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Collection Development Policies - Political Science

Political Science

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The purpose of this collection development policy statement is to provide, in general, members of the Subject Area Librarians Council with guidelines for the parameters of the Political Science collections. More specifically, the collection development policy statement provides the Political Science Subject Area Librarian with guidelines for reflective practice and helps Political Science Faculty and Students understand how the collections are structured and developed, facilitating in both instances the potential for mutual understanding between Librarian, Faculty, and Students by providing a framework for dialogue.

    2. Audience
      The audience for this policy is thus the Subject Area Librarians Council, the Political Science Subject Area Librarian, and Faculty and Students whose focus or interest is in the area of Political Science.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      Description of institution/department and clientele: The department is one of the oldest political science departments in the nation, and is consistently recognized as one of the outstanding departments in the country. The faculties teach courses on a variety of topics in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy. Faculty members write and conduct research on a vast array of issues and problems that are crucial to the future of our nation and the world. The URL for the Department is:

    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The political science collection dates back to the opening of the Maxwell Hall library in 1891. A seminar room for political science was located in one of the two-story wings of the library. In 1914, to supplement the collections in political science the library began collecting and classifying documents from every state, many cities, learned societies, universities, and foreign countries.

      2. Collection strengths and weaknesses
        The primary subjects for collection are: international relations and organizations; comparative politics; quantitative methods and data; peace research and strategic affairs; political theory and philosophy; political participation and organization; political development and modernization; political behavior; policy analysis; public choice theories; state and local politics; intergovernmental relations; governmental institutions and processes; political culture and ideologies; American political system; European political system; global politics. The secondary subjects for collection are: international law; constitutional law and history; environmental politics; public law; regulatory politics; public administration

      3. Collection locations
        This would include the Main Library Information and the Business SPEA Library, GIMSS
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      The acquisitions policy is determined by language consideration. Comprehensive coverage of English language materials, and very selective coverage of materials in French and German, Spanish and Italian.

      LC ranges covered include

      HX0001-HX0971 Socialism
      J0001-J0981 Legislative & Executive Documents
      JA0001-JA0098 Collections
      JC0001-JC0607 Political Theory
      F0001-JF1337 Constitutional History
      JK0001-JK9562 United States
      JL0001-JL0500 British/Latin America
      JN0001-JN1571 Europe
      JQ3995-JQ6651 Asia/Africa/Australia
      JS0001-JS1800 Local Government
      JV6350-JV7127 Colonies
      JZ0001-JZ6530 International Law
      K0001-K0487 Law (General)
      KZ1249-KZ1285 Law of Nations
      U0000-UZZ9999 Military Science
      V0000-VZZ9999 Naval Science
      Z7161-Z7166 Bibliography, Library Science

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      As a rule, materials dealing with other geographic areas are not considered if they focus on individual countries, especially countries covered by the Area Studies Librarians. Materials are considered if they deal with a particular subject on a continental basis, or large geographical areas. This is to insure that important works of such a nature are acquired if they have not already been by the Area Studies Librarians.
      1. Primary Countries: United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Iceland, Greece, Australia, New Zealand.

      2. Secondary Countries: China, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia.
    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      The emphasis of collection development is to acquire materials supporting current research.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Acquisition of introductory texts is made on a very selective basis. Retrospective acquisitions are done very selectively, focusing on the purchase of important works. Retrospective selections include reviewing reprint publications, microfilm collections, and out-of-print catalogs.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      Materials are not considered if their contents are contained in other sources (e.g., government publications or periodicals). Materials which are a compilation of articles such as edited works and readers are not collected, unless the work is a collection of original essays.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    History and SPEA.

  4. Related Collections
    GIMSS; SPEA; Sociology; Economics; Media; Journalism; Geography; Philosophy; Reference; and all Area Studies.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    The collection receives monographs on two approval plans:

    1. The other approval plan covers non-university scholarly presses in the social sciences and humanities.

    2. Other selection tools include Library Journal, Choice, Publishers Weekly and blurbs sent to me directly from publishers, faculty and patrons. I also review a number of scholarly journals in the discipline.
  6. Selection Criteria for ALF
    The collections have been reviewed twice for ALF. Materials older than 20 years have been sent to the ALF.

  7. Digital Projects
    1. Criteria for selection for digitization
      Unique or rare materials.

    2. Priorities for collections to be digitized
      Political party materials, political pamphlets, and miscellaneous political newsletters, etc.
  8. Other Resources and Libraries
    CIC Libraries and Library of Congress

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Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/24/2012