This page explains the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) library’s collection development policy. This policy guides us in building upon and preserving our unique fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and emergency management materials for current and future users.
The NETC library supports the training programs of the National Fire Academy (NFA) and Emergency Management Institute (EMI) along with the wider activities of the U.S. Fire Administration. The scope of our coverage is tied to our close support of these activities on the NETC campus.
The breadth and depth of our fire, EMS and emergency management collections have, over the years, raised our profile among the first responder communities. Many across the country see us as a valuable resource like to no other.
Our collection development and retention strategy must aim to build upon and preserve our unique fire, EMS and emergency management materials for current and future users. As a federal library, we build our collection of practitioner focused fire, EMS and emergency management collections for the long-term. That is not to say that everything we may acquire falls into this category.
The library generally retains indefinitely the fire-, EMS- and emergency management-centric material it acquires, although not necessarily in its original format. Our collection development strategy is focused on serving the needs of working practitioners in the fire and emergency services rather than fire scientists, engineers or social scientists. And while we do acquire material that deals with related problems in other parts of the world, special weight for retention purposes is given to materials that focus on matters directly centered on the United States and its territories.
The library also acquires materials on other topics from time to time to serve current general interests or respond to the passing needs of a given NETC course or staff member. Materials of this kind, that are not part of our specialized fire, EMS or emergency management collections, are routinely evaluated for retention and withdrawal. Our retention criteria and withdrawal procedures are available upon request.
The planned development of a library collection requires the consistent application of a stated policy. The NETC library, which operates within the framework of institutional goals, must respond to institutional change.
Our library develops, in all appropriate fields, a collection of the highest degree of excellence while also being mindful of the ready availability of materials thru interlibrary loan or other sources in the emergency management field.
Meeting all the library’s goals may not always be possible for financial reasons. Therefore, the library will observe the following general guidelines in developing its collection:
The basic statement of the collection policy is expressed in terms of broad subject fields defined in the library's thesaurus. For each subject, a code is given to indicate the level of collecting intensity.
The four levels of collecting intensity are:
The NFA does not train students in the fundamentals of becoming a working firefighter or EMS technician or paramedic. Consequently we do not develop our collections with a view towards training recruits. We are also not a medical library. While we aim to develop a comprehensive collection of EMS materials, we are not building a comprehensive set of medical texts.
The collection development table below defines the scope of our collection and specifies the degree of coverage for each area.
|Arson / Juvenile firesetting||Comprehensive|
|Biography (fire service)||Basic|
|Codes and standards (building, fire)||Comprehensive|
|Codes and standards (electrical, mechanical, plumbing)||Basic|
|Emergency Medical Services||Comprehensive|
|Fiction (fire, disaster)||Basic|
|Fire behavior / Dynamics||Basic|
|Firefighter health and safety||Comprehensive|
|Firefighting operations – Strategy and tactics||Comprehensive|
|Fire Prevention – Public education||Comprehensive|
|Fire Prevention – Public safety||Comprehensive|
|Fire Protection – Inspections||Comprehensive|
|Fire protection – Systems||Comprehensive|
|Geographic information systems||Basic|
|Higher education – Fire service, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|History – United States||Minimal|
|Human behavior and fire||Research|
|Human resource management (general)||Basic|
|Incident command – Decision-making||Comprehensive|
|Instructional course design||Basic|
|Juvenile literature (fire, disaster, EMS)||Basic|
|Lessons learned – Fire, EMS, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|Local history – Campus||Basic|
|Local history – Gettysburg National Battlefield||Basic|
|Mass evacuation / Crisis relocation||Comprehensive|
|Military operations other than war||Research|
|Non-fiction – General||Minimal|
|Personal protective equipment (PPE)||Comprehensive|
|Planning – Strategic, master||Research|
|Recovery / Disaster assistance||Comprehensive|
|Resiliency / Critical infrastructure||Comprehensive|
|Risk communications/Social media||Comprehensive|
|Stress management (general)||Research|
|Terrorism (no overseas focus)||Research|
|Training – Fire, EMS, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|Wildland urban interface||Comprehensive|
Library materials may be any of the following items:
In addition to the scope statements referenced in the collection development table, all or some of the following criteria or factors influence the selection of materials acquired for the library: