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Collection Development Policies - Anthropology

Anthropology

  1. Introduction

    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      This statement is intended to guide the manager of the Anthropology fund (fund 05) by explaining the purpose and scope of the collection, describing who it serves, and outlining how this fund meshes with the library funds for related subject areas.

    2. Audience
      The primary audience is made up of collection managers and other librarians and library staff.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The collection supports upper division undergraduate and graduate teaching and research to the PhD level as well as faculty research in archaeology (particularly in North and Central America), bioanthropology, anthropological linguistics (especially Native American languages), and social and cultural anthropology. Faculty research interests include the anthropology of the arts, economic anthropology, ethics, food, gender, globalization, health, history and change, identity, institutions, and human origins.
      As of spring 2004, the department had 32 FTE faculty and 263 student majors. The department is associated with five centers and one museum:

      • American Indian Studies Research Institute
      • Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environments (ACT)
      • Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology (CRAFT)
      • Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest (CAPI)
      • Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology
      • Mathers Museum of World Cultures


    4. Brief overview of the collection

      1. History of the collection
        The IU Libraries have had a subject librarian for anthropology since at least 1965.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The collection covers all subfields of anthropology, including Native American studies, social and cultural anthropology and ethnology, prehistoric archaeology, bioanthropology, anthropological linguistics, and American Indian languages.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Areas of emphasis include history of anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, American Indian languages, prehistoric archaeology of north and Central America, and bioanthropology.

      4. Collection locations
        The collection is located primarily on the 6th floor of Research Collections. The HRAF microfiche collection is located in the Government Information, Microforms, and Statistical Services Department on the 2nd floor.

  2. Scope of Coverage

    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Most of the collection is in English, but works in western European languages are also covered.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Research on North and Central America, Western Europe is emphasized. Materials on Africa are covered by the collection manager for African Studies. Material in English on Eastern Europe, South and Central America, and East Asia are covered selectively, but material in the vernacular from these regions is the responsibility of the relevant area studies librarians.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      All chronological periods are included. Historical archaeology (as opposed to prehistoric archaeology) is covered by the librarians for history and for classical studies.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Emphasis is on current coverage.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Most of the collection is in print format, but microform and electronic formats are also collected. Our microform collection includes materials in Native American history, Native American newspapers, and the papers of prominent American anthropologists. Indiana University is also a sponsoring member of the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). The HRAF Collection of Ethnography (eHRAF) is available in microfiche and electronic formats, which overlap in content but are not identical. See http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=2261. The HRAF Collection of Archaeology is an online resource only.


  3. Collecting Responsibility

    Collection Manager: Moira Smith. I cooperate with the collection managers for Classical Studies and History for archaeology, and with the collection manager for Fine Arts for the anthropology of art. Materials on Africa are covered by the collection manager for African Studies. Material in the vernacular languages of Eastern Europe, South and Central America, and East Asia are covered by the relevant area studies librarians.

  4. Related Collections
    • Folklore
    • African Studies
    • East Asian Collection
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Archives of Traditional Music

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    • Blackwell approval plan
    • Harrasowitz approval plan (selectively)
    • Books reviews (especially Annual Reviews in Anthropology)
    • Catalogs

  6. Preservation
    1. Criteria for selection for preservation and/or mass deacidification
      Follow the physical criteria specified by the Preservation Department.

    2. High-priority areas of the collection for preservation review and treatment
      Materials that have few holdings in OCLC should receive first priority. Other criteria for priority: IU authors; local (Indiana) interest; and material that circulates often.

  7. Selection Criteria for ALF

    • Duplicate serials
    • Monographs published before 1980 that have never circulated (with the exception of: reference works, festschrifts and other edited collections)


  8. Digital Projects
    1. Criteria for selection for digitization

    2. Priorities for collections to be digitized
      Materials that have few holdings in OCLC should receive first priority. Other criteria for priority: IU authors; local (Indiana) interest; and material that circulates often.

  9. Other Resources and Libraries

    • Ruth Lilly Medical Library (for collections relevant to bioanthropology)
    • Mathers Museum of World Cultures
    • American Indian Studies Research Institute
    • Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology

  10. Consortial Agreements
    None.




    Anthropology Home Page

    Revised April 2012


last updated: 2/26/2013