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:
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
Class H — Social Sciences
Class T — Technology
Types of Materials
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.]
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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