Policy No: 022
Approval Date: 06/11/2008
Historical Notes: NMSU Business Policy Manual Section 1C.05.15, Archives Appraisal Guidelines for Records, Policy No: 012
The New Mexico State University Library welcomes gifts that enhance the Library's ability to support the learning, teaching and research missions of the University. Both monetary donations and gifts of books or other information provide an invaluable supplement to the service mission of the library. Over the past century, donors have added immeasurably to the growth of the Library's collections.
ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS
Gifts are accepted with the understanding and agreement that the Library makes all of the necessary decisions as to retention, use, and disposition.
Individuals wishing to give monetary gifts for the purchase of materials should contact the Director of Development for the NMSU Library at 575-646-3642; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those wishing to donate books, periodicals, and non-print media should contact the Gifts Program Coordinator at 575-646-6297; or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Gifts to Archives and Special Collections
Donors seeking to offer materials to Archives and Special Collections should contact the department head at 575 646-4756; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library acknowledges gifts through a brief, general description of the materials. This acknowledgement is sent to the donor but does not include an itemized bibliographic listing of donated items or a monetary evaluation. The Library is prohibited from appraising gifts for federal tax purposes. To obtain an appraisal of their gift, we suggest that donors contact professional appraisers or local book dealers before making the donation. (SEE ALSO: Archives and Special Collections Guidelines for Records)
NMSU Library accepts gifts that will benefit its users and strengthen its collections. The Library is particularly interested in receiving items that fit its collection strengths and that are representative of the University's academic programs and areas of research.
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For questions about donating a specific item, please contact the Gifts Program Coordinator at 575-646-6297; or via e-mail at email@example.com.
In cases where an individual would like to donate items that fall outside the usual formats typically donated to libraries (e.g., books, journals, audio visual materials) such as equipment, furniture, software, etc., individuals are encouraged to contact Library Administration at 575-646-1508.
The Library adheres to all federal regulations governing Internal Revenue Service gifts-in-kind. It also respects and abides by the "Donor's Bill of Rights" as outlined by the NMSU Foundation.
DISPOSITION OF ITEMS
Donated items are received with gratitude but without obligation. The Library seeks to maintain high standards of collection quality and appropriateness. In doing so it carefully reviews each donated item before deciding to add it to the collection. Some donated materials may be offered to other libraries or disposed of at the discretion of the library (13-6-1 NMSA 1978).
If not accepted, the Library disposes of donated items in this order:
- Items are offered to other libraries
- Items are offered to institutions in the Republic of Mexico
- Items are transferred to the University's Office of Facilities and Services to be sold by auction or sealed bid
Donors are recognized with an official letter thanking them for supporting the Library with a brief description of the item(s) donated.
SPECIFIC POLICIES RELATING TO ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTION
APPRAISAL GUIDELINES FOR RECORDS
When the Archives and Special Collections Department at NMSU Library evaluates adding records to its collections, it follows specific appraisal guidelines. These guidelines are conducted for informational purposes and document the historic value of the donated collection. See http://lib.nmsu.edu/policies/policy012.html
DEED OF GIFT
Deeds of gift are completed on all items donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department. The NMSU Library no longer accepts gifts, collections, or materials placed "on deposit."
RESTRICTED ACCESS TO COLLECTIONS
The Archives and Special Collections Department strives to make its collections as widely available and accessible as possible; however, there may be certain circumstances that restrict access to its collections. The Department Head for Archives and Special Collections decides the conditions that govern restricting access to collections (e.g., item too fragile).