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Collection Development & Management Policy

Executive Summary

Anglia Ruskin University Library supports our University's strategic objectives by ensuring that students and staff have seamless and timely access to a wide range of library services, excellent learning support and high-quality information resources.

The Collection Development and Management Policy has been designed to provide a framework to underpin the development and management of the University Library's (UL) collection of information resources and the provision of access to content within the context of the University's strategic objectives and the UL's planning priorities.

This policy sets out general statements, principles and guidelines for:
  • the selection and acquisition of books, journals and other resources
  • the evaluation and withdrawal of stock and cancellation of subscriptions
  • the provision of access to content and resources, some of which are notnecessarily held at Anglia Ruskin University
  • the location and circulation of physical materials

The process of selecting resources for the UL is a co-operative partnership between academic staff and UL staff. Through a shared understanding and a consistent approach, we ensure that the resources we select and manage are relevant, support the curriculum, and represent good value for money.

Our University's strategy advocates electronic reading lists for all taught modules, which are managed through ReadingLists@ARU made available to each student as an individual e-textbook via our supplier Kortext. We intend to actively support initiatives to diversify the curriculum and relevant reading lists and will actively work with academic staff on removing institutional and cultural barriers for BAME students in terms of library resources as part of our commitment to the Race Equality Charter.

We actively aim to ensure highly responsive, student-centred collection development processes that reflect emerging trends for accessing content, including new modes of scholarly publication, such as Open Access. Where available, in line with our "electronic first" principle, we purchase electronic versions because they enable wider access, support online and blended learning and save physical space.

E-books will, as far as possible, be made accessible through demand-driven acquisition models, which trigger a purchase only when an e-book has been accessed, which ensures a direct link between value delivery and investment.

The UL is also actively involved in the provision of access to research data and information. Access to resources not held within our collections is provided through digitisation, document delivery, interlibrary loan services and participation in collaborative schemes which allow our staff and students to use other university libraries.

The UL is committed to the continuous review of our collection to ensure that it is relevant, up-to-date, cost-efficient, easily accessed and in good physical condition. We review and update this policy annually, in line with corporate objectives and timescales, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our academic community.

We review and update this policy annually, in line with corporate objectives and timescales, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our academic community.

Full Collection Development & Management Policy (.pdf).
Page Last Reviewed: 23rd June 2021 by Birgit Fraser.