Collection Development Policy
The AUM Library holds a hybrid collection of printed as well electronic resources which include books, journals, databases, audio-visuals, CDs/DVDs, e-books, e-journals, reports, conference proceedings, training manuals, etc. We focus on online resources in order to keep our faculty and students abreast of the latest in scientific advancement. AUM Library resources support the teaching and research activities in its respective colleges and departments. The resources made available are chosen based on the curricula offered by the University.
The AUM Library gives priority to purchasing books, which meet the curricular needs of the students, faculty, and researchers, including modules papers, collateral reading, and class assignments. We pay special attention to new programs in order to maintain and make available the required resources. We procure three to five copies of all the essential and recommended reading lists, out of which one is kept for reference and the rest are made available for open access.
Acquisitions of both purchased and donated include all formats and are made based on the following:
- Importance/relevance to the curriculum
- Contribution to depth or breadth of the collection
- Faculty recommendation
- Demand by user
- Adequacy of scope
- Physical quality
- Receiving suggestions from faculty members, staffs, and students
- Publisher’s catalogs
- Book reviews and announcements
- New addition list from selected universities in the country and abroad
- Books received from vendors on approval basis
- Book exhibitions
We base decisions to procure a duplicate copy of books and other readings on the following criteria:
- Resource usage as indicated by the Library automation system or through staff members observation
- Curriculum related as suggested by faculty
- Demand by the users
Faculty members/staff and students can suggest the purchase of print and digital materials for the library through the library catalogue. Users can login to their account using their AUM username and password and choose Purchase suggestions option.
The page requires the title only, but the more information you enter the easier it will be for the librarian to find the suggested resource.
After receiving purchase suggestion library staff evaluate the suggestion based on the following criteria:
- Library staff check for book availability in the existing library print and electronic collections.
- Library staff evaluate the book according to its library collection development policy.
- Patrons will receive an email when library staff processes their suggestion.