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Collection Development Statement - For Physics

Definition:

The primary purpose of this collection is to support the undergraduate and graduate courses and research in the area(s) of physics. The secondary purpose is to support the Physics 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 physics (i.e. planetary physics, spectrometry; and particle, nuclear, or quantum physics).

History of Collection:

Although the fields of physics have been taught through science courses at Emporia State University in the years prior to 1945, the classes leading to physics majors were shaped by Dr. Winston Cram beginning in 1937. He served as chair and as faculty in physics through 1972. The library collection was built by faculty requests and by librarian selection over all of these years. Older materials have often been superceded or contain out of date materials. The classics are being retained while older texts, duplicates, etc. are currently being considered for de-selection.

Existing Strengths/Weaknesses:

Most librarians in the past have had little interest in the physical sciences, therefore little attention has been given to the timeliness of the collection. The library is undergoing the first de-selection process in this area. This process includes seeking the expertise of the physics faculty. Building a strong historic and current collection 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 physics. 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 , Physics Teacher Today , Issues in Science and Technology , and other review sources including publisher 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. Sherry Backhus 8/28/03