UW Radiology

Collection Development Policy

Frederic E. Templeton Radiology Library  
University of Washington Medical Center : UW Radiology Department 
Most Recent Update: May 2018 



Frederic E. Templeton Radiology Library is a private collection supporting the Radiology Department within the University of Washington Medical Center. The purpose of the Frederic E. Templeton Radiology Library is to support the mission and values of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Radiology Department. This is accomplished through providing staff, students, and admins within the UW Radiology Department with a selection of resources to aid in the pursuit of learning to strengthen the UW Medicine community. 

This library collection development policy is to guide staff and library interns in the selection of materials, inform the public of the process, and increase transparency. Due to constantly changing needs and technological advances in the field, this policy is subject to re-evaluation and revision as the need arises. 

The Mission and Values of UW Medicine: 

“The University of Washington School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the general health and well-being of the public. In pursuit of its goals, the School is committed to excellence in biomedical education, research, and health care. The School is also dedicated to ethical conduct in all its activities. As the pre-eminent academic medical center in our region and as a national leader in biomedical research, we place special emphasis on educating and training physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals dedicated to two distinct goals:  

Meeting the health care needs of our region, especially by recognizing the importance of primary care and providing service to underserved populations; advancing knowledge; assuming leadership in the biomedical sciences and in academic medicine. 

The School works with public and private agencies to improve health care and advance knowledge in medicine and related fields of inquiry. It acknowledges a special responsibility to the people in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, who have joined with it in a unique regional partnership. The School is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and students and to assuring that access to education and training is open to learners from all segments of society, acknowledging a particular responsibility to the diverse populations within our region. 

The School values diversity and inclusion and is committed to building and sustaining an academic community in which teachers, researchers and learners achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and embrace inclusiveness, equity and awareness as a way to unleash creativity and innovation. “ 

Academic Sections Served 

The Frederic E. Templeton Library serves each of the academic sections of the UW Radiology Department: 

  • Body Imaging 
  • Breast Imaging 
  • Diagnostic Physics 
  •         Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Radiology 
  • Interventional Radiology 
  • Musculoskeletal 
  • Neuroradiology 
  • Nuclear Medicine 
  • Pediatric Radiology 
  • Thoracic Imaging 

Responsibility for Selection 

The individual responsible for the selection of materials within the Frederic E. Templeton Library is the current library intern. This intern position serves a one-year term. Such a position is staffed by a University of Washington Information School Master of Library and Information Science graduate student. Prior to any purchases, all resources must be reviewed by Dr. Shuman’s Assistant, Betty who has the authority to reject any item (in conjunction with review by Dr. Shuman). Once approved, resources can be ordered and added to the library collection. 

UW Radiology Department staff, students, and admins may also suggest resources through the suggestion feature on the online catalog. Such suggestions are encouraged, but are approved at the discretion of the intern and Betty.  

Value to the Department 

The Frederic E. Templeton Library was established to honor Frederic Templeton and his work. The large historical collection contains items from his own collection, including books signed by Ezra Meeker. These resources provide historical context to the work done today in the department. The new materials support the ongoing research, education, and professional pursuits of the department in alignment with the mission and values of UW Medicine. Frederic E. Templeton Library provides not only the most up to date resources, but specialized materials for the radiology department which other libraries on campus may lack. Additionally, the immediate access to such resources supports the department more directly. Along with the physical materials, the library space itself provides a study, work, and meeting space along with computers and curated e-resources. 


Selection Process and Criteria 

Methods of Selection 

Library intern may select resources from a wide variety of suppliers including but not limited to Amazon, Elsevier, Aunt Minnie, etc. Book suggestions from the community, analysis of current collection to update older materials, and reviews from prominent radiology organizations including, but not limited to, RSNA, JACR, etc. are consulted before purchase. 

Criteria for Selection 

Resources are selected based on: 

  • Faculty & student suggestion 
  • Popularity 
  • Budget 
  • Current collection offerings 
  • Recent publication date, updating older resources 
  • Usability for library community 
  • Merit of each item 

Weeding Process 

The library collection will be regularly evaluated and weeded to ensure that resources are current, used by patrons, and relevant for the academic community. Circulation statistics, input from Dr. Shuman, and space within the library are used in determining if an item is to be pulled or stay within the collection. Weeded items are presented to Dr. Vesselle to deliver to medical programs in Vietnam. Materials deemed inappropriate or unnecessary by Dr. Vesselle will be offered on the “free books” shelf for the library community. Prior to removal from the collections, Dr. Shuman must approve. 

Materials will be weeded if: 

  • Outdated – facts are obsolete 
  • Newer edition is available and budget allows for purchase 
  • Not circulated in 10 years 
  • Poor, unreadable condition 


Materials will be weeded from current but moved into historical collection if: 

  • Item is over 10 years old & from original Frederic E. Templeton collection donation 
  • Deemed historically significant by Dr. Shuman 


Scope of Collection 

Main Collection 

Features current books on a variety of radiology subspecialties, including but not limited to: Body Imaging, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic Physics, Emergency Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, Thoracic Imaging, Business Management, and Education 


Features journals covering the wide variety of subspecialties of radiology.  


Features e-books, online journals, and LibGuides. This is an area of constant expansion. 

Historical Collection 

Features older radiology materials deemed obsolete, outdated, historically significant, or part of the original donation from Frederic E. Templeton’s collection. 

Historical Journals 

Features older radiology journals. 

Media (DVD, CDs) 

Features radiology related DVDs and CDs, including recorded presentations and classes. 

Special Collections 

Features miscellaneous materials donated by Frederic E. Templeton to the library. This includes, but is not limited to, awards, plaques, x-ray tubes, photos, and historical artifacts of radiology.

Library Collaboration 

Frederic E. Templeton Library also collaborates with the University of Washington library system, specifically working with the UW Health Sciences Library located within the UW Medical Center. Additional resources can be obtained through the HSL website and UW libraries with your current UW login and password. 


Additional Policies 

Gifts and Donations 

The Frederic E. Templeton Library graciously accepts donations of books and related radiology materials. Gifts and donations will be added to the collection based upon the current needs of the library, if deemed relevant, appropriate, and if space allows. Dr. Shuman and Betty approve all gifts before addition to any collection or display. Items donated must be relevant to the study of radiology and/or Frederic E. Templeton’s family. Donations in poor condition will not be accepted. 

Signage and Displays 

In alignment with the mission of the library to support the UW Radiology department, the goal of the signs (on doors, shelves, and walls), boards, and displays are to reflect the current accomplishments of the department members. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to contact the library intern to request a display piece. Displays are limited solely to individuals within the UW Radiology Department. Posters and papers on the door and hallway board that are placed without prior approval from the library intern or Betty are subject to immediate removal. 


The library abides by HIPAA requirements and protection of user information is of the highest priority. User information is never given out without explicit permission from the users. 

Library Space and Meetings 

The library space is open to those within the UW Radiology department at all times. If you would like to host a meeting in the library, please be aware that complete privacy is not guaranteed and that UW Radiology members are allowed to access the space at any time. If you are looking for a private meeting room, see the UW Radiology meeting reservations. Meeting date and times in the library must be emailed to the library intern prior to the event. This is to guarantee access to all of the UW Radiology Department in alignment with the library and UW Medicine mission to support learning through an inclusive environment.