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last updated: 4/30/2012

Collection Development Policies - Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish and Portuguese

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the policy statement
      The Spanish and Portuguese collection at Indiana University supports the advanced research and curriculum needs of various academic departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in this field of study.

    2. Audience
      Faculty and students affiliated with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) are our most important constituents. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers the Master of Arts degree with concentration in Hispanic Literature, Hispanic Linguistics and in Luso-Brazilian Literature (Portuguese) as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). The Department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish/Spanish American Literature, Linguistics and Luso-Brazilian studies. This department has one of the very few programs in Catalan, with course offerings at both advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Twenty-three faculty members are currently affiliated with the department.

      CLACS is a multidisciplinary program that encompasses the humanities, social sciences, and the professional schools. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Graduate programs range from traditional M.A degrees to Ph.D. area certificates, including special dual graduate degree programs in the fields of business, library science, and public affairs. Undergraduates may pursue a minor or an area certificate. There are approximately sixty faculty members affiliated with Latin American Studies program. In addition, Anthropology, Communication and Culture, Comparative Literature, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Chicano-Riqueño and Latino Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Music have traditionally had strong interests in the collection.

    3. Brief overview of the collection
      1. Collection strengths and weaknesses

        The IU Ibero-American languages and literatures collection ranks among the top research collections in the country in Iberian Medieval and Golden Age literatures, colonial Brazilian literature, and South American literature. The Catalan literature collection is arguably the best in the country. The collection's holdings in modern Brazilian literature and Mexican literature are of national importance. Although Spanish and Portuguese language materials predominate, the collection also includes indigenous language materials, including Haitian Creole.

      2. Collection locations
        Collection is housed in the Main Library Research Collections.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Preponderance of materials in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan. English-language materials are acquired extensively. Materials in indigenous languages are actively selected. Titles in French, Italian, and German are selectively acquired. As to works of fiction, English-language translations are acquired when they are of scholarly interest.

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      Iberian Peninsula and all countries of Latin America and the Caribbean region are covered. Imprints published throughout the Western Hemisphere and Europe predominate in the collection.

    3. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      Acquisition of current materials is the norm. Purchase of retrospective and out-of-print materials is undertaken on a limited scale, primarily in response to research and curricular demands of faculty.

    4. Formats collected and excluded
      Monographs and serials acquisitions in print format predominate. Primary source materials in microform are purchased on a more selective basis. Resources in video, DVDs and CD-Rom formats are only occasionally purchased. At present, no newspaper subscriptions are maintained.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    A full-time librarian is responsible for the Ibero-American literature collection in the Main Library.

  4. Related Collections
    Latin American Studies, Chicano-Riqueño and Latino Studies, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Western European Studies; Folklore; Lilly; Music; Education; Fine Arts.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Selection of print resources is carried out on a title-by-title basis by the Librarian for Spanish and Portuguese. At present, only two small approval plans are in place: the Brazilian Emerging Writers plan with Susan Bach and the Peninsular literature and criticism with Puvill Libros. In addition, the IU Libraries' general approval plan program increases the collection's base budget by supporting the purchase of monographs in English from American and British university and trade presses.

    Both print and electronic lists and catalogs from publishers as well as from domestic and foreign book vendors who specialize in the Ibero-American book trade constitute our most important selection tools.

    The Librarian also relies on the following tools and resources to select new and retrospective titles.
    • Recommendations by faculty, researchers, and graduate students;
    • Topical and author searches in online union catalogs, such as OCLC's WorldCat and RLIN/Eureka;
    • The print newsletter and listserv of the Seminar on the Acquisitions of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) Please note that the site has the contact information for Ibero-American vendors and links to Ibero-American collection websites.
    • Book reviews from core journals in the field published in the United States and abroad (Examples: Latin American Research Review, Luso-Brazilian Review; Hispania);
    • H-NET Reviews;
    • Attendance to international book fairs, most notably the Guadalajara International Book Fair
    • Wwebsites from international cultural organizations, such as Casa de las Américas;
    • Other Latin American collection's recent acquisitions lists (available through SALALM page);
    • Domestic and foreign news broadcasts and cultural TV programs, including NPR, Univisión, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Canal 22/Conaculta México, and Televisión Española.
    Periodically, I also scan the bibliography section of recent titles to search for relevant citations for possible addition to collection. In addition, the Librarian also searches the online inventory of books in print published by CERLALC, the Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe

    To a lesser extent, gifts-in-kind are another source of supply of resources for the collection. The Librarian is currently exploring ways to establish an exchange program with other Ibero-American collections.

  6. Selection Criteria for ALF
    The Librarian will rely on the following criteria for selection of titles to be transferred to the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF)
    • Physical condition of the volume (brittleness, deterioration)
    • Low-use resources
    • Inactive subscriptions (ceased and cancelled serial publications)
    • Duplicates (multiple copies of a book and various editions of textbooks)
    • Outdated directories
  7. Other Resources and Libraries
    The Center for Research Libraries' (CRL) extraordinary collection of Ibero-American newspapers and dissertations help fill an important lacuna in our collection.

  8. Consortial Agreements
    The IU Libraries participate in key national and international cooperative projects that support the study of Latin American literature. IU is a member of the Association for Research Libraries' (ARL) Latin Americanist Research Resources Project Together with partners in Latin America, ARL's initiative seeks to build a table-of-contents database for more than 700 Latin American scholarly journals not indexed elsewhere. Through this project (known as Latin American Periodicals Tables of Content, or LAPTOC), IU is responsible for subscribing to and indexing twelve journals: eight from Central America, three from Brazil, and one from Mexico.

    IU is also a member of the Center for Research Libraries, through which we have access to foreign dissertations and newspapers, among other critical research materials. We also participate in CRL's Latin American Microform Project (LAMP),an initiative which supports the filming of "at risk" print and archival collections in Latin America.

    The Librarian for Latin American Studies is a member of the Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), and a founding member of the Midwest Organization of Libraries for Latin American Studies (MOLLAS), a recently created entity that promotes regional cooperation in the areas of collection development, preservation, and access to Latin Americana.

Spanish and Portuguese Home Page

Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/30/2012