Online Collection Development Policy
for the Norfolk Public Library
Because there are millions of sites currently on the Internet, with more
being added every day, Norfolk Public Library provides access to a
collection of prime Web sites to save the time of the library patron.
Library patrons not only have many interests but many points of view.
Members of the Norfolk Public Library Collection Development Group make
professional choices while choosing sites that meet the diverse needs
and interests of their patrons.
The Norfolk Public Library subject guide is designed primarily for the
citizens of Norfolk, the Norfolk Public Library librarians and those
interested in Norfolk, Virginia, but we think all Internet users will
find it useful.
The subject areas for Norfolk Public Library have been determined by the
Collection Development Group. Each team member is responsible for content
in one or more subjects. Subjects are further broken down into
subcategories for the ease of the user.
The Norfolk Public Library Collection Development Group reviews the selection
criteria for the Norfolk Public Library website at designated intervals as
technologies develop and the needs of users change.
Acquisition and Retention Members of the Collection Development Group serve as
team leaders for each of the subjects. Their teams are composed of Site
Searchers who locate, examine and evaluate sites using the criteria in
this policy. Teams then decide which sites will be included. These sites
are submitted to the Collection Development Group Leader.
Subject teams review referred sites according to the above criteria and
determine their suitability for inclusion. The Collection Development Group
reviews disputed sites or those which do not fall within the
The Collection Development Group makes every effort to make discerning choices.
Challenges to any site may be handled through submission of a written statement
requesting reconsideration of a site.
The Collection Development Group reviews sites at regular intervals to
determine their ongoing value.
The Norfolk Public Library does not warrant the information accessible
through this site to be authoritative, accurate or factual. Further, the
availability of networked information does not constitute an endorsement
of the content of that information by the Norfolk Public Library.