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Collection Development Policies - Chicano-Riqueno

Chicano-Riqueño Studies

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The Chicano-Riqueño and Latino Studies collection at Indiana University supports the advanced research and curriculum needs of two academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that offer undergraduate programs in this field of study: Chicano-Riqueño Studies (within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and the recently created Latino Studies Program.

    2. Audience
      Faculty and students affiliated with Chicano-Riqueño Studies and the Latino Studies Program are our most important constituents.

      Created in 1973, Chicano-Riqueño Studies is an interdisciplinary language and culture program affiliated with the Spanish and Portuguese Department Since its inception, the program has sought to foster the culture and heritage of Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans living in the United States. The program encourages a U.S. Latino focus within the Latin American Studies minor or certificate. Its courses are joint-listed with other academic units, including Afro-American Studies, Education, Fine Arts, Folklore, History, Latin American Studies, and Law.

      In 2000, IU created the Latino Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the historical and social experience of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the United States. At present, the program offers undergraduate-level courses, but plans are underway to create an undergraduate minor and a doctoral minor.

      In addition, History, Spanish & Portuguese, Anthropology, Communication and Culture, English, Folklore, Music, and Religion have traditionally had strong interests in the collection.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        Language, literature, and culture are the core strengths of the Chicano-Riqueño collection at IU. The holdings focus primarily on Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans (Cubans to a lesser extent), the three Latino groups that have had deeper historical connections with North America. In recent years, the collection's scope has diversified and expanded to cover the broader historical, cultural, and social experience of the Latinos in the United States.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized

      4. Collection locations
        Primarily housed in the Main Library Research Collections.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Preponderance of materials in English and Spanish. As to works of fiction, translations into Spanish or English are acquired when are of scholarly interest.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Restricted to the present United States, including Puerto Rico, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      Emphasis is on nineteenth through twentieth-first centuries.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Acquisition of current materials is the norm. Purchase of retrospective and out-of-print materials is undertaken in limited scale, primarily in response to research and curricular demands of faculty.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Monographs and serials acquisitions in print format predominate. Primary source materials in microform are purchased on a more selective basis. We currently subscribe to the main online bibliographic indexes in the field: the Hispanic American Periodical Index and the Chicano Database. Resources in video, DVDs and CD-Rom formats are only occasionally purchased. At present, no newspaper subscriptions are maintained.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    A full-time librarian is responsible for the Chicano-Riqueño and Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese collections in the Main Library.

  4. Related Collections
    Some overlap with the Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies collections. No cooperative collection development agreements exist.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Selection of print resources is carried out on a title-by-title basis by the Librarian for Chicano-Riqueño and Latino Studies. The IU Libraries' general approval plan program increases the Latin American collection's base budget by supporting the purchase of monographs in English from American and British university and trade presses.

    Both print and electronic lists and catalogs from publishers as well as from domestic and foreign book vendors constitute our most important selection tools. The Librarian also relies on the following tools and resources to select new and retrospective titles:

    • Recommendations by faculty, researchers, and graduate students;
    • Topical and author searches in online union catalogs, such as OCLC's WorldCat and RLIN/Eureka;
    • The print newsletter and listserv of the Seminar on the Acquisitions of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) Please note that the site has the contact information for Ibero-American vendors and links to Latin American and Latino Studies collection websites.
    • Book reviews from core journals in the field published in the United States and abroad (Examples: Latin American Research Review, Críticas, The Bilingual Review);
    • H-NET Reviews;
    • Attendance to international book fairs, most notably the Guadalajara International Book Fair
    • Websites from international cultural organizations, such as Casa de las Americas (;
    • Other Latino Studies collection's recent acquisitions lists (available through SALALM page);
    • Domestic and foreign news broadcasts and cultural TV programs, including NPR, Univisión, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Canal 22/Conaculta Mexico, and Television Española.
    Periodically, I also scan the bibliography section of recent titles to search for relevant citations for possible addition to collection. In addition, the Librarian also searches the online inventory of books in print published by CERLALC, the Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe

    To a lesser extent, gifts-in-kind are another source of supply of resources for the collection. The Librarian is currently exploring ways to establish an exchange program with other Latino Studies collections.

  6. Preservation
    At present, the Latin American collection has no routine preservation program in place.

  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    The Librarian for Latin American Studies will rely on the following criteria for selection of titles to be transferred to the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF):

    • Physical condition of the volume (brittleness, deterioration)
    • Low-use resources
    • Inactive subscriptions (ceased and cancelled serial publications)
    • Duplicates (multiple copies of a book and various editions of textbooks)
    • Outdated directories
  8. Digital Projects
    None currently in place.
  9. Other Resources and Libraries

  10. Consortial Agreements

Chicano-Riqueño Studies Home Page

Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/20/2012