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Collection Development Policies

Health, Physical Education and Recreation


  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
      The Public Health Library supports undergraduate and graduate instruction and research in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration through the Ph.D., as well as University-sponsored research by faculty. The departmental website is found at: http://www.indiana.edu/~recpark/index.shtml. Library collections reflect the department?s emphases in park and recreation management, leisure studies, interpretive studies, recreation leadership, therapeutic and inclusive recreation, outdoor recreation and resource management, sport and recreation management, aging studies, underwater resource management, adventure recreation, wilderness, tourism studies and management, and hospitality. In addition, the library serves the Division of Recreational Sports, and other programs and projects associated with the department: Bradford Woods Outdoor Education and Camping Center, the Bradford Institute on Disabled Americans Outdoors, the Executive Development Program, the Great Lakes Park Training Institute, the Leisure Research Institute, and the Hilltop Garden and Nature 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: Therapeutic Recreation, Outdoor Education, Leisure studies. Copies of all IU Doctoral dissertations and Master?s theses from the Department are retained.

        Weaknesses: Interpretation, underwater resource development, tourism management.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        See strengths/weaknesses. Gardening and landscape architecture are deemphasized

      4. Collection locations
        Circulating materials and Reference books are located in several call number ranges in the Public Health Library. The G call number range has books on recreation and leisure, recreation leadership and finance, recreation and aging, camping, camp administration, recreation for the disabled, hiking and backpacking, sport management, and scuba and deep diving; the L?s contain books on outdoor education.
  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
      Materials in the Public Health Library are generally published in the U.S. and UK. A few titles may come from European countries, Africa, South America, and Asia.

    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.

    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.
  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 inthe Main Library, the Education Library, and the Business/SPEA Library (tourism).

  4. Related collections
    In addition to the collections and libraries mentioned in III, related collections arefound in the Government Information and Statistical Services Department, the Law School Library, the BUS/SPEA Library, and the Monroe County Public Library.

  5. Principal sources of supply and major selection tools
    Faculty recommendations; Reviews from Choice; Approval Plans; publisher?s catalogs; publications from Professional Associations 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
    Published prior to 1980; low circulation; duplicates.

  8. Other resources and libraries
    The Life Sciences Library, Government Information and Statistical Services Department, the Business/SPEA Library, the Education Library, the Monroe County Public Library, the American Camping Association at Bradford Woods in Martinsville.

  9. 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.



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 9/5/2012