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Dominican Studies Institute

Collection Policy

The CUNY DSI Library has adopted the following Collection Development Policy to establish the principles upon which its collection is developed and maintained.

Selection Guidelines

Ultimate responsibility for material selection rests with the CUNY DSI Librarians. CUNY staff and faculty are also encouraged to suggest materials. In addition, the Library welcomes patrons’ suggestions, comments, and ideas about the collection and its development. These suggestions will be subject to this Collection Development Policy.

The CUNY DSI Library acquires materials that specifically deal with Dominican issues. The areas of collection include, but are not limited to, migration, Dominicans in the United States, language, literature, history, economics, politics, sports, and performance and visual arts. The format of the materials collected range from books, newspaper articles, magazines, journals, audiovisuals, unpublished dissertations and master’s theses, manuscripts, official documents, and declassified U.S. government documents.

Weeding Guidelines

In order to keep the collection vibrant and useful, an active and continuing program of selection for withdrawal, or weeding, is maintained. Weeding is conducted to identify damaged items, materials that are out-of-date or no longer used, and duplicates. Withdrawn materials that are in good condition may be placed in the book sale.