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Collection Development Policies - Kinesiology


  1. Introduction

    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The purpose of the policy statement is to provide guidelines and parameters for the development and maintenance of resources in the Public Health Library at Indiana University Bloomington. It serves the collection manager in making collection decisions and in the disbursement of funds. As an academic library, the Public Health Library collections mirror the course offerings and research interests of students and scholars in the School of Public Health. The collection development policy therefore stands as a dynamic framework which will likely change and be modified as courses and research change.

    2. Audience
      The Public Health Library serves primarily the students, staff, and faculty of Indiana University, as well as the citizens of Indiana, visiting scholars, and the general public.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      See the departmental website at: The Public Health Library supports undergraduate and graduate instruction and research in Kinesiology, as well as University-sponsored research by faculty. Degrees offered are the B.S, M.S., and Ph.D., as well as several certificate programs. The library collections reflect the department's emphases in adapted physical education, applied sport science, athletic training, social science of sport, sport management, sports medicine, biomechanics, measurement and assessment, exercise physiology, dance, ergonomics and human engineering, coaching, and motor learning/control. It also serves the needs of department programs and projects such as the Human Performance Laboratory and Adult Fitness Center.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The collections of the Public Health Library are an outgrowth of the original Weir Reading Room for graduate students, located on the first floor of the School of Public Health Building and comprised of donated books and journals. In 1978, the Public Health Library was officially established as a Campus Library under the auspices of the Indiana University Libraries' vast network, and moved to the ground level to a larger room. Expansion and renovation took place again in 1996, taking over another classroom on the ground level. Currently the library holds approximately 23,000 volumes and over 250 periodical subscriptions.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        Strengths: Biomechanics, motor ability, physical education and teacher training, child development, adapted physical education, sports medicine.Copies of all IU Doctoral dissertations and Master's theses from the Department are retained.
        Weaknesses: The department has recently added a Master's program in Ergonomics, as well as a Minor in dance. These collections must be built up in the future.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        See strengths/weaknesses.

      4. Collection locations
        Circulating materials and Reference books are located in several call number ranges in the Public Health Library. The BF section has books on motor ability and development, child motor learning; the GV's contain books on sports, athletics, dance, measurement and testing in sports. Some related materials are found in the KF (sport law) and LB (teaching motor activities) areas. Physiology of exercise is in the QP's, as well as sport nutrition and biomechanics. Several related sections are found in the R's: Exercise, yoga, stress reduction and exercise, cardiac therapy and rehabilitation, sports medicine, massage, sports injuries, orthopedics, ergonomics, exercise and pregnancy, children's movement disorders, adapted physical education, physical therapy. Items in the Main Library will be found in the same call number ranges.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      English is the primary language of collecting, with very few exceptions. A small number of gift books are written in Chinese. Canadian journals are bilingual, in French and English.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Most regions of the world are covered in the materials housed in the Public Health Library.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      All periods are covered, from antiquity to modern times.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Materials from early and mid-twentieth century are scant; most titles date from the 1960's to the present. Retrospective purchases are made when a gap in a specific area needs to be filled, or a book is missing from the collection.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Books, periodicals, monographic series in print; videos, DVDs, microfilm/fiche; electronic resources such as E-Books and E-Journals, databases. There is an equitable balance of print formats and electronic formats.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The Head of the Public Health Library is responsible for collection development.Faculty and graduate students from School of Public Health make requests and recommendations.Cooperating librarians include: managers for comparable call number ranges in the Main Library, including the History of Science collections; the Life Sciences Library, the Education Library, Business/SPEA (sports marketing), Journalism (sports broadcasting).

  4. Related Collections
    In addition to the collections and libraries mentioned in III, related collections arefound in the IU Law School Library (sport law), NCAA Library in Indianapolis ( , the Monroe County Public Library (

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Faculty recommendations; Reviews from Choice; Approval Plans; publisher's catalogs; NASLINE (North American Sport Libraries Information Network) Online Newsletter; publications from Professional Associations such as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), National Dance Association (NDA), National Association of Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS), and the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM), and academic presses; gifts.

  6. Preservation
    1. Criteria for selection for preservation and/or mass deacidification
      Torn spines, pages falling out, soiled or damaged books.

    2. High-priority areas of the collection for preservation review and treatment
      None at present.
  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    Monographs published prior to 1980; low circulation; duplicates. Periodicals remain in the Public Health Library for 10 years, then are transferred to ALF in thesummer of the 11th year.

  8. Digital Projects
    1. Criteria for selection for digitization
      No digital projects as yet.

    2. Priorities for collections to be digitized
      Dance videos of IU dance performances.
  9. Other Resources and Libraries
    1. The Life Sciences Library, Government Information and Statistical Serves Department, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, the Business/SPEA Library, the Education Library, the Monroe County Public Library.
    2. Kinesiology and Physical Education-related materials: the Life Sciences Library, Education Library, Music Library, Business/SPEA Library, JournalismLibrary, IU Sports Information Services, NCAA Library (Indianapolis), Indiana Sports Corporation (Indianapolis)
  10. Consortial Agreements
    The Public Health Library has no official consortial agreements. On occasion, donatedbooks may be sent to an international college or University with which the School of Public Health has an established relationship. The Public Health Library also receives a small quantity of gift books from these institutions.

Kinesiology Home Page

Revised April 2012

last updated: 9/5/2012