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Collection Development Policies - SPEA

Public and Environmental Affairs

  1. Introduction
    To support undergraduate and graduate instruction and research through the PhD. To support research by faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Emphasis is in the areas of public administration, general, state and local government, planning, environment, pollution control, energy and resources conservation, land use, water resources, public health, toxicology, and environmental engineering. SPEA makes use of some specialized databases, as well as the more general electronic resources available through the web of science and chemical abstracts. Electronic access to journals is the preferred method.

  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Almost exclusively in English. There are, however, some publications, mainly issued by governments, in German and French.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Universal, particularly in regard to problems of the environment. Public administration focuses mainly in the U.S. and West European countries, but increasingly in developing countries.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      Almost exclusively contemporary. Few publications on history and development of public administration.

    4. Formats collected and excluded
      Monographs, serials, reporting services, some government documents catalogued by the Library of Congress. Exclusions - AV, microforms, software and newspapers. Also little duplication.
  3. Related Collections
    SPEA shares common interests with a number of other disciplines, including political science, public health, geography, and hard sciences. There are joint programs with political science and geography. Items available in other libraries are not usually duplicated in the SPEA collection. Since both Business and SPEA collections are housed in the same library, there are a few areas in which there is common interest. General management and regulation are the prime examples. In many areas, the two Schools, however, tend to emphasize different aspects of a problem. In transportation, the KSOB emphasizes the financial aspects, while SPEA is more interested in local delivery of services. In tax, the major interest in the KSOB is in federal taxes; in SPEA, local and state taxes. In the area of energy and utilities, the KSOB is interested in the financial aspects, while SPEA is interested in such problems as new methods of creating energy and in such related areas as air pollution. In general, the KSOB is interested in major problems facing the private sector, while SPEA tends to emphasize the public sector. In some areas, such as regulation, which affects both public and private sectors, there is interest in both schools. SPEA has joint doctoral programs with Political Science and Geography.

  4. Other Resources and Libraries
    Includes the Library of Science Policy Studies and an uncataloged collection of environmental impact statements. Law Library. Government Publications ane Law Library: Political Science Reading Room.

    LC Class Schedule: 9th edition, 1980.




Public and Environmental Affairs Home Page

Revised December 2004


last updated: 9/5/2012