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Policies shaping the way the Library acquires and manages materials in its collection.

Collection Development

The collection development policy acts as a framework for selecting materials for SUNY Cobleskill's Van Wagenen Library, as well as removing (weeding) materials that are no longer useful, thus assuring consistent and balanced growth of resources for the future.

The clientele served by the Van Wagenen Library includes the full and part-time students, the faculty and staff of the college, and the surrounding communities. Open access programs enable any SUNY/CUNY (including Empire State) student or staff member and any capital District Library council borrower to sign out materials upon presentation of proper identification. Borrowing privileges for most materials are also extended to staff family members over 18 and to alumni of the college.

The Freedom to Read Statement and the Library Bill of Rights adapted by ALA are recognized as upholding the rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. In consideration of these, the Library will attempt to select materials representing different points of view on controversial issues.


Implementation of Library policies is the responsibility of the Dean of the Library, who may delegate a portion or portions of that responsibility.

A Library liaison program has been set up to help foster a positive working relationship with faculty and to encourage their participation in selection. Liaison librarians attend school and/or department meetings to solicit requests, advise faculty of Library policies and procedures, and maintain awareness of curricular needs and developments.

Responsibility for the selection of Library materials for the campus lies with the entire campus community. Faculty members and their departments are expected to work collaboratively with their assigned liaisons to build the collection in their subject fields. Administrators, staff, and students may make recommendations to any librarian for consideration for purchase.

The librarians, being ultimately responsible for the overall quality and balance of the collection, will select materials in all subject areas and formats.