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Curriculum Center: Policies & Procedures


Length of Checkout

Replacement Policy

Collection Development Policy

Acquisition and Discard

Criteria



Length of Checkout

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Initial checkout is for 2 weeks.

  • Items may be renewed for an additional 2 weeks: Items may be renewed online the first time if there are no unpaid fines or overdue items, and there is not a Hold on the item. Items must be renewed in person the second time.

  • NOTE: Books with Reserve or Reference stickers may NOT be checked out.


Alumni and Guest Users
  • Guest User card must be presented at checkout. Guest User Cards are purchased at the Hekman Library.

  • Initial checkout period for most items is two weeks; a VHS or DVD is one week.

  • Items may be renewed for an additional 2 weeks: Items may be renewed online the first time if there are no unpaid fines or overdue items, and there is not a Hold on the item.

  • Items must be renewed in person the second time.

  • Checkout up to a total of 10 items.

  • Checkout up to 2 items of a set (such as from a series of books, set of videotapes or dvds, etc.).

  • Checkout up to 5 items of the same topic (such as Christmas, Easter, Shakespeare, etc.).

  • User policies not addressed here are the same as the policies of the Hekman Library.

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Replacement Policy

The cost to replace items because of loss or damage is a minimum of $50. See the Hekman Library Lost Book Policy for details.

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Collection Development Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline procedures and criteria for the development of the Curriculum Center collection.

Development of the collection is focused upon textbooks and text-related material, instructional methods information, and supplementary instructional aids. The target patron groups are students in the Teacher Education Program and Calvin College instructors.

The collection shall be developed to provide a balance between enduring, traditional subjects/topics and more contemporary themes. Determination of this balance shall be made individually for each subject/topic area.

Responsibility for selection of materials resides with personnel who are familiar with courses of study, methods of teaching, and ability/needs of the target patron groups. Faculty participation is essential in facilitating the development of a useful collection. Recommendation or endorsement by two of these professionals is required for acquisition or discard of any material. Curriculum Center Staff will strive to initiate and stimulate faculty input. Areas which are not covered by faculty expertise are maintained by Curriculum Center Staff.

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Acquisition and Discard

Maintenance of the collection, through acquisition and discard, is constant. The goal of the evaluation process is to cover the entire collection every five years. This process is also intended to indicate the strength or weakness of each area.

The value and retention of older materials shall be determined individually in each subject/topic area.  Issues such as: "necessary historical perspective vs. a current & working collection" and "a timeless classic vs. old junk" will be answered through careful consideration of relevant criteria. The requester(s) of each LC title will be contacted at an appropriate interval of years to make determinations concerning the continued retention or discard of the title.

The most recent edition of each textbook and accompanying teacher's edition, student workbook, etc. shall be acquired automatically.

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Criteria

  1. Is it rated by review sources?
  2. Is it accurate?
  3. Is it relevant?
  4. Is the information current/timely/outdated?
  5. Is it consistent with purpose of collection?
  6. Is it significant in educational, social, or artistic value?
  7. Is it appropriate in organization/length?
  8. Is the treatment imaginative and creative?
  9. Is it objective or is it biased/prejudiced/sexist/stereotyped?
  10. Does it supply perceived or demonstrated need?
  11. Is it rarely used or well-liked?
  12. Is the media format appropriate for the information?
  13. Is it durable & sturdy construction?
  14. Is the physical condition sturdy or does it show wear?
  15. What is its age/publication date?
  16. What is the cost* of purchase/cataloging/processing?

* Cataloging costs to assign the LC number can run from $25 for a book to $60 for a kit. This does not include the expense of processing and labeling the material for checkout.

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