Subject Collection Development Guidelines


Business Collection Development Policy


The Business Collection Development Policy identifies and communicates the collection goals of JMU Libraries to support the academic needs of James Madison University’s College of Business. The business collection facilitates instruction and research across eight academic units:

  • School of Accounting
  • Department of Computer Information Systems and Management Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Finance and Business Law
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing
  • Program of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Program of International Business


Taking into consideration the college's integrated core curriculum, the business collection is developed in accordance with the evolving undergraduate programs that emphasize theory, application and experiential learning in a business discipline and graduate programs that stress knowledge and skills in the development of managerial decision making. Acquisitions and collection management of business materials supports JMU Libraries’ university-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.


The JMU Libraries business collection primarily falls under the Library of Congress social sciences classes HA through HJ. Additional holdings fall in classes G, TK, TS and TX as illustrated below.

Class G –- Geography

  • Subclass G — Geography (General)
    • G154.9-155.8 Travel and state. Tourism


Class H — Social Sciences

  • Subclass HA Statistics
  • Subclass HB Economic theory. Demography
  • Subclass HC Ecomonic history and conditions
  • Subclass HD Industries. Land use. Labor
  • Subclass HE Transportation and communications
  • Subclass HF Commerce
  • Subclass HG Finance
  • Subclass HJ Public finance


Class T — Technology

  • Subclass TK — Electronics
    • TK5107-6720             Telecommunication
  • Subclass TS — Manufactures
    • TS155-194 Production management. Operations Management.
    • TS195-198.8 Packaging
  • Subclass TX — Home Economics
    • TX642-840 Cookery
    • TX851-855 Dining-room service
    • TX901-946.5 Hospitality industry. Hotels, clubs, restaurants, etc. Food service
    • TX950-953 Taverns, barrooms, saloons
    • TX955-985 Building operation and housekeeping


Types of Materials

  • Scholarly and professional monographs
  • Trade and business periodicals
  • Reference materials
  • Scholarly journals
  • U.S. government documents
  • Statistical data sets
  • Electronic databases


Guidelines / Scope of Collection

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. [These are general guidelines. Specific guidelines may be added as the subject requires.]

  • Primary emphasis is on current materials.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Other formats are purchased selectively to support the business 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 business reference resources and periodical collections.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.


The responsibility of acquiring and managing business collections primarily resides with the business liaison librarian who works across academic units with College of Business faculty. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies.

Updated March 29, 2012 by Jason Sokoloff.


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