The underlying goal of McGovern Library is to develop a quality collection that meets the research needs of students and faculty, as well as supports the undergraduate and graduate curricula.
A number of principles guide the selection process:
The Jennewein Collection consists of Western literature and history, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as papers and photographs. Though the library has limited resources, this collection aims at comprehensiveness. Because of the attempt at comprehensiveness for this collection, some of the above stated “principles” may not be applied as strictly as they normally would when selecting materials.
Jennewein Collection Selection Criteria (approved 6/26/2012)
Margaret Teufel Children's Collection
Through an endowment left to DWU, McGovern Library has funds available that are restricted for the purchase of children’s materials. This collection includes fiction and non-fiction works for children. These materials are collected in a variety of formats including print, electronic formats, video recordings, and sound recordings. The age range of this collection spans mainly grades K-8, but materials for grades 9-12 are considered for purchase.
In accordance with the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Statement, the library supports the reader's right to choose. The library makes every effort to represent various sides of issues in the selection process. Many books may be controversial, and any given item may offend some persons. Selections for McGovern Library will not, however, be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the material in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of readers. This library holds censorship to be a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for herself/himself books and other materials of which he/she does not approve, he/she cannot exercise the right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others.
With respect to the use of library materials by minor children, the decision as to what a minor may read is the
responsibility of her/his parent or guardian. Selection will not be inhibited by the possibility that books may
inadvertently come into the possession of minors.
It is also the right of any member of the University community to question any library material selected by
McGovern Library since opinions may differ in our democracy. Such questions shall be presented in writing on
forms developed and made available by the librarian and shall be specific as to title and nature of the material