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Collection Development Policy

Library Mission

The purpose of the Dimitris and Aliki Perrotis Library (DAPL) collections is to serve the needs of its users, i.e. the faculties and students of the AFS educational programs, whether at the primary, secondary, post-secondary or adult levels. 

The Collection Development Policy guides the Library in the selection, acquisition and retention of materials for the Library and to serve as a plan for the overall development of its collections. This policy grows and changes to meet the needs of the Library and its users. Accordingly, it will be reviewed and revised as new resources and technologies become available and as the needs of the Library and its users demand. 

In order for our library to establish, and achieve, the highest it is necessary that the collections comprise a variety of print and electronic publishing media including, for example, printed books, printed and electronic journals, electronic media and Internet accessible materials.


In building the library collection, priority is given to materials and subjects, which directly support the curricula of Perrotis College, Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Non-curricular, general interest materials will be collected less intensively for the purpose of providing the library constituency with opportunities for more general exploration in the world of ideas, as well as recreational reading materials. 

Current Situation, Collection Scope

Dimitris & Aliki Perrotis Library is the central library with holdings of Perrotis College and the Secondary School: The last weeding and evaluation of DAPL print collection took place in 2011. Holdings include 8229 vols. at a rough percentage of 38.27% English and 61.72% Greek. (Note: a weeding and evaluation of the print collection is programmed for the first semester of 2019).

Selection processes

Perrotis College Library Steering Committee is charged with implementing and overseeing the library acquisition plan for required and recommended readings, advising the Library and the College on other issues regarding electronic and print sources available in the Library and the College, and discussing relevant matters and student problems. Members include the Head Librarian, Perrotis College Librarian and the Heads of Departments and meet twice a year.


Integrated Library System (ILS)

Currently implementing Koha.

Journals, Periodicals and Newspapers

The DAPL carries 28 GR print journals and periodicals, as well as 3 newspapers. The titles are the following:


Greek journals/magazines


α-ζ Αρτοποιία - Ζαχαροπλαστική


Αρτοποιός και η δουλειά του, Ο


Βιοτεχνική αρτοποιία & ζαχαροπλαστική


Γεωργία - Κτηνοτροφία




Ελληνικό Πανόραμα




Ελιά και Ελαιόλαδο


Ζ+G: Ζαχαροπλαστείο + Gelateria


Θεσσαλονικέων Πόλις


Καινοτομία: έρευνα & τεχνολογία


Μελισσοκομική Επιθεώρηση


Με υγεία




Πανόραμα των ελληνικών σούπερ μάρκετ




Ψητό: το περιοδικό για τη γαστρονομία & τη μαζική εστίαση










Marketing Week




Snack and Coffee




Wine Trails


The Economist


The World of Food Ingredients




Μακεδονία - Θεσσαλονίκη




International New York Times


Databases & E-subscriptions

The library subscribes to nearly around 142.000 ebooks representing a broad range of academic subject matters and business topics such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Nearly 850 full-text titles including journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications of Food Science and 1500 journals of agricultural related issues.

More specifically the databases are:

  • Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
  • Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • Food Science Source is an extensive full-text database designed to support the informational needs of the food industry at all levels. This collection offers unmatched full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas that are integral to the food industry. This database offers cover-to-cover full-text coverage for more than 1,400 publications, including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications, all directly dealing with food industry-related issues. More than 1,000 key food industry and market reports are available.
  • Environment Complete contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.
  • GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
  • eBook Academic Collection, this growing subscription package contains a large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter, and is a strong complement for any academic collection. The breadth of information available through this package ensures that users will have access to information relevant to their research needs.
  • eBook Business Collection, EBooks are selected for this collection to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs, and to help students understand general business concepts. The eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of business topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship, with additional focus on career growth, personal development, communication and networking.
Gifts Policy


Materials added to the Library collections are, primarily, acquired by way of purchase, while gifts and bequests of collections are a welcome supplementary component of collection development. Proper application of the Library’s collection development report goals make it inevitable that only a small percentage of the gifts received will ultimately be added to the collection.


Prior to accepting a gift collection it is necessary for the librarians to learn as much as possible about the content and size of the donation. In the event that the offered materials do not appear to be appropriate for the Library, as defined in the Library’s collection development policy, other potential recipients for the gift should be suggested to the donor.


In the event that the Library accepts a book donation, the following points will be made clear to the Donor:

  • It is probable that all of the donated materials will not be added to the collection;
  • The donor will authorize the Library, in writing, to attempt to donate unneeded items to other libraries;
  • The donated collection will not be kept together on the shelves but will be distributed throughout the collection, in accordance with the Library’s classification criteria;
  • The donor shall not require the library to post a name sign identifying the donor.


Similarly, the Library will:

  • Acknowledge, in writing, receipt of all bequests, listing types and numbers of materials donated;
  • Express its appreciation in a letter signed by the head librarian. In the event that the donor is an AFS Trustee or a ranking public official, it is recommended that the AFS president sign the letter of appreciation;
  • Provide copies of all communications with donors to the Office of Institutional Advancement.
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