Responsibility for the selection of materials for the library’s collection lies with Lancaster Bible College’s librarians, faculty, staff, and students. Each department is responsible to expend a portion of the library’s acquisitions budget. Faculty are strongly encouraged to stay abreast of the newly published materials in their particular areas of expertise. Priority should be given to materials that enable students to be successful in achieving learning outcomes and completing course assignments. E-resources are purchased when feasible to provide multiple-location access.
Textbook Policy – The library normally does not purchase course textbooks as the cost and shelf space required are prohibitive. Moreover, textbooks are subject to constant updates. The exception to this is that the library does order books that are at times selected as required textbooks for courses in theology, biblical studies, and ministry.
Faculty are asked for their assistance in reviewing and weeding the library collection in their areas of expertise. This process removes items from the collection that are outdated / superseded, in poor condition, or that no longer support the curriculum. The weeding process also allows faculty an excellent opportunity to see the breadth of materials available in their discipline. This aids in collection development in two ways. Weak areas are observed that can be targeted for material ordering and strong areas are recognized for future assignment development. All weeded materials are reviewed by the Library Director before the final deselecting process.