The Collection Development Policy guides and informs Library staff on the development and management of the Library collection, and further informs Victoria University staff and students, and the broader community of the Library resource acquisition aims.
The Victoria University Library is responsible for the provision of convenient access to learning resources such as published, printed materials, electronic publications and other media formats through delivering and maintaining a library collection.
The Policy establishes the principles and guidelines to develop and manage the collection that supports the University’s teaching, learning and research programs, and help provide an exceptional user experience. The Library develops this collection by embracing new and emerging digital trends and technologies and in compliance with TEQSA guidance notes removes barriers of access that might arise for the student.
The principles outlined in section 5 of the Policy include:
- Any Resources added to the collection will preferably be in an electronic (digital) format, where available, striving for seamless anytime, anywhere access across multiple platforms for blended learning delivery.
- Foreign language material will be purchased, although the collection is predominately English language.
- The library will attempt to acquire all the resources listed as required readings for university units. Textbooks are supplied according to a model that balances cost, student numbers and demand for resources.
- All library resources are reviewed based on usage, cost, relevance and space priorities.
- Open Access resources and options are included in the collections, and the Library works collaboratively with both academics and students to advocate and advance adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) by supporting curation, promotion and publishing assistance.
The Library maintains a set of special collections relevant to the mission, engagement and history of the university and will continue to develop these in the areas of:
- Australian History, Literature and Art
- Town Planning and Social Policy
- Australian Left-Wing Political Groups
- Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region
- Union of Australian Women
- Multicultural Studies and Immigration Issues
Collection strengths, beyond the expected undergraduate requirements, have been and will continue to be developed as long as they are required to support University teaching and research. Currently, collection strengths are in the areas of:
- Human movement
- Exercise science
Download the complete text of the Library's Collection Development Guidelines (PDF, 437 KB).