The content and character of the North Shore Community College (NSCC) Library collections reflect the enduring values and current priorities of NSCC. Information resources available through the NSCC Library support the current research, teaching, and learning needs of the College. The main priority of the Library collections and resources is to enable academic success, and career and transfer preparation of NSCC students.
Academic innovation, holistic student support, social justice, and future-focused transformation are values that are foundational to the Library’s collection strategies.
The Library recognizes that breadth of materials utilized by NSCC students are more sustainably available by leveraging access over ownership models, including:
The Library collections present materials in the languages used in teaching and learning. General knowledge and subject content is English-language, as well as Spanish-language materials that support content courses taught in Spanish. As recommended by the faculty, language instruction and English as a Second Language (ESL) support materials are available in the languages required for pedagogical purposes.
In most cases, the Library will favor digital access over print/physical media, as it enables both on-campus and remote usage.
However, the Library shall acquire items in print format for the following reasons:
In addition to these print acquisition considerations, the Library will retain existing print materials for the following reasons:
Librarians are primarily responsible for curating collections and resource access for the Library, utilizing the principles outlined in this policy and honoring the values of the College as expressed in the Strategic Plan.
Acquisition is largely be user-driven:
The Library shall review print collections regularly and remove items/access for the following reasons:
Additional consideration shall be given to print and physical items:
Final authority and ultimate responsibility for materials selection and deselection lies with the Director of Learning Commons Services.
The library welcomes gifts and accepts them with the understanding that the materials will be evaluated according to the same standards as items that the library purchases. The donor will be informed at the time of donation that materials will be evaluated, and those deemed not appropriate for the collection will be placed on the free book truck. Inappropriate materials are those that are either duplicates, out-of-date, not relevant to the curriculum, not in the preferred format, or in such disrepair that it would not survive circulation. The library reserves the right to refuse a donation if the donor requires specific conditions, including retrieval from a donor's home, or special shelving requirements. Appraisal of gifts to the Library is the responsibility of the donor. The Library will acknowledge receipt of the gift, but will not provide a monetary valuation statement to the donor for tax or other purposes: IRS rules prohibit NSCC from providing such statements.