Subject Collection Development Guidelines

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Biology in the College of Science and Math with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department's diverse and comprehensive curriculum. The Biology collection is developed in accordance with the department’s evolving undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, and Master of Science in Biology; with a concentration available in Ecology and Environmental Biology and a minor in Biology. Acquisitions and collection management of biology materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

Collection Areas:

LC Class

Description

Collecting Level

Notes

H

Social Sciences

 

 

HV4701-4959

Protection of animals. Animal rights. Animal welfare

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

Q

Science

 

 

QH1-278.5

Natural history

3a. Basic Study Level

 

QH301-705.5

Biology (General)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

    QH359-425

    Evolution

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

    QH426-470

    Genetics

3c. Advanced Study Level

 

    QH540-549.5

    Ecology

3c. Advanced Study Level

 

QK1-989

Botany

3c. Advanced Study Level

 

QK1-989

Zoology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

QM1-699

Human anatomy

3c. Advanced Study Level

 

QP1-981

Physiology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

QR1-502

Microbiology

3c. Advanced Study Level

 

S

Agriculture

 

 

SB1-1110

Plant Culture

3c. Advanced Study Level

Exclude SB950-978 (Pesticides, Soil Disinfection)

SF1-1100

Animal Culture

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

SH1-691

Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 


Guidelines

Materials are considered for their subject, curriculum relevance, authoritativeness, currency, and price. User requests and appropriateness for the entire collection are also key criteria for consideration.

  • Primary emphasis is on current materials, preferably published within the past 20 years.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Other formats are purchased selectively to support the biology curriculum. When deciding between print and electronic resource of comparable scope and information type, preference is given for electronic materials that facilitate accessibility. Electronic formats are notably favorable among science reference resources and periodical collections.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.

 

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing Biology collections primarily resides with the Biology liaison librarian(s). Liaison librarian(s) work with Biology faculty within academic departments. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries.

 

Updated April 3, 2012 by Yasmeen Shorish.

 

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