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Public Services: Collection Development

Collection Development Policy

Collection development involves the selection of materials for the Foley Center Library as well as the maintenance of the collection including weeding, replacements, and assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the collection. At Gonzaga collection development is a cooperative venture of the Foley faculty and teaching faculty with the Collection Development Librarian overseeing policy and overall development of the collection. Faculty work with the appropriate library subject bibliographers on collection needs and priorities.

All members of the Gonzaga community are encouraged to recommend titles for inclusion in the collection. Materials selected should reflect the curriculum and disciplines taught at the university with primary emphasis on our undergraduate students. A copy of the Collection Development Policy which details collection history, acquisition and guidelines is available below to download or from the Collection Development Librarian.

Note on Privacy: If you ask the Foley Library to notify you when a requested item arrives, your name will be associated with the title in our records. Although library policy is not divulge the identity of a title's requestor, should a government agency legally require this information we will be forced to supply it. If you do not wish for this information to be available do not fill in the "Requested By" box on the online form. Of course, in this case we will not know who you are and will not be able to notify you when the item is ready to circulate.

Purchasing of library materials is done by the Acquisitions staff of Materials Management.

All questions regarding collection development issues should go to:

Sydney Chambers
Catalgoing Librarian
chambers@gonzaga.edu

Subject Bibliographers

Librarians are available to work with students and faculty on all aspects of library research as well as providing assistance with library resources and services.  Faculty who want to request specific library purchases should contact the librarian/liaison for their department.  Students who need help with a specific research topic should contact the librarian listed for the academic discipline. 

Art - Sydney Chambers


Biology - Nicole Gustavsen 


Business - John Spencer


Chemistry - Nicole Gustavsen


Classical Civilizations - Kelly Rovegno


Communication Studies - Anthony Tardiff


Communication & Leadership Studies - John Spencer


Critical Race & Ethnic Studies -  Shayna Pekala


Digital Humanities - David Kingma


Doctoral Studies - John Spencer


Education - Kelly Jenks


Engineering - Nicole Gustavsen


English - David Kingma


Environmental Studies - Nicole Gustavsen


Hate Studies - Shayna Pekala


History - Anthony Tardiff


Human Physiology - Kelly Jenks


Integrated Media - Anthony Tardiff


International Studies - Sydney Chambers


Math - Nicole Gustavsen


Military Science - Anthony Tardiff


Modern Languages - Sydney Chambers


Music - Kelly Rovegno


Native American Studies - Sydney Chambers


Nursing - Kelly Jenks


Organizational Leadership - John Spencer


Philosophy - David Kingma


Physics - Nicole Gustavsen


Political Science - Sydney Chambers


Psychology - Shayna Pekala


Religious Studies - David Kingma


Sociology - Shayna Pekala


Special Collections & Archives - Kelly Rovegno


Special Education - Kelly Jenks


Theatre and Dance - Kelly Rovegno


Women's and Gender Studies - Shayna Pekala

Request a Purchase

Use the forms below to ask Foley Library to purchase an item. Please review the Collection Development Policy for information about submitting a request. Contact Sydney Chambers with questions about purchases.

Acquisitions and Collection Dev. Librarian