Collection Development Policy

Materials Selection Policy for Electronic Resources

The State Library of Kansas selects and maintains library resources in all formats, including books, periodicals, electronic resources, clippings and, audiobooks, and CD audiobooks. Material selection is intended to respond to the educational, informational, and recreational needs of, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, local and regional library units, library personnel and the people of Kansas.

Audiobooks

The library provides a downloadable audiobook collection through the State Library of Kansas-sponsored digital resources. Statewide library representatives select audiobooks for the collection cooperatively.

Guiding Factors:

  •  Popular and bestselling nonfiction and fiction titles
  •  Budget constraints
  •  Patron Requests
  •  Reputation of the author(s)
  •  Reputation of the narrator
  •  Unabridged versions
  •  Completion of book series
  •  Price

eBooks

The library provides a downloadable eBook collection through the State Library of Kansas-sponsored digital resources and EBSCO eBook collection, formerly NetLibrary. (New titles are no longer added to the EBSCO E-book collection.) Statewide library representatives select eBooks for the collection cooperatively.

Guiding Factors: 

  • Popular and bestselling nonfiction and fiction titles
  • Budget constraints
  • Patron Requests
  • Reputation of the author(s)
  • Completion of book series
  • Price

Electronic Resources

The library provides access to electronic resources that supplement print reference works. These products provide K-12 and distance learning homework support to residents of the state of Kansas. Statewide library and education representatives review and evaluate these subscription databases.

Guiding Factors:

  • Scope and coverage
  • Ease of use by general public
  • Accuracy and quality of content
  • Licensing restrictions
  • Remote or in-library access
  • Price