The focus of library acquisitions is first and foremost in support of the AIMC Berkeley curricula. Collection criteria are as follows:
1) All items ordered must have relevance to courses offered at AIMC Berkeley. Selection decisions, in order of priority, reflect:
a. resources that directly support studies in required classes.
b. supplemental resources to enhance depth of knowledge in fields relevant to studies and specialty areas at the college.
2) Acquisitions suggestions are recruited from faculty and students, and current titles in the field are continually researched and evaluated for relevance to the collection.
3) Faculty requests for items to be included in collections are acquired in support of coursework.
4) Student requests are clarified by evaluating the contents for authority, accuracy, currency, and relevance, in consortium with faculty specialists in the field.
5) All collection donations are accepted with options for acknowledging the giver and tax write-offs. Donations are then inspected for quality and relevance in the field, and expert opinion is recruited from faculty specializing in the subject area of each questionable item.
1) The library committee, consisting of students, faculty and OM trained administration, periodically evaluates all collections for currency, accuracy, and relevance. The committee determines and suggests collection transfers (i.e. shifting a book from reference to the circulating collection) or deselection. The librarian then evaluates the recommendations according to specific criteria as designated in LRC policy documentation to arrive at the final transfer or deselection outcomes.