Leslie J. Savage Library selects and maintains a collection of library materials to support the instructional, research, intellectual, and artistic needs and interests of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Library materials represent appropriate formats that are carefully selected, acquired, and cataloged, whether physically on campus or available online.
The library collection must:
Guidelines and Priorities for Collection Development and Maintenance
To strive for consistency in making decisions about the collection, the Library has developed guidelines on selection of new materials, spending priorities, disposition of gifts, and periodic collection review to weed outdated materials and redirect resources to meet changing needs.
Although selection of new materials added to the collection is primarily the responsibility of librarians following their professional judgment and the guidelines below, all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to request materials they feel will be of value to the collection. In particular, new tenure track faculty are encouraged to evaluate their needs in order to enhance our collection. The Library has a special responsibility for selecting interdisciplinary materials and other materials necessary to maintain a well-rounded collection focused on the undergraduate and graduate curricula.
Generally, the Library does not purchase textbooks. Books that are used as class texts and meet the criteria described in “Spending Priorities” below may be acquired.
The Library maintains overall responsibility for shaping the collection and has final authority in all collection decisions.
A systematic analysis of the collection is performed regularly to ensure that there are no large gaps in certain subject areas.
In addition to requests, the Library reviews the following sources in building the collection:
Spending priorities serve as guidelines for library staff. The priorities are designed to accommodate fluctuating resources and changing directions of the curriculum. In addition to guiding decisions for spending, priorities also serve a communication function by informing faculty, staff, students, and others about the method and reasoning of adding materials to the collection.
The Library has identified five priorities for purchasing learning materials:
• Undergraduate Curriculum. The Library spends learning materials funds in order to support the major and minor programs of the undergraduate curriculum. An effort is made to balance the needs of first and second year students (more basic, easy to understand materials) with those of upper level students (more research- oriented materials). Members of the faculty are encouraged to assist librarians in the selection of materials.
• Graduate Curriculum. The Library supports graduate programs, which are limited at present. Since these programs are primarily delivered online, the focus for the Library is on acquiring relevant electronic resources such as databases, journal collections, reference titles, and monographs. Since all graduate programs are self-funded through Extended Studies, a portion of the revenue in the form of overhead will support campus operations. Members of the graduate faculty are encouraged to assist librarians in the selection of materials.
• Research Tools. The Library spends learning materials funds in order to support the daily research needs of the university students, faculty, and staff. Daily research activity requires expenditures for reference sources, monograph series, and multidisciplinary databases.
• General Education. The Library spends learning materials funds in order to support the general education of its community. General education is a process of self-directed learning in a broad range of subject areas.
• Regional, State, and Local Subjects. The Library spends learning materials funds for resources that are relevant to the life and times of the western region of the United States, the state of Colorado, and the greater Gunnison area.
These priorities serve as guidelines for allocating funds.
The Library selectively purchases books and other materials written or created by local authors. Local authors are defined as full or part time Gunnison County residents and Western faculty, staff, and students. Purchased works by local authors should fit with one of the Library’s four spending priorities.
If the Library anticipates a sustained interest in the author or his/her works, the Library purchases works by visiting authors who provide lectures or talks to the campus community. Purchased works by visiting authors should fit with one of the Library’s four spending priorities.
The Library selectively collects federal government publications through participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As more government information shifts from paper to electronic formats, the Library provides access to this information through the catalog and website. The Library collects or provides access to the Federal Depository Basic Collection. The Library’s collection of government publications focuses on geology and science-related information, educational resources, and health materials from FDLP. Additional selections of materials not currently included can be requested once a year from the FDLP program and are reviewed according to the spending priorities previously described. The Library also collects Colorado State Government information from the Colorado State Library. The government documents section is regularly inventoried to ensure that the records in the online catalog accurately reflect the items on the shelves.
Electronic resources include subject databases and indexes, large multidisciplinary aggregators, journal collections from publishers, subscriptions to individual online journals, electronic books, and websites on the free web. The Library prefers to subscribe to resources that cover many subjects to ensure widespread use and relevance to the curriculum. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to acquire access to more specialized resources. The following criteria are used to inform selection decisions:
The Library may experiment with patron-driven acquisition, short-term loans, and streaming audio/video.
In an effort to maximize its acquisitions budget and acquire as much unique content as possible, the Library will not purchase a work in multiple formats unless necessary to support the needs of the curriculum. Every attempt possible will be made to further transition from print to electronic serials with the following exceptions:
- Popular magazines for leisure reading and browsing
- Journals that are not included in aggregators and are too costly to subscribe to digitally on an individual basis
- Serials of local and regional interest that are useful for archival purposes
The Library welcomes the donation of gifts as a way to enrich the Library’s collection and to support the scholarly, artistic, and informational interests of the campus community. Current selection and university copyright policies apply to gifts received. The Library also recognizes the investment of time by librarians and staff in cataloging and processing resources and the other expenses involved with the addition of any item to the collection. Judicious decisions about adding gifts must be made in accordance with existing collection development and university copyright policies.
The Library does not supply appraisals of donations indicating monetary value. If contact information is supplied, a donor will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Director of Library Services.
The Library reserves the right to make all final decisions on what is added to the collection given the needs of the students, faculty, and staff and the capacities of the Library.
Most materials are purchased with consideration of their long-term value to the collection. The value of a work, however, changes overtime. While many materials retain their value when considered against the whole of a subject or area of knowledge, the content of some materials will age and need to be replaced with materials that reflect advances in a subject area. As the university's curriculum evolves, the need to maintain materials in some subject areas may be reduced or disappear. This may require discarding materials that are no longer of use or interest to the campus community.
Savage Library strives to provide users with access to relevant, quality, current, and high use materials. To ensure this, weeding is performed on a regular basis. Librarians use
their professional judgment, including the criteria below, and consult faculty as needed.
Materials, which may be weeded, are:
In addition to the above, the following criteria may apply to periodical titles in print. Back issues, which may be weeded, are:
Withdrawn materials are discarded in compliance with State of Colorado regulations.
This policy and spending priorities serve as guidelines for allocating funds and building the collection of library materials. Because the curriculum is dynamic and needs and priorities change, the Library has established a Collection Development Committee that:
The committee consists of the library director, acquisitions technician, and librarians.
Revised November 14, 2013
Updated December 6, 2018
The Leslie J. Savage Library, Western Colorado University, provides access to subscription-based electronic resources to university students, staff, and faculty for non-commercial, academic, educational and research purposes. Guests may use most licensed electronic resources on-site. Copyright law, individual license agreements, the University’s Information Technology Services Acceptable Use Policy, as well as other applicable laws and regulations apply. Users of library-licensed resources must comply with the terms of the agreement(s). Western Colorado University will not be held liable for any unauthorized use of electronic resources. The University, at its discretion, will act upon unauthorized use as it sees fit.
An authorized user is a current student, faculty or staff member of Western Colorado University. Many, but not all, electronic resources allow guest access on networked University library public use terminals and secure Wi-Fi access.
Persons using a computer on the University campus network are considered authorized users for many, but not all, electronic resources.
Off-campus, authenticated use is available for many, but not all, electronic resources for authorized users of Western Colorado University. Remote access requires the user to log-in with his or her network ID and password.
An authorized user may copy reasonable amounts of the electronic use for personal or private academic purposes.
Authorized users may also search, view, or browse the online content of electronic resources, and download, save, and print limited data for personal, academic use only, in support of the university’s educational mission.
Violate any copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property right associated with the resource
Use the electronic resource for any purpose other than stated educational purposes
Use the electronic resource for commercial purposes
Systematically download or copy the licensed content
Use the electronic resource in course packs or e-reserves without the appropriate permissions
Distribute the electronic resource to others in any format (including sharing passwords)
Use the electronic resource in an illegal or otherwise unauthorized manner
Violation of license terms jeopardizes access for the entire University. Consequences for misuse of these resources may include referral to appropriate campus disciplinary bodies, suspension of access privileges, and suspension of library privileges for non-campus users. All other University policies pertaining to computer use and conduct are applicable in the use of Library computer terminals and electronic resources. These may include:
Information Technology Services Acceptable Use Policy
Western Colorado University Student Handbook
Western Colorado University Handbook for Professional Personnel
Western Colorado University Trustee Policy Manual
U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.) allows the reproduction of protected works. Section 107 permits fair use copying for certain purposes, including instances of non-profit personal, educational use. Making reproductions of copyright-protected electronic resources, even those not covered by a license agreement, requires permission from the copyright owner unless the copying qualifies as a fair use.
Reproductions of licensed content made by the University library for its users are made in compliance with the resource's license agreement and/or under the provisions of copyright law, Section 108. Reproductions made by University library under copyright law are provided to users with the understanding that copies will be used only for private study, scholarship, or research; and that said copies become the property of the user and may not be duplicated for additional distribution.
February 3, 2016
Updated December 6, 2018
The library instruction classroom is located on the 1st floor of Leslie J. Savage Library (room 102). This room is available by reservation only due to increased use and demand for instruction workshops. The primary use of this classroom is to support academic instruction across campus.
For questions or to request to use the room, please contact us.
Updated December 6, 2018