Collection Development Statement Art Therapy


. Purpose of Collection

The purpose of this collection is to support the curriculum and research needs of the stated user populations.

. User Population (Curricular and Program Needs)

The user populations of these collections include:

  • Graduate students and faculty in the Master of Science Art Therapy program, Department of Psychology and Special Education

  • Undergraduate students and faculty in the Department of Psychology and Special Education

  • Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the Art Department

  • Community art therapy specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health counselors

History of Collection (Collection Characteristics)

The history of the library's art therapy collection reflects the beginnings of the graduate art therapy program at ESU.  The ESU program was founded in 1973 and since that time, 156 students have been graduated from the program.  ESU's program is well-known and well-respected in the art therapy and psychology communities, and the print holdings reflect the 1970's through the 1990's.


Because art therapy draws its theory from a variety of disciplines, books will be found in several Dewey numbers:

  • 155 (differential and developmental psychology)

  • 615 (pharmacology and therapeutics)

  • 616 (diseases)

  • 700 (the arts; fine and decorative arts)

Existing Strengths and Weaknesses

The library's collection benefits from an active art therapy faculty who are interested in improving the library's holdings.  In June 2003, a Kansas Library Network Board Interlibrary Loan Development Program Grant proposal was funded for $5000.00.  The money will be used to purchase much-needed fundamental books in art therapy as well as videotapes.

Part of the grant's funding was based upon a self-study report prepared in 2002 by the ESU art therapy faculty in preparation for an accreditation visit by the American Art Therapy Association.  The self-study revealed that both faculty and students generally did not use our library's print resources because some titles were dated and other core titles were not owned by our library.  Dr. Jayashree Iyer of the department identified approximately 80 art therapy books that are not in our collection and that are considered to be seminal titles in the field.  The $5000.00 grant will fund the purchase of these books for our collection, but a judicious review of our art therapy books is badly needed.

Collecting Priorities (include retention strategies)

The FY2004 year is the first year that art therapy has been designated as a separate fund code, with a selector assigned to that specific department.  This is an opportune time, then, to set collecting priorities and retention strategies.  Because of the present collection's weaknesses identified through the department's self-study, priorities should include the retention of classic materials.  Weeding of dated books must also take place in collaboration with the art therapy faculty and a strategy for sustaining the purchase of appropriate, current materials must be created.

Selection Process and Tools

. Particular vendors

Baker and Taylor and are excellent resources for verifying the in-print status of current art therapy books. is also a valuable resource for out-of-print books, which may be fairly common requests in this discipline as core titles continue to be identified and purchased.

. Specific Selection Guides

Choice Reviews online are invaluable for the latest art therapy textbooks and works reflecting both theory and practice.  Again, since this field borrows from several disciplines, it is wise to check the subject of "Art and Architecture" as well as subjects listed under "Social and Behavioral Sciences" and the "Health Sciences" subdivision under "Science and Technology". Other guides to consult include Library Journal and catalogs of university presses, especially universities that specialize in art therapy.

. Publishers to be Aware of in this Subject

Jessica Kingsley Publishers