The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the evaluation, selection, and management of all content in the collections of the Robert W. Woodruff Library (RWWL), in support of the Library’s vision and its mission of service to the member institutions of the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The Library’s member institutions are Clark Atlanta University, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.
The Library’s collection helps fulfill the mission of the Library by supporting the learning, teaching and research needs of the member institutions of the AUC. Access to an excellent collection is crucial to achieving the Library’s vision: “To reflect the excellence of our member institutions by being the first and best choice for our users in their search for information."
The collection will consist primarily of current, constantly-updated materials. Acknowledged classics and items of enduring value will also be retained. Archival or research-level collections will be held only in limited areas aligned with specialized research interests of the AUC community and graduate level degree programs offered by AUC institutions.
In keeping with the historic focus of our member institutions, a special emphasis will be placed on collecting and retaining materials relevant to the African American and African Diaspora experience.
Content and collection management will be carried out in close collaboration with faculty, who are able to provide the most in-depth and current subject expertise. Collection decisions will also be based on detailed information from member institutions regarding student majors, curricular offerings, academic emphases, and future plans.