General Guidelines for Acquisitions

The primary purpose of the acquisitions process by which the library purchases materials is to support or enhance teaching and learning. Attention is devoted to the patron's needs as a scholar,  to content that supports the curriculum, and to resources that enhance the learning process. To this end, the Alumnae Library abides by these general guidelines for acquisitions.


Major Criteria for Acquisitions Include the Follwing:

1. The material is highly regarded as academic scholarship; its format does not detract from its content; and/or the material is known for its literary and/or artistic merit.
2. The material has permanent value.
3. The content of the material is current, as defined by the needs of the discipline.
4. The content of the material supports undergraduate and graduate programs at Elms College.
5. The ideas represented in the material attempt to represent all sides of an issue and respect diversity.
6. The material has value as a classic, or as a benchmark text in its disicpline.


Additional Criteria for Books are as Follows:

1. The book has received positive reviews in one or more sources important to the discipline.
2. The book is authored by a reputable and credible individual, or published by a reputable or credible publisher in the discipline.
3. A work of fiction should have use in the formal study of literature, or it should have impact on philosophical, social, and/or political thought.
4. A textbook must be a classic in the discipline.

In all cases, hardcover editions will be prioritized over paperbacks, and the library does not acquire multiple copies. Multiple copies are acquired only when they are the result of a faculty request or when they are received as donations. Popular titles received as donation may be collected, at the discretion of the library liaisons and the library director.


Additional Criteria for Serials are as Follows:

1. A new serial is ordered if the intention is to retain it as a permanent part of the collection, in as complete a run as possible. Journals of an academic nature that support the curriculum have priority  over popular or general magazines. Serials which serve entertainment purposes only will not be purchased.
2. A serial title that does not support a specific element of the curriculum should contribute to the general liberal arts education of students by presenting an informed discussion of public affairs, economic, social, or political events, scientific or technical knowledge, literature, criticism, or the arts.
3. A serials title which is not indexed in a major index carried by the Alumnae Library will generally not be purchased. Newspapers and local history materials are exceptions to this policy.


Additional Criteria for Electronic and Non-Print Materials are as Follows:

1. Software must be compatible with hardware owned by the library.
2. Software is ordered on a "Preview" basis. It must be previewed by faculty and library staff.


Alumnae Library
Anthony Fonseca
Library Director


Library Tech Support

Alumnae Library
Debra Gomes
Librarian/Professor Serials/Systems