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Collection Development Policies - Journalism

Journalism Collection

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      This policy statement outlines the scope of the Journalism Collection on the Indiana University, Bloomington campus.

    2. Audience
      The collection policy is written for librarians of Indiana University (IU), the faculty of the School of Journalism, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs of study offered by the School of Journalism, and other users of the IU Libraries.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The Journalism Collection supports undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as research on the graduate faculty level in the fields of journalism and mass communication. The school confers a B.A. in journalism, M.A. in journalism, and a Ph.D. in mass communication. In 2004-2005, the School of Journalism had a full-time faculty of 22 members, an undergraduate enrollment of 662 students, and a graduate enrollment of about 40 students.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        In 1938, a library was formally started for the School of Journalism, which at that time was a department within the College of Arts and Sciences. The chairman of the journalism department, John E. Stempel, selected Miriam Meloy Sturgeon to organize a departmental library. Sturgeon organized the first journalism library, and became a lifelong supporter of it, including working with the IU Foundation and the School of Journalism Development Campaign to raise $3 million for the remodeling of Ernie Pyle Hall in 1975 where the journalism library would be relocated. The Journalism Library became a campus library of the IU Libraries in 1975, and moved into the newly remodeled facility in Ernie Pyle Hall in 1977.

        Frances Wilhoit was the librarian for the Journalism Library from 1975 until her retirement in 1999. During Wilhoit's tenure the journalism collection catalog records were integrated into the online catalog of the IU Libraries, also a small room in the library was dedicated to a collection of newspaper columns, books and memorabilia of Ernie Pyle, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his World War II newspaper dispatches and a former student at Indiana University. In 1994 the Ernie Pyle collection was transferred to the special collections of the Lilly Library on the Indiana University, Bloomington campus.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        In 2004, the Journalism Library was again remodeled. The updated facility is equipped with individual and group computer workstations that feature an array of electronic database resources accessible via the World Wide Web that include the Academic Universe Lexis-Nexis, as well as a subscription to the classic Lexis-Nexis; Factiva, and Historical Newspapers (New York Times, 1790 - 1980; the London Times, 1790 - 1905; and others).

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        Before 2004, the Journalism Library contained materials in three subjects areas; journalism, telecommunications, and communications & culture.

      4. Collection locations
        After being remodeled the library concentrated its collection on the field of journalism primarily. Older publications from the Journalism collection are housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility, and some interdisciplinary materials relevant to journalism can be found in the Main Library, Research Collection. The telecommunications and communication & culture collections were transferred to the Main Library, Research Collections on the Bloomington campus. The Journalism Collection, which is housed in the renovated library facility of Ernie Pyle Hall, supports both a professional journalism tradition, as well as an interdisciplinary academic curriculum on the role of journalism and mass communication in society. Library materials support the School of Journalism course offerings, which include the following:
        • Reporting and editing for the print and broadcast media;
        • Communication law;
        • Histories of newspapers, magazines and media
        • Effects of the mass media on society;
        • Professional ethics;
        • Philosophy and function of news in a political context;
        • Visual communication
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Virtually all of the publications in the Journalism Collection are in English.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      The collection's major concentration is journalism as practiced in the United States of America and Western Europe. However, the collection contains literature comparing media internationally, and literature about the national media of many countries worldwide.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      The focus of the Journalism Collection is 20th century publications and later.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      There are very few titles from the 1800s or early 1900s in the Journalism Collection. Most of the materials in the Journalism Collection are from the post WWII period.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      The Journalism Collection is selected and organized in print, video, and electronic formats. The video collection supports teaching in the classroom by journalism faculty, and faculty from other departments, or in-library use by students. The electronic databases in the Journalism Collection are interdisciplinary, such as the Lexis-Nexis Academic Database or Factiva database and are available campus-wide via the Internet.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The collection manager responsible for the Journalism Collection is the IU Libraries faculty member assigned to serve as the subject bibliographer for journalism, who also performs reference and instruction in that area. The Journalism Collection Manager collaborates with other subject funds mangers based on user demand or interdisciplinary interests, most frequently recently overlapping collection responsibilities have arisen between business and undergraduate core collections services.

  4. Related Collections
    The Journalism Collection is highly related to the Telecommunications and Communications & Culture Collections, which were initially developed as one collection. Visual communication curriculum courses that are taught in the School of Journalism utilize materials housed in the Fine Arts Library and Main Library, Research Collections.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Selection tools used in collecting materials for journalism range from traditional library selection journals such as Library Journal and Choice, to specialized publisher catalogs such as the catalog by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates for communication. Selections of materials for the Journalism Collection are also managed through the approved library vendor, Blackwell.

  6. Preservation
    The Journalism Collection has not required major de-acidification or preservation work. The major area of preservation that has been performed has been in the binding or repair of binding of books and volumes of journals.

  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    Selection for the ALF for the Journalism Library will include older bound journals, and ceased journal titles. Back files of the active journal titles will be kept and housed for the current ten-year-period in the Journalism Library, and then transferred to the ALF. Low circulating monographs will be transferred to the ALF to maintain the monograph collection housed at the Journalism Library at approximately a 2000 volume level.

  8. Other Resources and Libraries
    A model academic library in the areas of journalism, communication and culture, and media studies is the Communications Library at the University of Illinois. Bibliographies from the University of Illinois are consulted for the development of the Journalism Collection.

  9. Consortial Agreements
    None presently exist



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Revised April 2012


last updated: 4/23/2012