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Collection Development Policies - Telecommunications


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

    2. Audience
      The collection policy is written for librarians of Indiana University (IU), faculty and students of the IU Department of Telecommunications, and other users of the IU Libraries.

    3. Description of institution/department and clientele
      The Telecommunications Collection supports teaching and research in the field of telecommunications, which encompasses the study of a broad range of electronic media including radio, television, cable, satellite services, telephony, multimedia, and the Internet. Undergraduate telecommunications majors earn a B.A. degree with a focus in any of three areas of study, according to the Telecommunication web site,

      The Department of Telecommunications also offers a Certificate in New Media and interactive Storytelling to non-telecommunications majors. The Department of Telecommunications offers M.A. and M.S. degrees, as well as a Ph.D. degree. Graduate studies in the field focuses on electronic communications, examined from social scientific, legal, and historical perspectives. In 2004-2005, the department enrolled 900 undergraduate majors, and 80 graduate students, and held a full-time faculty of 23 members.
      1. Media and Society
        The electronic media's influence on audiences and users and society's influence on the media
      2. Design and Production
        The design and production of video, audio, and multimedia messages, programs, and products
      3. Industry and Management
        The business, legal, and managerial aspects of telecommunication
    4. Brief overview of the collection
      1. History of the collection
        The Department of Telecommunications grew in relation to the radio (WFIU FM) and television services (WTIU) on the Indiana University campus in the 1950s and 1960s. The Telecommunications Collections historically developed emphases in radio and television, and is particularly strong is the area of television. The Telecommunications Collections broadened its collections by building in other multimedia areas including the Internet and computer-enhanced communications in the late 1980s, adding it as an area of collection strength.

        The Telecommunications Collection was initially housed in the Weil Journalism Library on the Bloomington Campus. However, in 2004 the Weil Journalism Library was re-modeled, and reduced in size to adjust for larger auditorium and faculty office spaces, thus leading to the transfer of the Telecommunications Collection to the Main Library, Research Collection on the Bloomington campus. The Telecommunications Collection and Weil Journalism Library Collection overlap in some areas, particularly radio and television news broadcasting, and general media studies.
  2. Scope of Coverage
    1. Languages collected and excluded
      Virtually all of the publications in the Telecommunications Collection are in English

    2. Geographical areas covered and excluded
      The Telecommunications Collection is concentrated on media in the United States of America and Western Europe, particularly Great Britain.

    3. Chronological periods covered and excluded
      Most of the materials in the Telecommunications Collection are from the post-WWII era.

    4. Dates of publication of materials collected; current vs. retrospective coverage
      The publication dates of most materials in the Telecommunications Collection are from the second half of the 20th century or later. However, some early telecommunications publications, for example about the development of the telephone and telegraph, can be found in the Telecommunications Collection.

    5. Formats collected and excluded
      The Telecommunications Collection is selected and organized in print, video, and electronic formats. Videos and DVDs useful to the study of telecommunications can be found housed in the Journalism Library or the Main Library, Media Services Unit. Several of the electronic databases important to the field of telecommunications have interdisciplinary importance, and are available campus-wide via the Internet, including the Lexis-Nexis Academic database and the Factiva database.
  3. Collecting Responsibility
    The collection manager responsible for the Telecommunications Collection is the IU Libraries faculty member assigned to serve as the subject bibliographer for telecommunications, and who also performs reference and instruction in that area. The Telecommunications Collection Manager collaborates with other subject managers based on user demand or interdisciplinary interests.

  4. Related Collections
    The Telecommunications Collection is highly related to the Journalism Collection and the Communication & Culture Collection. And, some aspects of the Telecommunications Collection overlap with the Informatics Collection. The IU Business Library contains materials on media industries relevant to the Telecommunications Collection.

  5. Principal Sources of Supply and Major Selection Tools
    Selection tools used in collecting materials for telecommunications range from traditional library journals such as Library Journal and Choice, to specialized publisher catalogs such as the catalog of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in Communication. Selection of materials for the Telecommunications Collection is also managed via the approved library vendor, Blackwell.

  6. Preservation
    The Telecommunications 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. The Vanderbilt Television News Archives is a part of the Telecommunication Collections that was formerly owned in paper format, and housed in storage by the IU Libraries. The major part of this collection is now available electronically on the Internet, and only segments that are not available on the Internet are now retained in the IU Libraries.

  7. Selection Criteria for ALF
    During Spring Semester of 2004, selection of Telecommunications Collections materials for the ALF began, with materials that had a publication date older than the year 2000 that had not circulated more than three years being transferred to the ALF. All highly-circulated items or materials in the Telecommunications Collection were transferred to the Main Library, Research Collection. The Telecommunications Collection materials will periodically be reviewed for transfer to the ALF as space needs require.

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

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Revised April 2012

last updated: 4/30/2012