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Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library


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Collection Development Policy

March 2014


The purpose of this document is to define the collection focus for the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library (PSL) in regard to housing of materials and the major collecting emphases.  Materials outside of this primary focus may be purchased to support the varied programs and research of philanthropic studies, but these materials will be housed in the general collections of University Library.  These guidelines are meant to assist all library staff in understanding the parameters of the collection in philanthropic studies and assist in the purchase of appropriate materials, review of gifts, and decisions regarding where materials are to be housed.

Description of Institution and Clientele:

The PSL is part of the overall collection of the IUPUI University Libraries.  The IUPUI University Library serves a campus of over 30,000 students in an urban community and is one of Indiana University's eight campuses serving the entire state.  In addition to serving students and faculty, the PSL is a resource to local, national, and international researchers in the field.  The PSL directly supports course work at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies for all campuses of Indiana University. 

Mission and Goals:

The primary mission of the Philanthropic Studies Library is to support the educational and research programs relating to philanthropic studies and nonprofit management at Indiana University.  This mission acknowledges a relationship of mutual support with The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University,  The Fund Raising School, and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.

Philanthropy is broadly defined as voluntary action for the public good. This definition encompasses voluntary giving, service, and association and acknowledges the presence of formal and informal organizations, individuals that include recipients as well as givers, and supporting ideas that range from philosophical and historical to legal and managerial.

Intellectual Freedom:

The collection is guided by the same principles of intellectual freedom governing the entire University Library collection.

Updated Mar 29, 2016 by Fran Huehls, Philanthropic Studies Librarian