Library Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Library’s mission is to support and reflect the mission of the institution. The library offers students, faculty and staff access to a diverse collection of print and non-print resources. The holdings support the curriculum while also collecting material that falls between or across disciplines that have curricular value. The library acquires, organizes and makes available materials in the areas of art, design, art history, and  maintains a core collection materials in all liberal arts disciplines, regardless of curricular emphasis. In addition, the library makes available materials for general reference and information outside of the areas of academic instruction, providing a general information resource for the college.

Collection Development

Collection Responsibility
The development and the maintenance of the library’s collection is the responsibility of the Library Director. Faculty, students and staff requesting material to be added to the collection must complete a Suggest a Purchase form. All requested material is reviewed for its adherence to the library’s selection guidelines and must be approved by the Library Director. It is the Library Director’s responsibility to solicit selections from the faculty in their respective areas of expertise. It is the faculty’s responsibility to monitor their professional literature and to inform the Library Director of assigned textbooks and other materials useful for course requirements as well as materials for students’ research needs.

Collection Selection Guidelines
The library’s mission statement will provide the framework for selection of all formats of resources to be added to the collection. Gifts will be accepted in adherence to the Library Gift Policy. Fulfillment of academic goals and the quality of the content are first considered in making a selection. In addition, the following are also considered: strength of current holdings in a particular area, lasting value of content, appropriateness of level, suitability of format, authority of author, reputation of publisher, cost.

Additional considerations:
• Duplicates are purchased under special considerations determined by the Library Director
• Hardcover copies of books are preferred over paperback
• Current publications will be the majority of selection. In terms of the difficulty and expense of obtaining out-of-print and reprinted material, it is important to spend funds for valuable current publications of long-term worth, thus preventing a future need for retrospective buying.

The library acquires primarily English language reference and research sources. Foreign language titles with exceptional visual images will also be considered.

All historical periods and world geographical locations will be considered for acquisition.

Formats considered for library acquisitions are: hardcopy books, audio-visual, periodicals, electronic devices, software, databases, and serials. Any and all developing technology will be reviewed and considered for further acquisitions.

Collection Weeding
The Library Director periodically reviews the collection to identify any outdated or damaged material and will determine if the material should be withdrawn or replaced. Faculty is encouraged to identify any materials in their area of expertise which they feel are irrelevant.

Intellectual Freedom

“Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.” –ALA Bill of Rights Intellectual Freedom Statement

The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design supports the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights Intellectual Freedom Statement and its statement on Challenged Material. Attempts will be made to acquire material which represents differing opinions on controversial matters. Selection is without partisanship regarding matters of race, sex, religion, or moral philosophy.

In the event that some materials selected are challenged, the following procedures will be followed. The library will not remove any challenged material acquired under present selection policies until a formal review mandates such action.

1. Any person wishing to challenge any library holding may do so by first completing a Reconsideration of Resources Form.

2. The Library Director will analyze the work in terms of the ALA policy on Intellectual Freedom and the library’s current Collection Development Policy.

3. If the complaint is not resolved at this point, the Full-Chairs Council Committee will convene an ad hoc committee to review the work in question. The committee will consist of 1) the Library Director, 2) faculty member(s) representing the subject area most closely related to the work in question, and 3) student representative(s).

4. The complaint will be reviewed by the committee in an open meeting at which time a decision will be made by simple majority. A formal report of the decision will be supplied to the complainant and a copy will be filed in the Library Director’s office.

Library Gifts

The PCA&D Library will accept gifts in accordance with the Library Mission Statement and Collection Development Policy.

The Library Director is not obligated to accept any gift that does not meet the Collection Development Policy. Once a gift is accepted, it becomes the sole property of PCA&D Library. The PCA&D Library Director reserves the right to decide upon the disposition of all gifts received.

• The value of a gift is to be determined by the donor. PCA&D Library encourages the
donor to consider, for their own interest, obtaining an appraisal of the gift’s fair
market value for income tax purposes. The IRS considers the library to be an interested
party; therefore we cannot provide the appraisal or bear its cost. The cost of the
appraisal may be deductible as well. The valuation and/or appraisal should be made
prior to PCA&D Library’s acceptance of the gift.
• An In-Kind Contribution Form should be completed by the donor and returned to the
Library Director for library records. The library director will forward a copy of the
completed In-Kind Contribution Form to the PCA&D Development Office. The PCA&D
Development Office will acknowledge the gift in writing.
• We will adhere to all federal regulations governing Internal Revenue Service
(form #8283) gifts-in-kind.
• Individuals seeking to purchase a new book in memory of a person or event are
asked that you work with the Library Director to select a book that is appropriate to
the collection. The Collection Development Policy governs inclusion of such material
in the collection.
• Placement of material in the library collection is at the discretion of the
Library Director in accordance with current PCA&D Library and Library of Congress
policies and practices.
• Monetary donations are welcomed.

We DO NOT accept:
• Duplicate material already in the PCA&D Library’s collection are usually declined
• Print journals or periodicals are usually declined
• Items in poor physical condition (marked, damaged, or mutilated)
• Items with mold
• Out-of-date texts
• Technical manuals
• Maps
• Material which bears the markings of another library or institution
• Material that requires limitations as a condition of the gift
• Material that requires updating or other ongoing commitments of maintenance