Donating Items and Collection Development

Please review this page if you are considering donating items to the library. It also offers the parameters for library material purchasing.

Donating Items to the Library

Please contact library director Teresa Ronning (ronningt@sunyacc.edu) before bringing in items you'd like to donate. The library director will talk to you to ascertain if the material is of acceptable quality, condition and content to be considered to the library's collection. The criteria are listed on this page. 

The library does not appraise items. Establishing value is the responsibility of the donor.

Periodical Collection Development Policy

The SUNY Adirondack Library currently subscribes to almost 200 print magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers, collectively called periodicals.  The collection covers general interests as well as discipline specific titles.  Budgeting and selection of periodicals differ from book purchasing because periodical subscriptions represent an ongoing commitment in terms of cost, ongoing maintenance and space.

The following criteria are considered when evaluating print periodical titles for acquisition or cancelation:

  • enrichment of the curriculum of the college
  • present use of this or other periodicals in a subject area
  • projected future use
  • price as well as projected availability of funds
  • reputation of journal
  • inclusion in a currently-subscribed periodical database
  • duration of the library’s subscription.

SUNY Adirondack Library Collection Development Policy

The process of material selection at a library is called collection development.  

The objectives of the SUNY Adirondack Library's collection development policy are:

  • to support the college’s core curriculum,
  • maintain the existing collection and
  • meet the research and information needs of the college community. 

The ultimate responsibility for selection rests with the librarians. Faculty recommendations are also essential to help maintain the currency of the collection because of their special expertise in specific disciplines.

Selection should be in accordance with the library’s mission, bearing in mind the requirements of each academic program, as well as diverse learning and teaching styles. When selecting acquisitions, librarians consider the following:

  • enrichment of the curriculum of the college
  • appropriate academic level
  • professional journal reviews (Choice, Library Journal, others)
  • authority and competence in presentation
  • contemporary significance
  • format
  • permanent value
  • relation to existing collection
  • scarcity of information in subject area
  • price

Weeding the Collection

The librarians regular de-select materials, or "weed," using the same criteria. Sections of the circulating collection are reviewed and weeded regularly as part of the collection's ongoing maintenance. This not only makes room for new books purchased by librarians, but also ensures that the library's collection is as relevant and useful to students as possible. Librarians will de-select older books that have been replaced with more current information, have not been borrowed in recent years, are not related to current courses, are in poor condition, do not fit within the scope of a community college library, or are now available through online databases.

Donating Textbooks

The SUNY Adirondack Library will accept donations of used textbooks in excellent condition. If the textbooks are currently used in courses, they may be put on reserve for those courses. Students may borrow reserve items at the circulaton desk to use in the library.

It's a great way to recycle textbooks, and students taking the courses in the future will greatly appreciate your donation. Please include the course name and number, your name and contact information, and the semesters the course is offered. Talk to a librarian for details. 

Requesting Library Book Purchases

SUNY Adirondack faculty, as subject experts, share the responsibility of ensuring that the library has appropriate and sufficient quality resources for student research. Faculty consult with their subjects' liaison librarians at the SUNY Adirondack Library to request quality materials for the library.