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 play more emphasis on online resources in order to keep the academicians abreast of the information using the latest cutting edge technology. The AUM Library’s resources support the teaching and research activities of the AUM. The collection is primarily focused on the curriculum 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 basic resources at the outset. 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.
We base all acquisitions, both purchased and donated on the following:
- Importance/relevance to the curriculum
- Contribution to depth or breadth of collection
- Faculty recommendation
- Demand by user
- Adequacy of scope
- Physical quality
- Various formats
- Receiving suggestions from faculty members, staffs, and students.
- Publisher’s catalogs
- Books reviews and announcements
- New addition list from selected universities in the country and abroad.
- Books received from vendors on an 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 the observation of the staff members.
- Curriculum related as suggested by faculty.
- Demand by the users.
Faculty members/staff and students can suggest purchase of print and digital materials for the library through library catalogue. Patrons have to login with their AUM username and password to their account and choose Purchase suggestions option.
Only the title is required, but the more information you enter the easier it will be for the librarians to find the title you're requesting.
After receiving purchase suggestion library evaluates suggestion on following criteria:
- Library will check if the book is available in existing library print and electronic collections.
- Library will evaluate the book according to its library collection development policy.
- Patrons will receive an email when the library processes their suggestion.