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Collection Development Policies - Global Studies

Global Studies

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      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 Global Studies collection. More specifically, the collection development policy statement provides the Global Studies Subject Area Librarian with guidelines for reflective practice and helps Global Studies 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 Global Studies Subject Area Librarian, and Faculty and Students whose focus or interest is in the area of Global Studies.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The Center for the Study of Global Change maintains a strong commitment to interdisciplinary study and research. It has consciously followed a policy of encouraging the crossing of disciplinary boundaries in study and research. The Center sponsors a broad range of educational programs and research on global issues in the contemporary world. These encompass the effects of fundamental societal transformation, the impact of power on social and political life, problems of differentials in the access to resources, sustainable development, and the growing influence of nationalism and movements of cultural identity. The URL for the Center is:

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The collection was established to correspond with the creation of the Center for the Study of Global Change.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        All aspects of globalization.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Globalization, and interdisciplinary studies that include tw0 or more area studies.

      4. Collection locations
        Main Library, Business SPEA Library, Education Library, Map and Geography Library
  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
      All countries

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      The emphasis of collection development is to acquire materials supporting current research in the area of globalization.

    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 Global studies is the primary collection development manager, but he collaborates with all fund managers in the social sciences and humanities and professional schools.

  4. Related collections
    Government Documents; History; Law; Political Science; Psychology; Reference; Sociology; Business; Education; Economics; 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
      Materials relating to historic international organizations prior to 1945.

    2. High-priority areas of the collection for preservation review and treatment
      Materials relating to international studies and law prior to 1945.
  7. Selection criteria for ALF
    As the collection goes from A-Z, this would have to be done in consultation with all the area and subject librarians. But generally it would include materials older than 20 years.

  8. Digital projects
    1. Criteria for selection for digitization
      To be done in consultation with area librarians.

    2. Priorities for collections to be digitized
      Historic international organizations.
  9. Other resources and libraries
    CIC Libraries and Library of Congress

  10. Consortial agreements

Global Studies Home Page

Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/23/2012