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Collection Development Policies - Informatics

Informatics Collection

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      To describe the collections and collection development guidelines for Informatics.

    2. Audience
      Faculty and students in the School of Informatics and in closely related schools and departments, Library administrators and IU Librarians with related collections including computer science and library and information science.

      Although the school itself is spread across multiple campuses, this document describes only the IU Bloomington collections and policies as they relate to Informatics.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      Three campuses have Informatics programs, namely, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and South Bend. In Bloomington, B.S. and M.S. degrees are offered as well as a PhD. minor in Bioinformatics, with a Ph.D. in development. IUPUI offers B.S. and M.S. degrees, and at South Bend, Informatics can be chosen as a minor. There will be a slow rollout to other regional campuses, with specializations at each campus.

      On the Bloomington campus, faculty research interests include bioinformatics, chemical informatics, community grids labs, cybersecurity, data mining, gender issues in IT education, health informatics, human-computer interaction, medical visualization, multilingualism on the Internet, music informatics, new media, simulation and modeling, social informatics, and visualization of scientific data.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        At Bloomington, because of the interdisciplinary nature of Informatics, initially library resources on Informatics were dispersed in campus libraries (especially the Swain Hall, Chemistry and Life Sciences Libraries) and the Main Library. When the school was created, the assumption was that existing library collections would support the new programs and no additional monies were allocated to the Libraries. In 2000, the IUB Libraries created a small Informatics fund which until Spring 2004 was used only to subscribe to large, expensive interdisciplinary electronic resources that benefit faculty and students in Informatics, broadly defined. Examples include Books 24x7 IT Collection and the IEEE Computer Science Digital Library.

        In Spring 2004, the IUB Libraries began to build a discrete Informatics monographs collection which is housed in the SLIS Library with materials in bioinformatics and chemical informatics still shelving in the Life Sciences and Chemistry Libraries.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The IUB Libraries' collections are very strong in all the areas in which Informatics is offering degrees.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Emphasized: social informatics, human-computer interaction, chemical and bio-informatics.

      4. Collection locations
        Materials can be found in the Main Library and various campus libraries including the Swain Hall Library and the Life Sciences and Chemistry Libraries. An Informatics book collection is currently being built in the SLIS Library.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      English language materials only.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      The SLIS book collection is international in scope.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      Only materials relating to the present time are purchased.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Only current materials are being bought.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      SLIS, Main Library, and the Chemistry and Life Sciences Libraries all contain printed books on Informatics. Large electronic resources are also purchased.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    Elizabeth Hanson

  4. Related Collections
    Library and Information Science, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, and others.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Professional Associations (Association of Computing Machinery, IEEE Computer Society, American Chemical Society, etc.) and standard publishers in traditional disciplines. The Blackwell Approval Plan is also utilized.

Informatics Collection Home Page
Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/23/2012