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Collection Development Statement Biological Sciences

Definition:

. Purpose of Collection

The collection primarily supports research and teaching through the Masters level in the Department of Biological Sciences.

. User Population (Curricular and Program Needs)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University offers undergraduate and graduate training in botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, teacher education, and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as medical and dental schools.  The Department has 14 fulltime faculty members, approximately 35 graduate students, and approximately 270 undergraduate majors.  Many students in Biology at Emporia State University become involved in research projects. Students who have an emphasis in environmental biology are required to do an undergraduate research project. While this is not required for other biology students, it is strongly encouraged.

The graduate program of the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to qualify persons for teaching biology in high schools, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges; for continued graduate work at the doctoral level; and for employment in various fields of biology, including certain fields of applied biology.  Herpetology is an emphasis of many faculty and research projects.

Current projects include: investigation of the microflora of treefrogs; blood parameters of hibernating herps; nematode parasites of amphibians; softshell turtle ecology; energetics of toads, long-term monitoring of amphibians and reptiles in a prairie; thermoregulation of salamanders; assimilation efficiency in toads; comparison of turtle assemblages in a river, stream, and oxbow.

Past projects have included: cover choice in two small snake species; thermoregulation in toads; territorial behavior in salamanders; feeding effects on metabolism of toads; habitat differentiation among species of map turtles; investigation of turtle deformity rates in Kansas; surveys of aquatic turtle communities in SE Kansas; biotelemetry study of alligator snapping turtle movements; bait preferences of aquatic turtles.

History of Collection (Collection Characteristics)

In the recent past, since 1990, collection has concentrated on Genetic topics, herpetology topics and other resources to meet the curricular and research needs of the faculty and students.

Existing Strengths and Weaknesses

The University Library had a subscription to Biological Abstracts until the mid1980s.  At that time it was cancelled and an agreement was made to access Biological Abstracts or BIOSIS through the online database service Dialog.  In the early 1990s, access to BasicBIOSIS through OCLC's FirstSearch was offered to assist undergraduate Biology students with their research.  Access to database search services, interlibrary loan, document delivery, and traditional library materials is necessary for study and research.  Much of what the Biological Department needs is in current scholarly journals.  Because of the cost the library is unable to provide access to all of the journals needed for research by the Biology faculty and students.

The cost of Biology materials limits the amount of resources purchased annually.  A list of "popular" biology titles has been provided for the library to acquire when additional funding is available.

Collecting Priorities (include retention strategies)

In the field of Biology, currency is of utmost importance.  Materials that are classics in the field will be retained.  Otherwise resources will be discarded when the information contained within is deemed outdated or not useful.

Selection Process and Tools

. Particular vendors

. Specific Selection Guides

In the field of Biology, currency is of utmost importance.  Materials that are classics in the field will be retained.  Otherwise resources will be discarded when the information contained within is deemed outdated or not useful.

. Publishers to be Aware of in this Subject