MATERIALS: SPECIAL AREAS
The College of New Rochelle
The College of New
Rochelle, founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order, is an independent,
multi-purpose institution serving several diverse student populations. The
Graduate School was established in 1969, the School of New Resources (for
adult learners) in 1972, and the School of Nursing in 1976. The School of
Arts and Sciences enrolls only women; the other three Schools admit both men
and women. Since the founding of The College of New Rochelle it has grown
from one School on one campus, to four Schools with six campuses.
Through its collection and services, Gill Library fully
supports and endorses the mission of the College as stated in the catalogs
of the four Schools.
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The purpose of
this policy statement is to provide guidelines for the selection of library
materials for Gill Library and to communicate these guidelines to all
members of the College community, including library staff, faculty, students
The primary goal of the library is to provide information
resources needed to support the instructional programs of the College. An
effort is made to acquire materials needed for research by faculty and
administrators which will be of long-term value to the College. Informed
selection, in distinction to comprehensiveness, is the major collection
development goal. The library collects at the 2 (basic information) and 3
(instructional support) levels of the Research Libraries Group (RLG)
Conspectus. These levels support all courses of undergraduate study and
masters’ degree programs as well as more advanced independent study needs.
The library seeks to keep current with curriculum changes and
closely monitors trends in advancing library technologies. In response to
these objectives, it is intended that this collection development policy
statement be flexible and reviewed regularly by the library. It is further
intended that this policy statement be limited to general goals of selection
policy and not to specific procedures.
endorses and promotes the American Library Association documents on
intellectual freedom as set forth in
The Library Bill of Rights
The Freedom to Read Statement,
The Intellectual Freedom Principles for
Items will not be removed from the collection at the request of those who
disagree with their content unless it can be shown to be in violation of
this policy statement. The Collection Development Committee reviews all
reported concerns about this policy and makes a recommendation to the Dean,
who makes the final decision on any issues that may arise.
supports the intent of the September 30, 1994 revision of the copyright law,
Title 17 of the United States Code
1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The library retains the right to reject any request if it is judged in
violation of these copyright regulations.
Selection of books and other library materials, including electronic
resources, is based primarily on faculty recommendations and those of
librarians assigned to specific subject areas. All faculty, students and
staff are encouraged to
submit suggestions electronically via
our online catalog which is available from our homepage. Final authority
for selection rests with the Collection Development Librarian in
consultation with the Dean. Factors
influencing selection of both materials and electronic resources are based
on commonly accepted criteria for quality of intellectual content in works
of contemporary significance and/or permanent value as they relate to the
curriculum, to the already existing collection, and to the long-range goals
of the library’s collection development.
Systematic collection development and evaluation insure an
outstanding library collection.
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The Library’s reference collection is designed to meet the
basic research, and information needs of the college community. An attempt
is made to provide basic reference works in subject areas contained in or
overlapping the curriculum areas, as well as those subject fields common to
general information requests. Specialized types of reference materials
collected electronically and in print by Gill Library include:
encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, guides and statistical
sources insofar as they support the coursework of the four Schools of the
College. The library is moving toward more electronic resources in all
In recent years Gill Library has expanded its holdings of databases, eBooks
and World Wide Web resources. The
Serials/Electronic Resources Collection Policy
is located on the Library homepage.
Newspapers and Microformats
Periodicals and serials are
selected to meet the needs of the curricula for all four Schools of the
College. These materials include specific titles related to the
undergraduate and graduate programs of the College and other titles relating
to current affairs and areas of general interest. In addition, the
collection supports the research needs of the faculty and staff.
The newspaper collection
reflects the need for current information on a local and national basis
within the budgetary restraints of the department. Titles in foreign
languages are included to enhance the learning experience for the students.
collection is intended to replace the paper issues of newspapers, to enhance
the runs of titles through the inclusion of back runs, and to supplement
paper copies where heavy usage, loss, and mutilation are incurred. Where
appropriate, other titles are acquired in microforms.
In consultation with the teaching faculty in all subject areas, the library
acquires media in accordance with guidelines established for the selection
of printed materials. Within such guidelines, the library selects or
responds to faculty requests for videocassettes, DVDs, streaming videos, podcasts, webinars and other multi-media
materials as they become available.
Special book collections of Gill Library include the Thomas
More, James Joyce, and Ursuline Collections; also included is a
miscellaneous group of rare or unusual items which comprise the “Special
Collection.” These special book collections were acquired through purchase
and donation and include many pre-1800 imprints and numerous first, signed,
or limited editions. The special book collections are supplemented by
on-going purchase of materials, as well as by gifts. The Thomas More, James
Joyce, and Ursuline Collections are maintained as special-subject book
collections with significant research value. Acquisitions include both new
publications in the subject areas and rarer items which will fill gaps in
the three collections.
The College Archive is the depository of the permanent official
and non-official records of the College. These records have been judged by
the Archivist to be worthy of preservation for their administrative, fiscal,
historical, or legal value. The College Archive promotes knowledge and
understanding of the origins, aims, programs, growth and development of the
College; provides information services to assist the operation of the
College; and serves the purposes of research and scholarship by making its
collections available and encouraging their use.
Collection Policy for the Gill Library Archives and Special Collections
is located on the homepage.
encourages gifts of useful materials with the understanding that the Dean
determines their ultimate disposition. This agreement is to be made known
at the time the gift is accepted. Upon request gifts are acknowledged in
writing with a copy kept in the Dean’s office. Legally the library cannot
provide official appraisals of gifts for tax or inheritance purposes. See
Gifts Policy on the Library homepage.
Given the inherently fragile nature of books and other library
materials and the hazards of environmental conditions (both general and
particular), a major challenge facing all library collections is planning
for long-term conservation/preservation and for unforeseen disasters. Gill
Library holdings have undergone both general and specialized
conservation/preservation surveys. Gill Library is committed to the best
possible conservation/preservation policies and measures appropriate to the
collection, whether it is binding, boxing or digitization of fragile
photographs and documents in the College Archives.
Revised November 2011