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Scott Memorial Library Collection Development Policy

Trends in collections and publishing


Levels of coverage

Description and selection criteria of specific collections

Print journal withdrawal

Specific types of materials

Multiple copies

Replacement copies


Printable PDF of the entire policy

Specific Types of Material

Annual reports: the Library does not collect annual reports. Annual reports of the University and its Colleges and Departments are retained in the Archives.

Dissertations: Only dissertations and theses written at Thomas Jefferson University are acquired and kept indefinitely. Two copies of doctoral dissertations are kept, a non-circulating copy in the Archives, and a circulating copy in the open stacks. One copy of master's theses is acquired and shelved in the Archives. Future TJU theses and dissertations will be incorporated in the Jefferson Digital Commons. Library users may obtain other dissertations directly from University Microfilms International or through interlibrary loan.

Examination Question Books: Examination question books are selectively acquired and kept in the Reserve collection.

Government Documents: the Library rarely purchases Government documents, as a large number of health sciences related documents are available, at no cost, on the Internet.

Loose-Leaf Publications: Acquisition of loose-leaf publications is discouraged because of the high maintenance requirements, but they are acquired on a case-by-case basis according to defined subject coverage and demand.

Microforms: Microforms are acquired when the material is not available otherwise (ex. Journal back files or replacements not available online)

Proceedings of Congresses, Symposia: Proceedings of meetings held within the current two years are acquired for subjects collected at Level 2.

Reprints: Reprint purchases are discouraged in favor of completely original material. Reprints of single journal issues are occasionally purchased if the subject is in unusual demand. Reprints of monographs are acquired only if the original is not owned, the subject is collected at Level 2 and the contents have current value.

Technical Reports: Technical reports are acquired only when specifically requested.

Adopted: November 2005

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