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Collection Development Policies - Linguistics


  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      This policy is intended as a guideline for purchases on the Linguistics budget. This document provides an overview of the Linguistics collection, and should serve as a guide for maintaining and updating the collection, and a reference for other collectors and administrators.

    2. Audience
      The intended audience is the IU library community and the Linguistics department.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The Linguistics Department is in the College of Arts & Sciences, has approximately 14 faculty and 60 resident graduate students. It has a national and international reputation as a strong department especially in African Linguistics. The department offers the following degrees: M.A. and Ph.D.

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The collection has been carefully developed over the past several decades. The Library materials purchased on the Linguistics fund are intended primarily to support the instruction and research through the Ph.D. degree of Linguistics students and to support the research of the Linguistics Department faculty. A second objective is to make materials on linguistics available to the university community and to the community at large.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the study, the collection is actively used by faculty and graduate students from other language related departments, and is, in return, enriched by other relevant collections, especially the African Studies Collection and other language related collections.

      3. Subject areas emphasized or deemphasized
        The collection, mainly in the English language, is strong in the basic components of general linguistics: syntax, phonology and semantics, though the core collection has also been broadened over the years into other applied areas, such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, teaching English as second language, computational linguistics, translation, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and historical linguistics.

      4. Collection locations
        The collection is located primarily on the 9th floor of the research tower.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Most of the materials purchased on the Linguistics fund are in English, but there are works in French, German, Spanish and Italian or other languages.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      While Geography is not a major concern for linguistics, the collection does reflect the strong concentration of research from the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada, as well the major European countries.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      All periods are covered.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Retrospective collecting is rare.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Inclusions: The Linguistics fund is used primarily for the purchase of books and periodicals. Dissertations are ordered as requested in xerographic printout form if possible. The collection has been adding electronic journals regularly as well as titles from netLibrary in recent years.

      Exclusions: Audiovisual materials are not ordered on the Linguistics fund. Nor any linguistic corpora.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    Collection manager- Jian Liu

  4. Related Collections
    Adjacent of related disciplines include African studies, and most of the other area studies and language studies, Psychology, Sociology, Informatics and Computer Science

  5. Principal sources of supply and major selection tools
    Approval plan forms, LC slips, vendor catalogs, journal reviews

  6. Selection Criteria for ALF
    To date, selection has been based on the existence of duplicate copies. For the next phase, age and condition will be considered. Journal runs that are duplicated in the libraries' online subscriptions will also be considered.

Linguistics Home Page > Revised October 2004

last updated: 4/24/2012