Information Access

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Collection Management and Access Policy is to provide principles and guidelines for Clemson University Libraries to follow in the selection, acquisition, and evaluation of library materials in print and non-print formats.

The primary goal of the Libraries’ collection management efforts is to meet the instructional, scholarly, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff (affiliated users) of Clemson University. After the needs of affiliated users are met, consideration may be given to materials that are of service to the Clemson-area community and to the Libraries’ role as a Federal Depository Library.

Collection Management Responsibilities

Routine decisions regarding collection management are normally delegated to the subject liaison librarian, who has responsibility for the selection/de-selection of library materials within his/her assigned academic or other substantive collection areas (e.g. reference collection) and maintains Subject-Specific Information Access Policies, as necessary. The subject liaison communicates on a regular basis with representatives of each subject discipline regarding recommendations for collections and services.  Any library user may recommend material to be purchased for the University Libraries, subject to review by the designated subject liaison.

The Information Access Committee (IAC) advises the Dean on collection-related matters in the Libraries and serves as an advisory panel regarding collection management policies, selection/de-selection of materials, and allocation of funds to subject liaisons.

Ultimate responsibility for the development and maintenance of the Libraries’ collections lies with the Dean of University Libraries.

Collection Management and Access Policy