Standards for Selection of Study Materials

I.Selection standards

  1. Printed materials
    1. General collection
      Basic texts that contribute to learning in the disciplinary fields addressed in the University curriculum shall be acquired actively. Basic texts in fields not addressed by any Department or College at the University shall be acquired pursuant to careful scrutiny of their content. Other educational texts useful in students' broad-ranging personal development shall also be acquired.
      (1)Anthologies, anthologies, complete editions, readers Materials such as readers with a high degree of academic value and complete editions with an established reputation shall be acquired if purchase by individuals is difficult due to high price. In some cases only certain volumes in a collection shall be acquired.
      (2)Paperbacks and pocket editions Materials useful in students' personal development shall be acquired, with a focus on those of high value as resources. Multiple copies of the same material shall not be acquired. Where some materials in a series have already been acquired, subsequent publications in the series shall also be acquired on an ongoing basis. Where necessary, purchase decisions shall be made after reviewing content individually. New series may be acquired if judged necessary following review.
      (3)Textbooks
      (elementary school, junior high school and senior high school use)
      In order to support students aspiring to become teachers, the most widely used textbooks in schools in the Kansai area, and those recommended by faculty members, shall be acquired. Curricular guidelines pertaining to the textbooks selected shall also be acquired.
      (4)Foreign language proficiency test practice questions Collections of practice questions for proficiency certification tests shall be acquired for the first and second foreign languages taught at the University. (In the case of English, those pertaining to the TOEICR and TOEFLR shall be acquired.) Other languages taken by small numbers of students shall be acquired if requested by faculty or students. Reference texts shall be acquired following careful scrutiny to determine those which are most effective in language learning.
      (5)Practice questions for vocational qualification and certification examinations In cooperation with the Colleges and associated arms of the University, practice questions that accord with the University's educational offerings shall be acquired.
    2. Recommended texts
      Texts recommended by faculty members shall be acquired with a view to supporting lessons and study. Among recommended texts, textbooks and reference books (excluding language books) shall be acquired in three copies and language books shall be acquired in one copy. One copy of each acquired book shall be for within library use only (reference only).
    3. Specialist materials
      Materials that enhance specialized learning shall be acquired mainly based on recommendations by faculty members.
    4. Reference collection
      (1)Bibliographies and catalogs Basic materials that are associated with curricular content shall be acquired.
      (2)Dictionaries and encyclopedias Basic materials and those with established reputations shall be acquired.
      (3)Chronologies and pictorial texts Basic materials that are associated with curricular content shall be acquired. Efforts shall be made to update materials in response to publication of new editions.
      ※Throughout the reference collection, priority shall be given to provision of electronic materials and databases, taking into account usage environments.
    5. Foreign language collection
      Materials that aid understanding of societies and cultures other than Japan shall be acquired, focusing on those recommended by faculty members, reference materials for curricular subjects, and introductory texts.
    6. Periodicals
      Acquisitions shall be made based on an overall assessment of conditions such as usage patterns, usage environments, and whether or not the periodical in question is already acquired in other parts of the University. Taking into account these matters and the costs involved, efforts shall be made to prioritize the acquisition of electronic journals. Periodical subscriptions shall be reviewed on a regular basis, with reference to periodical indexes/abstracts and usage patterns.
      (1)General periodicals Acquisitions shall focus on periodicals that are thought to enrich students' knowledge and deepen their education. Periodicals from a wide variety of fields shall be acquired as far as possible and in line with the educational programs of the University.
      (2)Academic journals Journals with established reputations shall be acquired across a broad range of academic fields. Interdisciplinary journals shall also be acquired.
      (3)White papers Basic materials from Japan shall be acquired.
      (4)Statistical reports and almanacs Basic materials from Japan and abroad shall be acquired.
      (5)Newspapers Multiple copies of national and local Japanese newspapers shall be acquired. In addition, specialist newspapers, regional newspapers, party political newspapers and other newspapers shall be acquired in response to social conditions and needs. Major newspapers from outside Japan shall be acquired giving consideration to the foreign languages taught at the University and the countries of origin of international students enrolled at the University.
    7. Other materials
      (1)Governmental publications (parliamentary materials, legal materials, administrative materials) Major governmental publications shall be acquired. These acquisitions shall be made taking into account acquisitions by public libraries and the digitization of materials.
      (2)Organizational (private sector bodies, academic societies, etc.) publications Publications with close connection to the curriculum shall be acquired. Local histories and company histories shall in principle be acquired on a donation basis.
      (3)Internal publications Publications of the Ritsumeikan Trust shall be acquired actively. Publications of the University's research institutes, academic societies and other internal organs, and those issued by registered student associations within the University, shall in principle be acquired on a donation basis.
      (4)Other university publications Materials published by other universities shall be acquired if academic in content and on an exchange or donation basis.
      (5)Reprinted editions In order to supplement or complete existing collections, reprints may be acquired in light of usage patterns.
      (6)Maps New materials that contribute to learning and research shall be acquired, with consideration given to the acquisition of electronic materials. Residential maps shall be acquired and updated regularly with a focus on the Kyoto and Shiga areas.
  2. Unpublished materials
    1. Audiovisual materials (film and audio materials)
      Materials useful in language learning shall be acquired, along with those which enrich students' knowledge and augment their education. Materials acquired shall be of high durability and recording quality. Efforts shall also be made to improve the usage environment for such materials.
    2. Electronic materials
      Emphasis shall be placed on the acquisition of reference tools. Taking current usage conditions into account, tools that can be used through local access networks shall be preferred over stand-alone tools. Efforts shall be made to acquire information on online databases, with a view to campus-wide learning support.
    3. Microfilm materials
      Materials shall be acquired which can be judged effective from the standpoint of materials preservation and which are considered to have high value as resources.
    4. Braille materials
      Efforts shall be made to acquire materials based on user demand and by reference to the collections of the Braille Library.

II.Administrative responsibility

Administrative operations relating to these selection standards shall be handled by the Library Service Office.

III.Amendment and abolition

Amendment and abolition of these selection standards shall be handled by the Library Committee.