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Collection Development Policies - Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice


  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      A. The purpose of this collection development policy statement is to provide, in general, members of the Subject Area Librarians Council with guidelines for the parameters of the Criminal Justice collections. More specifically, the collection development policy statement provides the Criminal Justice Subject Area Librarian with guidelines for reflective practice and helps Criminal Justice Faculty and Students understand how the collections are structured and developed, facilitating in both instances the potential for mutual understanding between Librarian, Faculty, and Students by providing a framework for dialogue.

    2. Audience
      The audience for this policy is thus the Subject Area Librarians Council, the Criminal Justice Subject Area Librarian, and Faculty and Students whose focus or interest is in the area of Criminal Justice.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      Faculty research covers important developing areas that bridge the study of crime with study of law, culture, race, and gender. In addition to major components of the criminal justice system and the causes and distribution of crime, faculty conduct research in community justice, dispute settlement, violence, cross-cultural studies, and critical theory. The academic backgrounds of the faculty are multidisciplinary and include the fields of anthropology, geography, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology, as well as criminal justice and criminology. As faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, department members draw on the academic resources of one of the nation's finest research universities.

      The Department of Criminal Justice offers an undergraduate major and minor for the B.A. degree through the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as individualized programs of graduate study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. We have 18 full-time and part-time faculty members, a diverse graduate student body of approximately 30 students, and over 400 undergraduate majors. The URL for the Department is: http://www.indiana.edu/~crimjust/

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The collection for criminal justice dates back to 1935 when the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology was established. The Institute's function was to coordinate, extend, and supplement those facilities and services of the departments and schools of the University which were related to the administration of the criminal law. Following World War II the University created a new Department of Police Administration in the College of Arts and Sciences. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Department continued to expand its focus, adding courses in such areas as theories and history of crime and social control, community policing, and court administration, and attracting faculty from a broad range of academic disciplines. The IU Libraries support these interests with a collection of monographs, serials, and microforms.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The primary subjects for collection are: theory and philosophy; law enforcement; police administration; correctional institutions; crime prevention; victimology; administration of justice; forensic psychology; social control. The secondary subjects for collection are: public law; legal systems; public policy.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Same as "ii"

      4. Collection locations
        The Criminal Justice collection is in the Main Library Research Collections.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      The acquisitions policy is determined by language consideration. Comprehensive coverage of English language materials and very selective coverage of materials in French and German, Spanish and Italian.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      As a rule, materials dealing with other geographic areas are not considered if they focus on individual countries, especially countries covered by the Area Studies Librarians. Materials are considered if they deal with a particular subject on a continental basis, or large geographical areas. This is to insure that important works of such a nature are acquired if they have not already been by the Area Studies Librarians.
      1. Primary Countries: United States, Canada, Great Britain.
      2. Secondary Countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand.
    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      The emphasis of collection development is to acquire materials supporting current research.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Acquisition of introductory texts is made on a very selective basis. Retrospective acquisitions are done very selectively, focusing on the purchase of important works. Retrospective selections include reviewing reprint publications, microfilm collections, and out-of-print catalogs. . If an electronic version of a serial is available, the library will not normally buy the additional print version as well.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Materials are not considered if their contents are contained in other sources (e.g., government publications or periodicals). Materials which are a compilation of articles such as edited works and readers are not collected, unless the work is a collection of original essays.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The fund manager for criminal justice is the Main collection manager for criminal justice. Government document pertaining to criminal justice are the responsibility of GIMSS.

  4. Related Collections
    Government Documents; History; Law; Political Science; Psychology; Reference; Sociology; SPEA; Undergraduate Collections.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    The collection receives monographs on two approval plans:

    The other approval plan covers non-university scholarly presses in the social sciences and humanities.

  6. Preservation
    1. Criteria for selection for preservation and/or mass deacidification
      Pre 1900 imprints

    2. High-priority areas of the collection for preservation review and treatment
      Pre 1900 imprints
  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    I have completed reviewing all the HV's for both monographs and serials. Materials older than 20 years have been sent to ALF.

  8. Digital Projects
    Indiana imprints relating to criminal justice, especially state documents.

  9. Other Resources and Libraries
    CIC Libraries and the Library of Congress.

  10. Consortial Agreements
    None



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 4/20/2012