Cuyamaca College Library's collections are sufficient to support faculty and students. Collection Development is defined as the planned purchase of materials in various formats to match the research needs of the students. Most materials selected for quality, depth and currency are based on librarian interactions with students at the reference desk, librarian experience with course assignments, and librarian collaborations with faculty, and Board approved Curriculum changes. Final decisions regarding additions to the collection remain with the Faculty librarians.
One of our Program Review 2018-2022 goal is to investigate and evaluate new emerging library technologies for effective discovery of information (goal 3). Databases are a priority purchase at Cuyamaca Library and it is important to evaluate our database holdings to meet student research needs.
Selection or de-selection of library databases is initiated by the librarian after evaluating: 1) student research assignments, 2) discipline curriculum modifications , and 3) knowledge of the existing collection, 4) feedback from faculty and faculty librarians. Based on evaluation, librarian makes the decision to renew or not renew databases.
Financial restraints and documented user preference for online journals caused Library Faculty to recommend that tthe Library decrease its print periodical collection. Library Faculty, prior to de-selection, also considered the Collection Development Policy guidelines, circulation statistics , and curriculum changes.