The aim of the Collection Development Policy is to articulate the principles that are used in building and maintaining the library collection. While the principles of such policies are enduring, it is necessary to revisit the CDP to ensure that it remains relevant, especially given the big changes that are occurring in people's information seeking behaviours. Where once children came regularly to the library to get materials for their school projects, now they go online and access databases, online encyclopedias and other digital information.
There are four principles of selection that the policy is based on:
- We will purchase items that our borrowers want
- We will provide a collection which reflects the spectrum of community view points
- Parents and caregivers are responsible for their children’s use of the library
- We provide informational, recreational and cultural materials in the media of the day
Last year the library adopted a Strategic Asset Plan for the collection, and these two documents form the basis of our collecting and disposal of library materials. The CDP will be presented to the Library Board at the February meeting to be adopted, so we request your feedback by January 31st.