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Collection Development Policies - Computer Science

Computer Science

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The purpose of this policy statement is to provide an overview of the collection development plan and offer guidance about which print and electronic materials best support computer science research and teaching at Indiana University.

    2. Audience
      This policy is intended to inform the librarian, faculty advisors to the library, university administrators, and prospective or new faculty and graduate students in the computer science department, and faculty in related departments and schools including the School of Informatics.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The IU Computer Science department is the primary user of computer science materials collected in the Swain Hall Library. The collection also serves a significant number of undergraduates and graduate students in a number of departments in COAS. Currently the Computer Science department has approximately 20 faculty members, 18 staff members, and over 400 undergraduate and graduate students.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The computer science collection started out small and coincided with the establishment of the IU Department of Computer Science in the early 1970s. Swain Hall Library became the location for the collection, joining physics, astronomy, and mathematics.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The collection reflects a variety of computing pursuits, including a deep collection in subjects such as artificial intelligence, open source software, computational complexity, theoretical computer science, machine learning, multiprocessing architectures and algorithms, parallel and distributed computing, artificial life, and logic.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        The aforementioned subject areas are emphasized, as are the following areas: pattern recognition, operating systems (UNIX, LINUX), high level programming languages, graphics, text processing, computer security (QA76.9 A25), computer assurance, cryptography, data encryption, and virtual reality.
        Those deemphasized or collected to a lesser degree include cognition and brain theory, history and biography in computer science, human-computer interaction (often handled by the Informatics collection), e-business, data mining, integrated circuits, and robotics.

      4. Collection locations
        The computer science collection is located on both levels of the Swain Hall Library.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Currently there is no systematic collecting of computer science materials in non-English languages.

    2. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      In general, the focus of the computer science collection is current research, where the goal is to maintain a good working collection of computing materials to support research and instruction through the Ph.D.

    3. Formats collected and excluded
      Journals, monographs, conference proceedings are the primary formats of material collected. Introductory lower-level textbooks, popular works on computing, and reprints of journal articles in monograph form are not collected. Selected computer manuals are included in the collection, but print manuals and documentation have been deemphasized in recent years.
  3. Collecting responsibility
    It is the responsibility of the Swain Hall Librarian to make collection decisions about the computer science collection, often in consultation with the Swain Hall Library committee.

  4. Related collections
    Mathematics, Business, Philosophy, Informatics, Cognitive Psychology, and Linguistics are related collections on the IUB campus.

  5. Principal sources of supply and major selection tools
    The major source of supply and the primary selection tool is the Academic Book Center/ Blackwell Book Services science approval plan and approval forms.

  6. Preservation

  7. Selection criteria for ALF
    Criteria include: currency of the material, and availability of the journal run or monographs online.

  8. Digital projects

  9. Other resources and libraries

    CiteSeer, ( a scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness and offers the full-text of many computing papers. CiteSeer provides algorithms, techniques, and software that can be used in other digital libraries. CiteSeer indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web, and provides the user with many indexing and searching features.

    The online version of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (SpringerLink) was purchased in 2002 and offers the full-text of over 200 annual conference proceedings and monographs, as well as online access to older volumes in the series.

    Books 24X7 is a digital library of computer manuals, technical and business reference works, research reports, computer documentation, and articles.

  10. Consortial agreements

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last updated: 4/20/2012