|A few of the publications that used BDC resources|
As you can see, building a solid research collection devoted to the history, Gullah culture, archaeology, genealogy, and natural history of this place takes knowledge, skill, time, and an operational rubric. I make a decision based on the ratio of materials about the Beaufort District area in the work considered as a whole; personal knowledge of the content of similar materials already in our collection and whether the item is unusual or unique in some way in comparison with the materials we have in the BDC.
To save money, I have been known to borrow a copy from another SCLENDS library (with much larger materials budgets than we have here in Beaufort County Library) to review the item's amount of relevant content to the scope and depth of our collection development policy. If the relevant section is 20 pages or less, I often photocopy only the appropriate pages and then file the information in one of the more than 1100 vertical files we have in the BDC. Sometimes I go on to purchase a copy of the item for the permanent research collection immediately after the review; sometimes I delay purchase to the next fiscal year because there are no funds left; and sometimes I make a decision not to purchase the material at all.
|Lobeco Branch Local History|