Collection Development and its management are terms used by libraries to sets out principles and guidelines for developing and maintaining the Library’s collections in all formats. The quality of Library collections is fundamental to the University’s success in learning, teaching and research.
This statement provides a brief overview of the collection development policies to guide the Library staff; users and the BUE Library committee about the principles used for selecting all forms of materials; plans for the future growth of the collections and the policies governing the removal and replacement of materials.
To provide vibrant services using all possible resources to support the students learning choices and research requirements and attract high-quality researchers and students which will eventually contribute in the production of highly qualified citizens to be part of the development of Egypt and MENA region.
The primary users of the BUE Library are the BUE community from the students & the academic staff.
The disciplines in the University are currently:
The Collection Development Policy strives to ensure equitable & fair access for all regardless of location or area of study. There is a recognition that the Collection Development Policy has to be mindful of the constraints of resources and the need to optimize the acquisitions. Consequently, the Collection Policy is created to ensure that undergraduate need is systematically met whether it be in hardcopy or in electronic form.
BUE Library includes nearly 45,000 core materials & access to more than 500,000 electronic materials through the subscription of Electronic Databases in various university disciplines. The Library has been developed from a zero basis and thus it has been focused acquisition of core material.
6.1. Library’s materials budget
Each year the library prepares the annual budget in August, for all types of materials like online database subscriptions, Individual journals & Books, etc.
6.2 Acquiring and/or providing access to resources:
An email is sent twice by the Library on June & November to all Academic Staff requesting their requirements for text & reading books which will be used in the academic year to support the taught courses.
A minimum of 3 copies and a maximum of 5 copies of textbooks are ordered. or a maximum of 3 copies of reading books which support the taught courses. The aim is to provide this material by the beginning of the Academic year
Due to the global trend to E-Resources in the libraries, the library includes access to more than 120,000 electronic materials through the subscription to Electronic Databases in various disciplines to support in the University’s success in learning, teaching, and research.
Once a year, a meeting with the library committee is held to evaluate the databases taking into account the yearly usage report for each one and also to consider the trials for the suggested databases.
Following an agreed list of Databases, we are starting negotiation with the supplier to obtain the best price/license.
Weeding of the library’s collection on an ongoing basis is an essential part for any library both to maintain and develop the collections. In particular, it assists with:
The Library removes and withdraws any materials based on the following criteria:
Suggestions for how to benefit from the withdrawn items:
The library welcomes donations of books, journals, and other materials which directly support the curricular and research needs of the University and which fall within the scope of the Library collection policies as outlined above. Once accepted, materials become the property of the Library and are generally not returned to the donor. The Library reserves the right to select, distribute, and handle materials as deemed most appropriate.
Conditions of Acceptance:
Material donated to the library should:
Material not accepted will include:
The Library welcomes donations from University staff of publications authored or edited by them.
The Collection Development Policy will be automatically reviewed at the beginning of the academic year by the Library and presented, with any amendments, to the Library committee for their consideration.