The American Library Association's policy statement entitled, "Standard for American Libraries," has been a guide for Maag Library. The following policy is based on that statement and has long been the base upon which Maag Library collections have been developed.
The Library collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, documents, newspapers, maps, microforms, on-line databases and other materials must be constituted as to give effective strength and support to the educational programs within the institution. The collection should be easily accessible. In addition to the materials related directly or indirectly to the curriculum, the collection should contain the standard works which represent the heritage of civilization. These works should be continuously supplemented by a wide variety of books which combine timelessness with enduring value, chosen to arouse the intellectual curiosity of students and to satisfy their recreational needs. The periodical subscriptions list should be well balanced and carefully chosen to meet the requirements of students for collateral course reading, to provide for the research needs of advanced students and faculty, to keep the faculty informed on developments in their fields, and to afford thought-provoking general and recreational reading. The right of the librarian and the faculty to select books and other materials, representing all sides of controversial issues must be safeguarded by the institution, and any attempts at censorship from whatever sources or for whatever reasons must be resisted.
Periodicals. Once a department periodical renewal cost exceeds it total allocation, new subscriptions will not be placed until the department chairman and department library committee have met with the Executive Director to assess the situation. The cognizant academic dean shall be apprised of the situation.
Out-of-print acquisitions. Academic departments may wish to purchase out-of-print items to build the retrospective holdings. These purchases are usually expensive and justify caution.
On-line databases. Databases are reviewed and initiated within OhioLINK committees. Local databases may be added to Maag Library upon the recommendation of the Executive Director.
Gift of books, collections, and materials to Maag Library. The Executive Director, the Acquisitions/Collections Librarian and the Technical Services Librarian are all authorized to accept books, special collections, extensive collections, periodicals, and similar items for addition to the Maag Library to acknowledge acceptance on behalf of the University. Should a donation offered to the William F. Maag Jr., Library require a significant commitment of resources (e.g. a special collection which must be housed and provided special protection, or a collection of personal papers which must be cataloged) the matter shall be handled in the same manner as other gifts to the University. The University Library Committee in conjunction with the Executive Director will determine whether such a gift is accepted into Maag's Library's collection.