Though we strive to keep the library collection up-to-date and relevant to your courses and programs, we recognize that you are the subject experts. We highly encourage you to request the purchase of items that are needed to support your courses and programs and be involved in our collection development.
Items you may make a purchase request for may include books, videos (DVD or online streaming), and CDs. Other special items may also be considered for purchase. All items, once purchased, will be placed into the SPSCC library collection for all students, faculty, and staff to use.
Please note that textbooks will not be purchased, though other required and supplementary materials may be purchased following the SPSCC Library Collection Development Policy (below).
To start your purchase request, choose a button below and fill out the purchase request form. All video purchase requests will be reviewed at the end of each quarter and faculty will be notified of the decision made.
The library will purchase materials for the purpose of supporting the college curriculum and maintaining a balanced and timely collection. Selection of materials will be accomplished through the work of the professional library staff in conjunction with requests from faculty, students, staff, and administrators.
While the Library Dean is ultimately responsible for all library services and programs, faculty librarians share responsibility for the development and maintenance of the library’s collection. Areas of responsibility are defined as print (including electronic formats) and media.
Librarians solicit faculty members’ recommendations in their areas of expertise. Requests are evaluated in relationship to overall curriculum needs, selection procedures, and financial constraints.
Student and staff recommendations for the purchase of materials are welcomed.
Relevance to curriculum-based student needs
Recommendations from faculty
Recommendations from students, staff and administration
Relevance to the curriculum
Adequacy of current holdings
Relevance to professional growth
Historical or cultural value
Level of interest for faculty and students
Highly technical resources
Selection of these materials is based on support for classroom instruction with an emphasis on quality, effectiveness and currency.
Content directly supports classroom instruction, or is potentially useful for more than one class or department.
Treatment and presentation should be on the appropriate academic level.
Color, picture quality, and sound should be good.
Format should be accessible and cost effective.
Appropriate viewing and listening equipment is available and cost effective.
Technical support is available and cost effective.
A reasonable amount of use is anticipated for the cost of the materials.
Weeding, the discarding of materials, is conducted by librarians in sections over a five-year period. Guidelines for weeding:
Excessively worn or damaged materials.
Multiple copies of monographs no longer needed to support the curriculum.