Revised October 2016
Approved by the Library Board: November 2016
Table of Contents
Appendices of Supporting Documents
1. Mission Statement
Connecting people with resources and services.
2. Vision Statement
To bring opportunities for knowledge, learning and achievement to our customers and community.
3. Purpose of the Collection Development Policy
The Collection Development Policy, approved by the Library Board, is one of the Library’s fundamental policy documents. It outlines the philosophies that create and shape the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County’s unique collection, the practices that maintain it over time and the guidelines that help the collection respond to community needs while protecting the collection from societal and political pressures. The Collection Development Policy ensures that over time, the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County’s collection will remain on course, reflecting the needs of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County’s communities, while creating unique experiences of meaning and inspiration for the individual customer.
4. Philosophy and Scope of the Collection
The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County collects materials, in a variety of popular formats, which support its function as a major information source for the needs of a metropolitan population. The collection also serves the popular and recreational needs of the general public, and reflects the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.
Customer use is the most powerful influence on the Library’s collection. Circulation, customer purchase requests and holds levels are all closely monitored, triggering the purchase of new items and additional copies of high demand items.
Inherent in the Collection Development philosophy is an appreciation for each customer of the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The Library provides materials to support each individual’s journey, and does not place a value on one customer’s needs or preferences over another’s. The Library upholds the right of the individual to access information, even though the content may be controversial, unorthodox, or unacceptable to others.
Materials for children and teenagers are intended to broaden their vision, support recreational reading, encourage and facilitate reading skills, supplement their educational needs, stimulate and widen their interests, lead to recognition and appreciation of literature and reflect the diversity of the community. The reading and viewing activity of children is ultimately the responsibility of parents or guardians, who guide and oversee their own children’s development. The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County does not intrude on that relationship.
5. Scope of System Holdings
System Holdings include core fiction and nonfiction collections and include materials of an enduring nature as well as current-interest materials. System Holdings include information in multiple formats and languages to represent the diverse viewpoints and interest of the community the Library serves.
Library staff regularly evaluates the collection to ensure its relevance. System Holdings concentrate on materials of high interest. System collections are shaped, in part, by customer use through the floating collection process, by which items move freely among library locations rather than being owned by a specific location.
The Reference Collection contains current and historical non-circulating publications and online resources to support reference service for the general public, students and businesspeople. Included in the system Reference holdings are separate curated collections for New Mexicana and Genealogical materials.
6. Scope of the Online Collection
The Online Collection represents the diverse viewpoints and interests of the entire community the Library serves. This collection includes citation and full-text databases; eBook, eAudiobooks, eZines and other downloadable and streaming media; and instructional programs.
7. Scope of the Non-traditional Collection
The Non-traditional Collection provides members of our community access to technologies they wish to explore and understand or to which they may not normally have access. This collection also provides access to many cultural and educational services for many of our customers.
8. Funding sources
Funding sources for materials purchased by the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County include:
9. Selection Criteria
Collection development staff use their training, knowledge and expertise along with the following general criteria to select materials for the collection:
10. Customer Recommendations
Customers may request items the Library does not own. Each request is reviewed for inclusion in the collection or for loan through Interlibrary Loan. Staff determine the best method for delivery of materials using the selection criteria. These requests can be made in-person or from our website.
11. Requests for Reconsideration
The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County selects materials using established criteria and full consideration of the varying age groups and backgrounds of customers. Requests for removal of items from the collection may be made using the Request for Reconsideration form which is available at all libraries. Upon receiving a
completed Request for Reconsideration form, the material will be reviewed by library staff and a reply will be sent to the library customer. A customer may re-submit a Request for Reconsideration, at which time, the material will be reviewed by Library Administration and a report will be submitted to the Library Advisory Board for their consideration at their next meeting. Library Administration will reply to the customer with their recommendation to the Board as well as the date, time and location of the next Board meeting where the Request for Reconsideration will be discussed.
12. Collection Management
The Library’s collection is a living, changing entity. As items are added, others are reviewed for their ongoing value and sometimes withdrawn from the collection. Great care is taken to retain or replace items that have enduring value to the community. Decisions are influenced by patterns of use, the capacity of each location and the holdings of other libraries. Staff review the collection regularly to maintain its vitality and usefulness to the community.
The final authority for the Library collection rests with Library Administration. Implementation of the collection development policy and management of the collection is assigned to Library staff. The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County disposes of materials that have been withdrawn according to the criteria for weeding and withdrawal outlined below. The Friends for the Public Library organization serves as an instrument for the Library, reselling and redistributing Library materials that are withdrawn from the collection or donated to the Library and designated by the Library for resale.
Sale of withdrawn items will be carried out in the manner most advantageous to the Library.
The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County accepts donation of books and a few other materials. The Library retains the authority to accept or reject gifts. Library staff and/or representatives from the Friends for the Public Library organization make all decisions as to the use, housing and final disposition of donations. The Library does not evaluate or appraise gift materials for tax purposes.