The library will collect materials in appropriate formats. Although content is the main criterion for selection, format is also a major factor. Increasingly, the same content may be published in more than one format, making clear guidelines about format preferences essential.
A major, ongoing format shift is the move from physical to virtual resources. Therefore, information found in electronic sources, both acquired and freely available, increasingly has an impact on the physical collection. Electronic resources may offer numerous benefits such as:
Electronic resources may, however, entail complications or drawbacks in areas such as:
The library will monitor both the College and external information environments and adjust its format preferences as needed in order to remain responsive to user needs and make best use of the collections budget.
Some general format considerations include: