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Collection Development Policy
Golden Library's primary function is to support ENMU's teaching and learning mission. Library holdings consist of a basic liberal arts collection with emphasis in education, humanities, history, science and business. Electronic indexes, eBooks and interlibrary loan provide access to other collections. The library maintains a number of special collections, the largest being the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Collection. The library is a selective depository for the U.S. government and the state of New Mexico.
The library builds and maintains the collection according to curricular content and needs. All material purchased with library funds becomes library property and is available to all members of the university community. Discipline-specific purchase recommendations are the responsibility of the faculty and each department selects a departmental library representative to coordinate the recommendations. A professional librarian is assigned as a liaison for each department and works directly with the departmental representative.
Golden Library divides its acquisitions fund into general library expenditures and departmental funds. Departmental funds are allocated based upon a formula that considers semester credit hours, enrollment, and the relative cost of materials in each discipline. Departmental funds are released to library liaisons who have responsibility for final purchasing decisions.
All new faculty are eligible to request a limited amount from this discretionary fund. For questions regarding the library's collection development policies, please contact Michele Wood, or by phone at at 575.562.2644.
To recommend a book or media purchase, use the Acquisitions Request Form on the library home page. After approval by departmental representatives, request forms are sent to the designated library liaisons. Faculty are notified when items are available for use. Requests for purchases are processed in the order they are received. Rush orders needed for a specific course, by a specific date, will be given priority.
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