Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Collection Development Plan

I. Introduction 

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the collection of materials by the Library Services of Delaware County Community College. This document is intended to give information about the scope of the collection and to provide criteria and priorities for the selection and deselection of materials in the collection. This document remains dynamic and subject to change.

Mission statement: 

The mission of Delaware County Community College Library Services is to provide the best possible services and access to information resources that support the mission of the College. Library Services aims to serve a culturally diverse student population pursuing a two-year degree at various campus locations, as well as serving faculty, staff, continuing education division, and the local community at large. Library Services will provide the highest quality, yet cost-effective materials to directly support the curriculum. Materials will be selected in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, printed materials, multimedia, and electronic formats. Library Services aims to deliver timely and accurate reference and access services, and to provide a comprehensive instructional program in information literacy skills which will teach and encourage life-long independent learning. Services and resources will be provided through the effective use of currently available technology.

Mission of Parent Institution

The mission of the Delaware County Community College is to offer programs that are accessible, comprehensive, community-centered and flexible, in order to enhance the development of the communities and residents of the service area.

II. Objectives and Scope of the Collection

The library collection is intended to be a highly selective, basic level collection but sufficient enough to support curricular offerings as determined by the College’s mission, goals, and objectives. Materials will include such resources as major dictionaries, encyclopedias, historical surveys, monographs, textbooks, fiction, archival material, audio and visual materials, and periodicals in print and electronic formats.  Beyond the scope and content of the collection, other factors such as cost, usability, and currency will determine acquisition priorities.


The Library will acquire materials in various formats, and priority will be given to current material, although out-of-print materials will be collected as requested, needed, and/or available.  

Printed Books: Print materials may include monographs and such reference materials as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, and lasting contemporary fiction that may support the curriculum. Electronic books will be acquired as budget and needs permit. (See Electronic Resources below.)  Popular fiction books will be acquired through a leasing agreement.

Printed Periodicals: Subscriptions to periodicals will be acquired according to the needs of the curriculum as well as pricing, availability, and indexing. A limited selection of recreational reading will be included.  

Electronic Resources:  Due to the needs of satellite campuses, remote access, and the distance learning program, Library Services continues to strive to increase the amount of electronic materials, including bibliographic databases, periodical databases, e-journals, and statistical databases, as well as electronic books. Selection will depend on licensing restrictions, pricing, content, available technological formats, and projected amount of use.

Video Materials: Video materials will be purchased based on the amount of usage, currency, and price.  DVD or streaming online format will be preferred. Laser disks and VHS are no longer collected.

Audio Materials: Audio materials will be collected in so far as they support the curriculum. Popular Audio Books will follow the same guidelines as the fiction book collection, or collected from gifts.


Textbooks: Textbooks are acquired on a limited basis. Factors considered include number of sections, number of requests, faculty requests, and required texts for core courses. Textbooks currently required for courses do not circulate (See Appendix E for further selection criteria). 

Archival Materials and Rare Books: Library Services will retain a small special collection of rare books. Also, the Library retains the College Archives. Such archival material as course catalogs, yearbooks, Board of Trustees meeting minutes, literary publications, and other material deemed appropriate to documenting the history of the institution will be kept in print and/or digital format.

III. General Guidelines for Selection

Accountability: Accountability for the development and maintenance of the library collection rests with the faculty librarians. All requests for materials are reviewed for their adherence to selection guidelines and must be approved by the faculty librarians. Input from teaching faculty is strongly encouraged, particularly to support courses where library-based assignments are given. Input from staff and students is welcomed and will be reviewed by the same standards as other requests.

Budget: The Director of Library Services is responsible for allocating an acquisitions budget in such a way as to fulfill the above mentioned collection development goals. Priority for purchase of materials reflects such factors as the curriculum, number of students and faculty, available technology, circulation statistics, and requests. The rate of publishing and average costs of materials is also considered. The budget allocation is reviewed annually. The Director of Library Services reserves the right to reallocate funds as necessary based on technological changes, curriculum changes, and institutional changes.

Priorities: In general, selection of materials is based on quality of content and fulfillment of academic need as the first priorities. Other factors considered when selecting materials include lasting value of content, level of content treatment, strength of current holdings in the subject area, cost, suitability of the format to the content, authority of the author and publisher, and indexing of the resource. Library Services will acquire materials primarily in English.

Selection/purchase methods: Selection tools will include Choice, Library Journal, , online book vendors, publishers' catalogs and pre-publication literature, other library online catalogs, national databases, online union catalogs, and faculty/scholar expertise. Materials will be purchased first from book jobbers, serials subscription agents, and if necessary, directly from the publisher/producer. The faculty librarians may suggest various methods of acquisition, including approval plans, licensing agreements, and standing orders which must be approved by the Director. Classics and heavily used items will be purchased in hardcopy; others will be purchased in paperback when available. Multiple copies for highly requested items will be purchased as needed.

Gifts: Library Services accepts gifts and donations, preferably when no restrictions are attached, for integration into the collections. In most cases, the Director of the Library in consultation with the faculty librarians reserves the right to accept or reject gifts as deemed appropriate by the General Guidelines for Selection as outlined above. Library Services reserves the right to dispose of unwanted materials as deemed fit. All gifts and donations will be acknowledged and the donor will be provided a deed of gift form. Library Services is not responsible for appraisals of gift materials. Items in poor physical condition, especially those highly marked or containing mold and mildew will not be considered for acquisition. (See Statement of Appraisals in Appendix C.)

Resource sharing: Attempts will be made to share resources through reciprocity agreements with local libraries, document delivery, and inter-library loan where possible, to provide materials not suitable for the permanent collection. 

IV. General Guidelines for Deselection:The library services staff reserves the right to remove materials from the collection when they no longer support the curriculum or contain outdated material. For deselection of materials, particularly non-circulating materials (reference, serials, non-print, etc.), faculty and administrators will be consulted. Factors for retention of serials include demand, space, currency, physical description, and availability of alternate formats. Damaged materials are evaluated for conservation, and may be discarded and/or replaced. (See Appendix D for criteria)

V. Conspectus

The conspectus details the breadth and depth of the collection by subject area. It also forms the basis for the selection of material by call number and assists in acquisitions planning (See Appendix A).

VI. Statement of Intellectual Freedom

Delaware County Community College Library Services subscribes to the American Library Association's policies on intellectual freedom, including the Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read statements. The Library Services staff attempts to purchase materials representing various points of view, and the selection of materials is without partisanship regarding matters of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, or moral philosophy.

Approved by the Library Advisory Committee, March 23, 2003
Revised March 2012 



APPENDIX A: Conspectus

Description of collecting levels: 

  • 5 = Intensive level - All available significant works are collected; the aim is exhaustiveness. 
  • 4 = Advanced research level - Supports doctoral and post-doctoral research with a high degree of adequacy. It includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research, all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs and other secondary literature as well as an extensive collection of journals. In addition to printed, microform, and online material, it may include manuscripts and other special materials, if appropriate. 
  • 3 = Study level - Intended to support undergraduate or graduate course work, or sustained independent study, i.e., which is adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject. 
  • 2 = Basic level - Describe a highly selective up-to-date general collection, including introductory, background and fundamental material and basic reference works, that serve to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. Can include major dictionaries and encyclopedias, selected editions of important works, historical surveys, important bibliographies, and a few major periodicals. 
  • 1= Minimal level - Few selections are made beyond the very basic works.
  • 0= Not collected

Adapted from American Library Association Subcommittee on Guidelines for Collection Development. Guide for Written Collection Policy Statements,  2nd edition, 1989.

APPENDIX B: Deed of Gift

Delaware County Community College Library
901 S. Media Line Rd.Media, PA 19063
(610) 359-5145


Library Services of the Delaware County Community College would like to gratefully acknowledge the following gift from:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Telephone:
  • Description of material(s):
  • Signature of Library Services Director:
  • Date:


APPENDIX C: Statement on Appraisal of Gifts

This statement was developed by the Committee on Manuscripts Collections of the Rare Books and Manuscripts section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The ACRL Board of Directors adopted the statement on February 1, 1973.

  • 1. The appraisal of gifts to a library for tax purposes generally is the responsibility of the donor since it is the donor who benefits from the tax deduction. Generally, the cost of the appraisal should be borne by the donor.
  • 2. The Library should at all times protect the interests of its donors as best it can and should suggest the desirability of appraisals whenever such a suggestion would be in order.
  • 3. To protect both its donors and itself, the Library as an interested party, ordinarily should not appraise gifts made to it. It is recognized, however, that on occasion, the Library may wish to appraise small gifts, since many of them are not worth the time and expense an outside appraisal requires. Generally, however, the Library will limit its assistance to the donor to: a. Provide donor with information such as auction records and dealers' catalogsb. Give suggestions of appropriate professional appraisers who might be consulted;c. Prove administrative and processing services which would assist the appraiser in making an accurate evaluation.
  • 4. The acceptance of a gift which has been appraised by a third, disinterested party, does not in any way imply an endorsement of the appraisal by the Library.
  • 5. An archivist, curator, or librarian, if he/she is conscious that as an expert he/she may have to prove his/her competence in court, may properly act as an independent appraiser of library materials. He/she should not in any way suggest that his/her appraisal is endorsed by his/her library (such as by the use of the Library's letterhead) and should not ordinarily act in this fashion (except when handling small gifts) if his/her institution is to receive the donation.



Appendix D: Criteria for Deselection 

(In no particular order) 

  • Availability of space
  • Consortia availability
  • Holdings by other libraries
  • Circulation statistics
  • Copyright date
  • Physical condition
  • Indexing
  • Relevancy to curriculum
  • Changes in technology
  • Faculty input
  • Multiple Copies
  • Duplication of Content



Appendix E: Criteria for Selection of Current Textbooks

(In no particular order)

  • Required text for core courses
  • Multiple sections of the course
  • Requested by faculty
  • Requested by students directly or through library staff 
  • Circulation statistics from previous editions
  • Heavy Use


Appendix F: Serials Retention

The Library Service’s Periodical collection provides up-to-date information to the college community for their research needs. These guidelines dictate which journals are kept in storage and for how long.



  • Normally, store back issues for 2 full years (with exceptions)
  • Nursing journals are kept for 5 years because of accreditation requirements
  • Titles indexed in databases but with NO full-text
  • Titles where embargo period is more than 1 years
  • Journals needed for specialized accredited programs (ex: JAAMT- Journal of the American Association for Medical Transcription)
  • Titles with delayed publication (ex: Studies in Short Fiction- if the most current issue is 2008, keep 2006 and 2007 in blue storage bin and 2008 on shelf) 
  • Titles with local information (ex: Philadelphia Magazine)

Do not Store:

  • Titles with recreational reading value only (except those of local interest)
  • Titles available full-text in an online database (ex: Ebsco)
  • Titles received on microfilm
  • Non-indexed titles 


  • Type labels with journal title and year(s) and affix on blue storage box
  • Remove back titles from the current shelves and place in the blue containers (procedure to take place during August)
  • Bundle discarded titles for “wish list”

Example: Chemical & Engineering News (abstracted in Ebsco but not full-text)   In Aug. 2005, discard all print issues prior to 2002 (Keep 2003 and 2004 in storage). Keep Jan.-Aug. 2005 on shelf. At least 2 full years are available.


  • Special issues (especially of future historical value) will be retained

Example: the reporting of 9/11 in Time and Newsweek in 2001.


Appendix G: Collection Development Plan for Nursing and Allied Health

I. Purpose 

The Library Service’s Collection supports the academic programs in Nursing and Allied Health. The collection includes materials to meet user needs related to clinical practice, academic research (not original research), and certification. The collection also serves to provide materials dealing with consumer health of interest to the college community at large.

II. Scope

Only publications in English will be collected and those aimed at an American audience. The focus is on current healthcare practice; a minimum of historical and biographical materials are collected.

III. Types of Materials

The reference collection includes handbooks, manuals, directories, atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and study guides for licensing examinations. DVDs and CDs are also collected and housed on the Reserve shelf in the Learning Commons.

The following tools are used to identify relevant monographs, serials, web sites, and electronic databases: 

  • “Books of the Year” American Journal of Nursing (publishedannually, January issue).  


  • Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (12 X/year)
  • Online book distributors such as Rittenhouse.Publisher web sites.


  • Materials are acquired to support the curricular offerings in the health sciences with the purpose of applying basic biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences to clinical situations. The collection includes assessment and diagnosis, bioethics, care of the elderly, evidence-based practice, holistic medicine, informatics, childbirth education, palliative treatment, transcultural nursing, and use of the internet. Most applicable titles are in the R-RZ section. Additional titles related to the health sciences are held in the following classifications: BF; HQ; HV; QM; QP; KF.
  • An ongoing objective is to assemble a ready-reference collection that provides students with basic information on diagnoses, treatment, etiology, drug and therapeutic intervention for their referenced research paper as well as their clinical experiences.


  • Usually annually in spring with input from faculty.


  • The current subscriptions reflect selections based on reputation, curricular offerings, student and faculty demand, and mention in core lists.  
  • Issues are retained for 5 years.


  • Library Services provides remote access to CINAHL, Health Source: Consumer Edition via Ebsco; Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition via Ebsco; Magill’s Medical Guide; Medline via Ebsco; OVID (Ovid Nursing Community College Basic Journal Collection); PubMed and Wiley Online.
  • PubMed’s free index (with DCCC’s logo attached online for our holdings) is available. A robust interlibrary loan procedure is available for the citations without our logo.


LC ClassSubjectLevel
RA Public aspects of Medicine 2
RB Pathology 2
RC Internal Medicine 2
RG Obstetrics & Gynecology 2
RJ Pediatrics 2
RT Nursing 2

All other R subject headings are collected at level 1.

  • 1- minimal level
  • 2- basic
  • 3- instructional support- introductory level

Developed by Carol Videon, 4/06
Revised March 2012



Appendix H: Conspectus

Library of Congress Classification Outline


0 Subclass AC Collections. Series. Collected Works.
1 Subclass AE Encyclopedias.
1 Subclass AG Dictionaries and other general reference works.
0 Subclass AI Indexes.
0 Subclass AM Museums. Collectors and collecting.
1 Subclass AN Newspapers.
1 Subclass AP Periodicals.
0 Subclass AS Academies and learned societies.
1 Subclass AY Yearbooks. Almanacs. Directories.
0 Subclass AZ History of scholarship and learning.



1 Subclass B Philosophy (General)
1 Subclass BC  Logic
0 Subclass BD Speculative philosophy
2 Subclass BF Psychology
0 Subclass BH Aesthetics
1 Subclass BJ Ethics
2 Subclass BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
1 Subclass BM Judaism
1 Subclass BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc...
1 Subclass BQ Buddhism
1 Subclass BR Christianity
1 Subclass BS The Bible
0 Subclass BT Doctrinal Theology
0 Subclass BV Practical Theology
0 Subclass BX Christian Denominations



1 Subclass C Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
1 Subclass CB History of Civilization
0 Subclass CC Archaeology
0 Subclass CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals.
0 Subclass CE Technical Chronology. Calendar
0 Subclass CJ Numismatics
0 Subclass CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy.
0 Subclass CR Heraldry
0 Subclass CS Genealogy
1 Subclass CT Biography



1 Subclass D History (General)
1 Subclass DA Great Britain
1 Subclass DAW Central Europe
1 Subclass DB Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary - Czechoslovakia
1 Subclass DC France - Andorra - Monaco
1 Subclass DD Germany
1 Subclass DE Greco-Roman World
1 Subclass DF Greece
1 Subclass DG Italy - Malta
1 Subclass DH Low Countries - Benelux Countries
1 Subclass DP Spain and Portugal
1 Subclass DS Asia
1 Subclass DT Africa
0 Subclass DX Gypsy



Class E
2 11-143 America
2 151-889 United States
Class F
2 1-975 United States local history
1 1001-1145.2 British America (including Canada)
0   Dutch America
1 1170 French America
1 1201-3799 Latin America. Spanish America



1 Subclass G Geography (General)
0 Subclass GA Mathematical geography
1 Subclass GB Physical geography
1 Subclass GC Oceanography
1 Subclass GE Environmental Sciences
1 Subclass GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
1 Subclass GN Anthropology
1 Subclass GR Folklore
1 Subclass GT Manners and customs (General)
1 Subclass GV Recreation. Leisure



2 Subclass H Social sciences (General)
1 Subclass HA Statistics
1 Subclass HB Economic theory. Demography
1 Subclass HC Economic history and conditions
2 Subclass HD Industries. Land use. Labor
1 Subclass HE Transportation and communications
2 Subclass HF Commerce
1 Subclass HG Finance
1 Subclass HJ Public finance
2 Subclass HM Sociology (General)
2 Subclass HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
2 Subclass HQ The family. Marriage. Women
1 Subclass HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
2 Subclass HT Communities. Classes. Races
2 Subclass HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
1 Subclass HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism


1 Subclass J General legislative and executive papers
1 Subclass JA Political science (General)
1 Subclass JC Political theory
0 Subclass JF Political institutions and public administration
0 Subclass JJ Political institutions and public administration (North America)
2 Subclass JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
0 Subclass JL Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc...)
0 Subclass JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
0 Subclass JQ Political institutions and public administration
(Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc...)
1 Subclass JS Local government. Municipal government.
1 Subclass JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration.
0 Subclass JX International law, see JZ and KZ (obsolete)
2 Subclass JZ International relations



1 Subclass K Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence
0 Subclass KB Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence
0 Subclass KBM Jewish law
0 Subclass KPB Islamic law
0 Subclass KBR History of canon law
0 Subclass KBU Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy See
0 Subclass KD-KDK United Kingdom and Ireland
0 Subclass KE Canada
2 Subclass KF United States
0 Subclass KG Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
0 Subclass KH South America
0 Subclass KJ-KKZ Europe
0 Subclass KL-KWX Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antartica
0 Subclass KZ Law of nations



2 Subclass L Education (General)
1 Subclass LA History of Education
2 Subclass LB Theory and practice of education
2 Subclass LC Special aspects of education
1 Subclass LD Individual institutions - United States
0 Subclass LE Individual institutions - America (except United States)
0 Subclass LF Individual institutions - Europe
0 Subclass LG Individual institutions - Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands,
Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
0 Subclass LH College and school magazines and papers
1 Subclass LJ Student fraternities and societies, United States
0 Subclass LT Textbooks



1 Subclass M Music
1 Subclass ML Literature on music
1 Subclass MT Musical instruction and study



2 Subclass N Visual arts
1 Subclass NA Architecture
1 Subclass NB Sculpture
1 Subclass NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
2 Subclass ND Painting
2 Subclass NE Print media
1 Subclass NK Decorative arts
2 Subclass NX Arts in general



1 Subclass P Linguistics
1 Subclass PA Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature
1 Subclass PB Modern languages. Celtic languages
1 Subclass PC Romanic languages
0 Subclass PD Germanic languages. Scandinavia languages
2 Subclass PE English language
0 Subclass PF West Germanic languages
0 Subclass PG Slavic languages. Baltic languages. Albanian language
0 Subclass PH Uralic languages. Basque language
1 Subclass PJ Oriental language and literatures
1 Subclass PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
1 Subclass PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
1 Subclass PM Hyperborean, Indian, and artificial languages
2 Subclass PN Literature (General)
1 Subclass PQ French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portugese literature
2 Subclass PR English literature
2 Subclass PS American literature
1 Subclass PT German literature - Dutch literature - Flemish literature 18 30 -
Afrikaans literature - Scandinavian literature -
Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian - 
Modern Icelandic literature - Faroese literature - Danish literature -
Norwegian literature - Swedish literature 
1 Subclass PZ Fiction and juvenile belles lettres


CLASS Q – Science

1 Subclass Q Science (General)
1 Subclass QA Mathematics
1 Subclass QB Astronomy
1 Subclass QC Physics
1 Subclass QD Chemistry
1 Subclass QE Geology
1 Subclass QH Natural history - Biology
1 Subclass QK Botany
1 Subclass QL Zoology
2 Subclass QM Human Anatomy
2 Subclass QR Microbiology



2 Subclass R Medicine (General)
2 Subclass RA Public aspects of medicine
2 Subclass RB Pathology
2 Subclass RC Internal medicine
1 Subclass RD Surgery
1 Subclass RE Ophthalmology
1 Subclass RF Otorhinolaryngology - ear, nose, and throat
2 Subclass RG Gynecology and obstetrics
2 Subclass RJ Pediatrics
1 Subclass RK Dentistry
1 Subclass RL Dermatology
2 Subclass RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
1 Subclass RS Pharmacy and materia medica
2 Subclass RT Nursing
1 Subclass RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
1 Subclass RX Homeopathy
1 Subclass RZ Other symptoms of medicine



1 Subclass S Agriculture (General)
1 Subclass SB Architecture
1 Subclass SD Forestry
1 Subclass SF Animal Culture
1 Subclass SH Aquaculture.  Fisheries. Angling
1 Subclass SK Hunting sports



1 Subclass T Technology (General)
1 Subclass TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering
1 Subclass TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering.
1 Subclass TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
0 Subclass TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavement
0 Subclass TF Railroad engineering and operation
0 Subclass TG Bridge engineering
1 Subclass TH Building Construction
1 Subclass TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
1 Subclass TK Electrical engineering. Electronic. Nuclear engineering
1 Subclass TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
1 Subclass TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
1 Subclass TP Chemical technology
1 Subclass TR Photography
1 Subclass TS Manufactures
1 Subclass TT Handicrafts. Arts and crafts
1 Subclass TX Home economics



1 Subclass U Military science (General)
1 Subclass UA Armies: Organization, distribution, military situation
1 Subclass UB Military administration
0 Subclass UC Maintenance and transportation
0 Subclass UD Infantry
0 Subclass UE Cavalry. Armor
1 Subclass UF Artillery
1 Subclass UG Military engineering. Air forces
0 Subclass UH Other services



1 Subclass V Naval science (General)
1 Subclass VA Navies: organization, distribution, naval situation
1 Subclass VB Naval administration
0 Subclass VC Naval maintenance
0 Subclass VD Naval seamen
0 Subclass VE Marines
0 Subclass VF Naval ordnance
0 Subclass VG Minor services of navies
1 Subclass VK Navigation. Merchant marine
1 Subclass VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering.



1 Subclass Z Books (General).  Writing.  Paleography.  
Book industries and trade    Libraries.  Bibliography
1 Subclass ZA Information resources (General)