Section I - Introduction
Section I-1 Credits - Revised August 2012
When this project began in May of 1998, a Collection Development Policy was already in place; however, this original policy was in need of updating. A Collection Development Committee, consisting of all library managers and the assistant director, was appointed to update the Policy. Mikki Thomas, Pam Boger, Assistant Director, and Lori Kirchoff, Technical Services Manager completed the final proofing of the document. The latest review and revision has been completed by library managers Ara Anderson, Pat Brose, Sue Knesel, Mandy Quarders, and Rebecca Steffen in August 2012.
The document was written in third person for consistency. The Gregg Reference Manual 8th Edition was used as the reference tool. Every attempt was made to make this document accurate and consistent in both grammar and voice. Commonly agreed upon definitions used in this document are listed in Appendix B.
The primary goal of this policy is to present an official statement of the Campbell County Public Library Systems commitment to a collection that attempts to meet the needs of the public it serves. It serves both to guide the Library and to inform the public about the principles upon which selection and maintenance decisions are made. The scope of the collection is intended to offer a choice of format, treatment, and level of difficulty so that needs of individual library users can be met.
By state statute, funding for the purchase of the majority of county library materials is appropriated by the County Commissioners from tax monies collected. Although inconsistent, funding may also be received through 1¢ monies, donations, the Library Foundation, Inc., or other granting bodies.
Library department managers, with guidance from library administration, prepare annual budget requests for materials. Proposed budget figures undergo three levels of review: 1) Library Director; 2) Library Board; 3) Campbell County Commissioners.
Campbell County is located in the northeastern part of Wyoming. The Library is over 100 miles from major communities or larger public libraries. As of January 2011, this large rural area has a population of 46,618 people in the county. The median age is 31.8 years. (Data obtained from the United States Census Bureau, American Fact Finder).
The predominant industries are open pit coal mining, the oil and gas industry, railroads, and agriculture. The service industries supported include business, county agencies, and education.
A percentage of the population is involved in the pursuit of higher education offered locally through outreach services and a community college. Campbell County Public Library System does not pursue the role of an academic library, but plays a role as facilitator in providing service to community college students and upper level outreach students.
The population is also served by the Wright Branch Library in southern Campbell County.
Collection Development Policy