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Maps (or cartographic materials) are acquired for the library collection if they directly support the teaching and research needs of the University. The intention is to provide selective map material to meet specific or targeted needs rather than a general or comprehensive collection. Some historical map materials that support research may also be collected.
Types of maps collected include topographical, geological, bathymetric, political, historical, parish, road or city maps, census maps and atlases.
Maps may be held in a variety of formats, including sheets, books, microforms, and computer files. New material is becoming increasingly available in digital formats, especially online (some digital resources may be subject to licensing restrictions).
Existing strengths of the collection include topographical maps and geological maps in the series
A limited amount of duplication may be necessary in order to provide adequate resources at each campus to meet specific teaching or research needs.
Maps are normally available for loan except those held in the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, which are largely historical or those held in the Reference Collection or are part of the Periodical Collection.
Selection and Deselection of maps is consistent with the Library Collection Guidelines regarding subject scope and the Deselection (Weeding) Guidelines. Maps should be regularly reviewed for their currency and relevance to the teaching and research needs of the University and de-selected when necessary.
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