is unavailable, a transcript is sought. Non-captioned films, which were purchased before the closed captioning mandate, exist in the collection. Efforts continue to decrease the number of films without closed-captioning or transcript options.

Does the Library Purchase Dissertations and Theses?

Since dissertations and theses frequently address niche issues, the Library buys only a small percentage of dissertations. Many dissertations from non-Auraria campus schools are available at no charge. See the Library’s Dissertations & Theses Research Guide for finding strategies and sources.

Most University of Colorado dissertations and theses are searchable through the Dissertations & Theses at University of Colorado System collection, with full-text supplied for most post-1996 titles. Auraria Library archives campus-produced theses and dissertations. Consult your advisor or the Digital Collections Manager on the deposit process.

Why Does the Library Remove Materials from the Collection?

Library collections may appear to be static but they are constantly evolving. To insure an active, academically useful collection, materials are regularly evaluated for possible withdrawal and cancellation. Factors considered in removing or discontinuing access to materials include:

  • Relevance
  • Cost
  • Overall Use
  • Recent Use
  • Quality
  • Space capacity
  • Format
  • Condition

Special Collections follows the Auraria Library Special Collections Deaccession Policy when considering removal of Special Collections materials.

Can I Recommend Purchases, Subscriptions, or Trials?

Yes. If there is a resource you feel would complement the Library’s collection, use this materials request form to share your recommendation.

Can I Donate Books or Other Things to the Library?

At this time, Auraria Library is not accepting donations.

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