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Collection Development Statement - For Earth Science

Definition:

The primary purpose of this collection is to support the undergraduate and graduate courses and research in the area(s) of Earth Science. The secondary purpose is to support the Earth Science Department faculty needs for research and publication. The final purpose of the collection is to provide a spectrum of supplementary materials that gives breadth to the collection for readers of all levels in the areas of earth science (for instance: geology, meteorology, geospatial analysis, etc.).

History of Collection:

Earth science has been part of the university curriculum since the beginning. Many of the materials have been updated. There are many classic materials included, but there are also older textbooks, duplicates, and erroneous materials on the shelves. There is a current de-selection process being undertaken that, with faculty consultation, should give us an imminently usable, strong, deep, and broad collection.

Existing Strengths/Weaknesses:

Most librarians in the past have had only a passing interest in the physical sciences, and the timeliness of this collection has not been a priority. Building a collection that is both historic and current will be easier once the older textbooks, duplicates, etc. have been de-selected.

Collecting Priorities:

Our priorities are to serve undergraduate and graduate students' needs, as well as faculty research in the areas of earth science. The library liaison will maintain contact with the faculty in this department and will seek their collection preferences. Every effort will be made to purchase faculty-requested materials.

Selection Process and Tools:

Faculty and student requests will be purchased whenever possible. Use will be made of these collection tools: Choice , Science Education , Jo. of the Am. Water Resources Assoc ., Scientific American , and other review sources including publisher's flyers. Generally fiscal funding requires encumbrance by around the end of February. Faculty are encouraged to submit requests all year and purchase will take place as soon as the requests are approved and funds are available.