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Mary Linden Sepulveda

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Mary Sepulveda

Coordinator of Collection Development, Special Collections & Archives

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Criteria differs from one subject area to another, but in general the following factors should be considered in the decision to purchase a library resource:

  • Relevance to curriculum.
  • Cost of the resource, including the possibility of maintenance fees and inflation.
  • Degree of specialization; e.g. is the resource likely to serve multiple disciplines or a more narrow range of users.
  • Intended audience (scholarly vs. popular; graduate vs. undergraduate, etc.).
  • Projected need based on use patterns of similar material already in the collection.
  • Reputation and authority of publisher and/or author.