Collection Development Policy

The mission of Odum Library is to be a major educational and cultural resource of the University, primarily by providing bibliographic and reference support to its academic programs.

The goal of the Library’s collection development program is to develop and maintain a collection of materials that will further the purpose and mission of VSU by meeting the needs of its faculty and students.  Our collection is shaped via a collaborative effort between librarians and faculty.  Each department is assigned a liaison, a library faculty member who collects and reviews orders, keep records, and informs the departmental coordinator of deadlines, priorities and budget issues. The library liaison may also request materials for the general reference collection that will enhance coverage of  the assigned department's library collection. The primary emphasis of Odum’s collection is on materials used by faculty in conducting research and preparing courses as well as by students conducting research related to their course work.

The Collection Development (CD) Policy provides a rationale for the Library’s collection development program.  The policy serves as a means of defining and communicating the library’s collection goals and policies to the VSU community and to the public at large. We invite you to read the collection development policy and subject/discipline specific collection development policies and encourage you to participate in shaping the Library's collection.

If you have a title suggestion, please complete the Recommend a Library Purchase form.  (Note to Faculty: The Recommend a Library Purchase form is intended for your personal recommendations and RUSH orders only, independent of the annual school/department/program allocation provided by the library.  Orders using your allocation should be submitted in the customary way to the departmental coordinator who will add your requests to a library materials order database submitted to the BlazeVIEW Acquisitions Page.)  Further information on Material Ordering Procedures and the Allocation of Funds is published by the Library's Acquisition/Serials Department.

Complete Collection Development Policy (Revised December, 2008) Pages 1-146 PDF

Collection Development Policy - Table of Contents - Individual Sections

Title Page Page 1
Table of Contents Pages 2-3
  • History
  • Collection Development Program
  • Intellectual Freedom, Copyright, and Related Issues
Pages 4-6 PDF
Collection Levels
Pages 7-10
College of Arts and Sciences 
Pages 11-64 PDF
  • Biology
Pages 12-15
  • Chemistry
Pages 16-18
  • English
Pages 19-21
  • History
Pages 22-24
  • Mathematics & Computer Science
Pages 25-27
  • Modern Foreign Languages
Pages 28-30
  • Philosophy
Pages 31-32
  • Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences
Pages 33-35
  • Political Science
Pages 36-39
  • Sociology & Anthropology
Pages 40-49
  • African American Studies Program
Pages 50-53
  • Distance Education Program
Pages 54-57
  • University Honors Program
Pages 58-61
  • Women's & Gender Studies Program
Pages 62-64
Harvey Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration Pages 65-76
  • Accounting & Finance
Pages 66-68
  • Business General
Pages 69-70
  • Management
Pages 71-73
  • Marketing & Economics
Pages 74-76
College of Education Pages 77-103
  • Adult & Career Education
Pages 78-80
  • Curriculum, Leadership, & Instructional Technology
Pages 81-84
  • Early Childhood & Special Education
Pages 85-87
  • Kinesiology & Physical Education
Pages 88-89
  • Middle Grades
Pages 90-98
  • Psychology & Counseling
Pages 99-101
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
Pages 102-103
College of the Arts Pages 104-117
  • Art
Pages 105-107
  • Communication Art
Pages 108-110
  • Music
Pages 111-112
  • Telecommunications
Pages 113-114
  • Theater and Dance
Pages 115-117
College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pages 118-120
Division of Library and Information Science Pages 121-125
Division of Social Work Pages 126-128
International Studies Program Pages 129-131
Library Collection Policies Pages 132-145
Page 133
  • Preservation Policy
Page 134
  • Reference
Pages 135-137
  • Replacement
Page 138
  • Special Collection
Pages 139-143
  • Weeding
Pages 144-145