16 June 2008

How Does the BDC Grow?

The Beaufort District Collection continues to expand and collect new materials on a daily basis. We stay up to date with what's hitting the shelves of the local book store and publishing market. We scan local and state newspapers and magazines to collect priceless research resources for our vertical files. We accept materials from generous local, state, and even worldwide donors. But what exactly are we looking for? In case you haven't made it in to visit, haven't perused our website, and haven't yet checked out the left panel of our blog (check it out now for some really neat resources!!!), let's recap our mission statement:
The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture and environment of the area of lowcountry South Carolina known as the old historic Beaufort District.
Now that we remember what the Beaufort District Collection is "all about," let's talk collection development. To decide if a particular item should be included in our collection we start by examining the content of the material. How much of the material is dedicated specifically to the "old historic Beaufort District?"

After we decide to include a particular item into this carefully selected and maintained archival collection, the content of the material will decide how many we need and which branches (if any!) will receive additional copies for their Local History section.

Don't forget that although materials found in the Beaufort District Collection are not available for checkout, many materials of interest can be found in your
Beaufort County Library branch's Local History section. Search the online catalog or ask your reference librarian for details!

The Beaufort District Collection is a division of the Beaufort County Library, a department of Beaufort County Government of South Carolina.

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