The ANU library system consists of a virtual Global Learn Library of over 100,000 academic ebooks and dozens of interdisciplinary and subject specific databases. These database collections provide access to thousands of full text journals, magazines, and newspapers for research endeavors.
The purpose of the collection is to provide faculty, students and staff with material of high quality, currency and relevance to their curricular needs. The library is dedicated to building and maintaining collections that support the University’s academic programs, including materials supporting writing and research assignments.
In order to meet the global learning needs of students and faculty across the University system, materials will be collected in digital format whenever possible. Those formats include, electronic books, electronic journals, article databases, and streaming audio/video.
Copyright Policy of American National University
The federal copyright statute, Title 17, U.S. Code, governs the reproduction of works of authorship. In general, works governed by copyright law include such traditional works of authorship as books, photographs, music, drama, video and sculpture, and also software, multimedia, and databases. Copyrighted works are protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced. Copyrighted works are not limited to those that bear a copyright notice. Works published since March 1, 1989 need not bear a copyright notice to be protected under the statute.
A provision that codifies the doctrine of "fair use," under which limited copying of copyrighted works without the permission of the owner is allowed for certain teaching and research purposes is of particular importance to teachers and researchers. The relevant portion of the copyright statue provides that the "fair use" of a copyrighted work, including reproduction "for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research" is not an infringement of copyright. The law lists the following factors as the ones to be evaluated in determining whether a particular use of a copyrighted work is a permitted "fair use," rather than an infringement of the copyright:
Although all of these factors will be considered, the last factor is the most important in determining whether a particular use is "fair." Where a work is available for purchase or license from the copyright owner in the medium desired, copying of all or a significant portion of the work in lieu of purchasing a sufficient number of "authorized" copies would be presumed to be unfair. Where only a small portion of a work is to be copied and the work would not be used if purchase of a sufficient number of authorized copies were required, the intended use is more likely to be found to be fair.
It is the express policy of the institution that substantial portions of works, including textbooks, are not to be copied for use by students or faculty in lieu of purchase, absent the express written permission of the copyright holder.
Textbooks will not be added to the collections unless they have been determined to fill a need not met by comparable materials in the collection.
Guidelines for the evaluation of gifts are the same as those for selecting purchased materials. Gifts may be accepted only when they impose no significant limitations on housing, handling or the disposition of duplicate or damaged items.
The ANU Library does not provide ILL services from external entities.
Approved acquisitions for purchase are handled by the Director of Library Services in consultation with University administrators.
Collection Evaluation and Maintenance
ANU librarians systematically evaluate campus and online collections to assure they are adequate, relevant to the curriculum, responsive to changing programmatic needs, and appropriately current.
Identification of collection needs may occur through the following: