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Collection Development Policies - Education

Education Collection


  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The purpose of this policy statement is to guide the collection development and management decisions for the education and teaching materials collections in the Education Library.

    2. Audience
      The intended readers are IUB Libraries' staff and the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Education.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      Indiana University is a research extensive institution with a strong University Graduate School and undergraduate programs. The School of Education is considered a single core campus with facilities at both Bloomington and Indianapolis. The school is organized into several faculties including: Counseling & Educational Psychology, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Instructional Systems Technology, and Language Education in Bloomington. The school is home to several centers where faculty, students, and staff do research and service on topics related to education and human development. The school is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and programs are accredited by their respective disciplinary associations. In the past five years, the school has ranked among the top 20 schools of education in the country by the publishers of U.S. News and World Report.


      1. History of the collection
        The Education Library became a branch library of the IUB Libraries during the mid-1970s. During the next decade its activities, including technical services, became fully integrated with those of the campus library system. Until the Education Library moved to its new facilities in 1992, interdisciplinary, historical, comparative, and philosophical works as well as items in foreign languages were purchased for housing in the Research Collections.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The education collection is strong in the following areas: history of education, teaching, elementary and secondary education, school finance, school administration and organization, education of women, education of the gifted and handicapped, American educational institutions, and ERIC documents. The collection is weak in works on school life, home education, humanistic education, and institutions of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceana.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Subject areas deemphasized include works on college preparation such as SAT test study materials and on college survival skills such as study skills.

      4. Collection locations
        Current materials are housed in the Education Library. Some older periodicals and monographs are housed in the Research Collections and the ALF. Older School of Education dissertations with call numbers LZ1 and LZ1.1 are in the ALF.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Selection decisions focus on providing comprehensive coverage of English language materials, with selective coverage of materials in West European languages and translations of important foreign language materials into English.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Geographically, comprehensive coverage is given to publications of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Western Europe. Over the past decade there has been increased interest in acquiring monographs on education in Latin America and Asia.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      There is emphasis on collecting materials reporting current research. Historical studies are also acquired.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Over the past decade there has been an increasing emphasis on retrospective acquisitions and gifts to strengthen gaps in the collection. Out-of-print materials are sometimes ordered.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      The Education Library acquires print, electronic, microforms, and non-print materials. It houses a complete collection of the ERIC documents on microfiche. Acquisition of college level textbooks is made on a selective basis. The Teaching Materials Collection houses a comprehensive collection of P-12 textbooks currently adopted by Indiana Department of Education for use in Indiana's schools. Most of this material is received gratis from publishers as a public review site for the state's textbook adoption process. Because of space limitations, an historic collection of textbooks is not maintained
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The Head, Education Library has primary responsibility for fund 27 and the acquisition of materials for the education and teaching materials collections. The Head works closely with the Assistant Head, who is responsible for the children's collection, and consults other bibliographers as appropriate especially those in the social sciences.

  4. Related Collections
    Research Collections (especially psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, history, and philosophy), Government Publications, Business/SPEA, Public Health Library, Lilly, Reference, University Archives, and the Center for Disability Information and Referral.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Education relies on two approval plans for the bulk of its monographic acquisitions: university presses and social sciences and humanities. In addition, selections are made from the CDS alerting service. Other firm orders come from patron requests and professional association catalogs and flyers.

    The bibliographer reviews the weekly issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week for notices of new publications. In addition, periodic surveys are made of the book review index of Education Index. Lastly, current guides to the literatures of education are occasionally reviewed to identify gaps in holdings.

  6. Preservation
    1. High-priority areas of the collection for preservation review and treatment
      High priority areas for preservation review and treatment are the education periodicals and research monographs for the 19th and early 20th centuries including those that are housed in the Research Collections.
  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    Dissertations written before 1994 have been transferred to the ALF.When the Education Library is at capacity, the priorities for transfer to ALF are 1) journals that are available full-text from JSTOR; 2) periodicals published before 1970; 3) monographs that have never circulated;

  8. Digital Projects
    1. Priorities for collections to be digitized
      Education currently is not a participant in any digital projects. High priority for education would be the digitization of 19th and early 20th centuries education periodicals such as the Proceedings of the National Education Association and state education periodicals for the Midwest.

  9. Other Resources and Libraries
    Other resources and libraries include major education collections in the CIC, especially those at the University of Illinois http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/ and the University of Wisconsin http://www.library.wisc.edu. In addition, the historic textbook collection maintained by the Center for Research Libraries http://www.crl.edu/collections/our-collection/textbooks is an important adjunct.

  10. Consortial Agreements
    The Education Library is not a participant in any consortial agreements.



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 9/5/2012