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University of Texas Libraries Collecting Levels



As a part of its charge, the Collection Development Committee (1989-90) was assigned the task of implementing some of the aspects of the North American Collections Inventory Project (NCIP) Conspectus. The committee stated that, at present, the most expedient step toward that end is to correlate the collecting levels in our Collection Development Policy (CDP) with the collecting levels of the Conspectus/NCIP.

It was recommended that bibliographers use the following equivalencies:

CDP COLLECTING LEVEL CONSPECTUS LEVEL/NCIP
Excluded 0
A 1 or 2
B 2 or 3
C or D
3 or 4
E 5

LEVEL 3 can support Master's programs, including some/most research at that level. LEVEL 4 should be assigned only if pertinent foreign-language materials are included in the collection. Conspectus levels are used to designate current collecting intensity. Continued collecting at the designated intensity would produce, over time, the kinds of collections described. Bibliographers were instructed to describe the collecting intensity anticipated with a moderate increase in the amount of funding.

CDP LEVELS

A. MINIMAL LEVEL:
Indicates that only highly selective purchases-- usually materials either for reference use, general interest, or for the support of a very specific research need-will be made.

B. INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL:
Indicates that standard works and selected current works will be required to support undergraduate and most graduate instruction or sustained independent study. This will include reference and fundamental bibliographic tools pertaining to the subject and a selection of representative journals. Retrospective purchasing is usually limited to standard works.

C. GENERAL RESEARCH LEVEL:
Indicates that the library will acquire most of the materials required to support research through the doctoral degree level and the general research needs of the faculty. Allows for retrospective purchasing depending upon the characteristics and needs of the individual disciplines and their state of development in the collection.

D. COMPREHENSIVE LEVEL:
Indicates that all currently-published relevant material will be acquired. Involves extensive programs of retrospective purchasing and searching for lacunae.

E. INTENSIVE LEVEL:
Indicates the library will strive to acquire all appropriate current and retrospective written or recorded materials in all languages, editions, translations, and formats; manuscripts and other archival materials are acquired extensively. This level is appropriate for the creation or maintenance of a collection serving as a national bibliographic resource.