May 27, 2022

Library Collections: “Countries and Regions with Acquisitions Challenges” (Updated Library of Congress Collections Policy Statement)

The LC Policy Statement, “Countries and Regions with Acquisitions Challenges” was updated earlier this month.

It replaces a former Collections Policy Statement entitled “Developing Countries.”

From the Document:

The Library develops a universal collection of knowledge by selectively acquiring materials in all formats and languages from all nations of the world. This Collections Policy Statement (CPS) highlights the acquisition of materials by the Library from countries outside of the United States that are in geographic regions of the world where acquisition of publications is more difficult, challenging or problematic.

The policy statement is organized into the following sections:

I. Scope
II. Research Strengths
III. Collecting Policy
IV. Best editions and preferred formats
V. Acquisition Sources: Current and Future
VI. Collecting Levels

Direct to “Countries and Regions with Acquisitions Challenges”
5 pages; PDF.

See Also: Index of LC Collections Policy Statements and Supplementary Guidelines

See Also: Collecting Digital Content at the Library of Congress 
7 pages; PDF. February 2017. 

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