The primary focus in the development and maintenance of Greenwood Library's collections is to support learning, teaching, and research at Longwood University. It also takes into account the mission and goals of the University while being responsive to the changing needs of a dynamic institution.
The Library’s collections consist of over 280,000 print volumes, nearly 40,000 print and online serials, and 50,000 audiovisual items, including DVDs, CDs, and streaming videos. The Library has acquired a number of online materials, including some 330,000 electronic books and almost 300 databases (more than half of which are provided by VIVA, the state-supported consortium of higher education institutions in Virginia). In addition, the Library can obtain resources not available in its collections from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
The Janet D. Greenwood Library adheres to the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries, and the American Film and Video Association’s Freedom to View Statement.
Library funds are used for current and retrospective purchases to build a balanced collection that supports the academic mission of the University. Given the size of the University and the finite resources allocated to the library, it is impossible to provide all the materials that may be necessary or desirable. Therefore, in selecting materials, the following priorities apply (in descending order):
Generally, the following considerations are made for all materials selected for inclusion in the Library collections:
In addition, the Library
Collection management refers to the systematic evaluation of the resources contained in both the print collection and in non-print formats. Ongoing review of library materials is necessary as a means of ensuring that the collection meets the current needs and interests of users. Typically, no more than one copy of each item is retained, unless a subject specialist in that area indicates a need for multiple copies.
Materials withdrawn from the library collection are processed by:
Liaison Librarians are responsible for developing and evaluating collections in assigned subject areas. Faculty are strongly encouraged to share in the selection of materials by recommending materials in their subject area. Although they may concentrate on those areas of the collection which corresponds to their liaison assignments, librarians may select or withdraw in all areas since they are in the best position to observe the overall quality and balance in the collection and are daily faced with the demands and needs of the clientele.