"Internet" (Web) Collection Development
In light of current trends in library technology, it is becoming increasingly important to maintain a fully developed library Internet web site. The current trend indicates that library web sites should be considered a branch of the library. If the web site is to be considered a branch, then the VCPL has the advantage of having a branch that is open to patrons twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of patron location. Just as the Vigo County Public Library strives to provide the most reliable and accurate print resources to it's patrons, it is vital that the Vigo County Public Library assist patrons to sort through the mass of available Internet web sources. Web based information resources are a valuable addition to the library collection, not only for patrons and staff who use them from within the VCPL, but also for the growing number of "remote" patrons who use the Library's web based collection from home, school, or work. Remote patrons are becoming an increasingly large and important part of the Library's patron base. Thus, the VCPL must strive to ensure that remote patrons will find a collection of web resources that is just as complete and well organized as the traditional library material collections found within the VCPL. Consequently, in order to provide library patrons with quality resources, the collection housed "in the Internet Web Site Branch" must be developed and maintained under the identical principles as the print collections housed in the traditional branch library facilities.
The responsibility of selecting and maintaining the collection of print resources has been delegated by the Director of the Vigo County Public Library to the professionally trained Reference library staff. As a result, these same trained reference staff members will also be delegated the responsibility of selecting and maintaining web resources to be included on the VCPL's Internet web site. The selection of these electronic information web based resources will be performed in accordance with policies outlined in the Collection Development Policy adopted by the VCPL Board of Trustees on the 21st day of August, 2000.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Vigo County Public Library on the 21st day of August, 2000.