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Materials Management: 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

Liaison Librarians

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

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

Leadership Studies - John Spencer

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