Collection Development Statement Geography


Purpose of collection:

The collection must support geography courses with atlases, books, and online databases.  Current atlases, and selected bibliographies are non-circulating in the Reference area.  Other print materials are in the circulating collection.

User population including curricular and program needs:

There are two faculty teaching Geography courses.  A degree is not offered, but students in the Social Studies may minor in geography by completing 15 hours of geography coursework. Elementary education students are required to complete one course while secondary education students, with an emphasis in social studies, are required to complete two courses.

Geography courses often cross disciplines in the requirement for library resources. As an example, World geography requires library resources for economics, history, science, applied science, political science, sociology, religion, and computer applications.

There are 23 undergraduate courses. (One 100, one 200, twelve 300 and nine 500 level)

There are 6 seminar courses (five 700 level and one 800 level) available to those doing Master's Degrees in other subject areas.

History of collection / Collection characteristics

At one time the University offered both an MA and BA in geography, so the collection was built up to support the program. Selection of material, albeit that the amount of funding has decreased, has continued for this area. The 2002-2003 acquisition is $1,000. The 2001-2002, one of the two geography faculty members received funds from the Major Fund for the purchase of personal research materials to add to the collection. The addition of online databases, such as, Expanded Academic, InfoTrac and JSTOR has greatly increased the Library's ability to support of the geography.  

Existing strengths and weaknesses

Strength is the atlases, periodicals and monographs for geography and related fields.  Weakness is the inability to fund all the library monograph resources required to support the diverse academic reach of geography

Collecting priorities - also retention strategies specific to that subject

  • Regional Geography.

  • Cultural Geography.

  • Physical Geography.

Selection process and tools

Particular vendors

Specific selection guides

Geography journals may be consulted for books.

Publishers to be aware of for this subject

Walter de Gruyter. 

  Greenwood Press
  Prentice Hall.
  University Presses.  An example is the University of Texas Press which distributes their own catalog, titled 'Geography and Environmental History.'