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Educational Resource Center: Collection Development Policy


Getting Started

This guide details material selection

Educational Resource Center Collection

ERC Collection Development Policy

The ERC serves the needs of the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, as well as the related needs of researchers and students in the social sciences. The ERC bibliographers select materials based on user requests, curricular needs, social justice, diversity, and knowledge of the discipline. The bibliographer collaborates with the School of Education and Human Development community and purchase requests by faculty and students whenever possible. 

Discipline Scope and Collecting Emphasis

Teaching, curricular, research, and practitioner support for faculty and students support are the primary goals. Education as a discipline cuts across other subject areas including but not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Linguistics
  • Science

The depth and breadth of selected disciplinary areas collected depend on the School of Education and Human Development's areas of research and curricular needs as well.

Format Selection

Format decision follows the General Collection Development Policy of Boston College Libraries. We also consider the preferences of accessibility, patrons, curricular needs, and other factors.


The majority of the selections are for English language material. Due to the English Language Learning (ELL) and Dual Language programs, world language, bilingual, and translated materials collected in the language of schools LSEHD partners with for practicums. Also collected are cultural language exemplars like African-American Vernacular English and Spanglish.


Material selection focuses on current materials, retrospective acquisitions are made following changes to the curriculum or other specific needs.

Retention of Materials

Retention follows the General Collection Development Policy.

Acceptance of Gifts

Gifts are accepted according to the General Gifts Policy.


Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center