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Collection Development Policies - Communication and Culture

Communication and Culture


  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      This policy statement outlines the scope of the Communication and Culture Collection of the Indiana University campus

    2. Audience
      The collection policy is written for librarians of Indiana University (IU), faculty and students of the Department of Communication and Culture, and other users of the IU Libraries.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The collection serves the Communication and Culture Department. ThisDepartment emphasizes the study of communication, social discourse, and media. The graduate program of the department "emphasizes the cultural dimensions and implications of communication practices from oral and written language, to film, television, and digital narrative," according to a curriculum description found in August, 2004 on the department's Home Page- http://www.indiana.edu/~cmcl/

      The Communication and Culture Collection supports undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. teaching programs, as well as faculty research on a graduate level.

      In 2004-2005 the Communication and Culture Department had an enrollment of 528 undergraduate majors, 86 graduate students. And, the department was made up of 21 full-time faculty members.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The Communication and Culture Department formed in the year 1998 when a group of faculty members from multiple disciplines including the departments of Speech Communication, Film Studies, Comparative Literature, and English among others came together to form a new department with common yet interdisciplinary research and teaching interests. After the formation of the new department, the Speech Communication Department was dissolved.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        Prior to its dissolution the Speech Communication Department, its collection, which included a monograph and journal collection in speech forensics, interpersonal communication, and cross-cultural communication, was housed primarily in the Journalism Library.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
      4. Collection locations
        After the Journalism Library was remodeled in 2004, those collections associated with speech communication, and the new Communication and Culture Department, were transferred to the Main Library, Research Collection. The Communication and Culture monograph collection is presently housed in the Main Library, Research Collection, and related videos can be found in the Main Library, Media Services Unit or Journalism Library. Electronic resources are accessible campus-wide via the Internet.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Virtually all of the publications in the Communication and Culture Collection are in English.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      The Communication and Culture Collection is concentrated in material published from the United States of America or Great Britain.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      Most of the materials in the Communication and Culture Collection are from the post WWII period.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      The publication of dates of materials in the Communication and Culture Collection began with the 1930s.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      The Communication and Culture Collection is selected and organized in print, video, and electronic formats.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The collection manager responsible for the Communication and Culture Collection is the IU Libraries faculty member assigned to serve as the subject bibliographer for Communication and Culture, and who also performs reference and instruction in that area. The Communication and Culture collection manager corroborates with other subject managers, such as in Film Studies, based on user demand or interdisciplinary interests.

  4. Related Collections
    The Communication and Culture Collection is highly related to the journalism and telecommunications collection, which initially developed as one collection.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Selection tools used to purchase materials for Communication and Culture range from traditional library journals, such as Library Journal and Choice, to specialized publisher catalogs such at the catalog of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in Communication. Selections of materials for the Communication and Culture Collection are also managed via the approved library vendor, Blackwell.

  6. Preservation
    The Communication and Culture Collection has not required major de-acidification or preservation work. The major area of preservation has been performed in the binding or repair of binding of books and volumes of journals.

  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    Selection for the ALF for the Communication and Culture Collection include older bound journals and ceased journal titles. Back-files of the active journal titles will be housed for the latest ten-year-period in the Main Library, Research Collection, and then transferred to the ALF. Low-circulating monographs with publication dates older than the year 1995 were also transferred to the ALF.

  8. Digital Projects
    None presently being considered

  9. Other Resources and Libraries
    A model academic library in the areas of communication and culture, journalism, and media studies is the Communications Library at the University of Illinois. Bibliographies from the University of Illinois are consulted for the development of the Communication and Culture Collection.

  10. Consortial Agreements
    None exist presently



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 4/20/2012