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Collection Development Policy: Digital content

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

A digital collection includes digital content available in various formats that are either born digital or have been digitised (Xie and Matusiak, 2016). School library collections include various digital resources, which need to be accounted for in collection policies to ensure relevant, high quality digital information is available for staff and students. The digital collection in my library requires additional coverage in the collection development policy. Specific areas that need to be addressed include; selection criteria, types of material and formats, software and platforms, acquisition and processing, organisation and managing, access and statistics, copyright, value, licensing and cost (Chan and Spodick, 2015). These areas must be addressed in the context of e-Books, online subscriptions to databases and journals, websites and apps. At present, our collection management policy only identifies websites and databases; therefore, many areas of our digital collection are neglected in the policy.


Chan, D. L. H., & Spodick, E. F. (2015). Transforming libraries from physical to virtual. In D. Baker & W. Evans (Eds.), Digital information strategies: From applications and content to libraries and people (pp. 103-116). Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.

Xie, I., & Matusiak, K. K. (2016). Discover digital libraries: Theory and practice.

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