Subject Collection Development Guidelines

College of Education and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Subject Collection Development Policy


JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's College of Education and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the College of Education’s diverse curriculum within all five departments, as well as the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program’s curriculum of content-area education for future teachers. The education and K-12 juvenile collections are developed in accordance with the College of Education’s evolving undergraduate and graduate programs, including the departments of Early Elementary and Reading Education, Exceptional Education, Learning Technology & Leadership Education, Middle Secondary & Mathematics Education, and Military Science, the evolving programs within each department, and the early childhood, elementary, middle grades, and special education areas of the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies program. Acquisitions and collection management of education and K-12 juvenile materials also support the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

Collection Areas

The JMU Libraries education collection primarily falls under the L class of the Library of Congress Classification, with specific L call number ranges excluded based on subject areas that fall outside of the College of Education and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies curriculum, as well as call number ranges collected by other liaison librarians for other programs and departments.

Included collection areas for the L classification are listed below:

History of Education


History of Education - General

LA 5-25

History by Period

LA 31-135

History - Higher Education

LA 173-186

History - United States

LA 201-398

Other regions or countries

LA 410-2284


LA 2301-2396

Theory and practice of education


Theory and practice of education - general

LB 5-45

Systems of individual educators and writers

LB 51-885

Teaching practice general works/research

LB 1025-1028.25

Educational technology

LB 1028.3

Instructional systems

LB 1028.35-1028.75

Other kinds of instruction

LB 1029-1041

Audiovisual education and fieldwork

LB 1042.5-1050.75

Early childhood education

LB 1139.2-1139.5

Preschool education

LB 1140-1140.5


LB 1141-1489

Primary education

LB 1501-1547

Elementary education - general works

LB 1555-1569

Elementary course of studies - curriculum

LB 1570-1571

Elementary reading, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar

LB 1572-1580

Elementary history, social sciences, and sciences

LB 1581-1586

Physiology, hygiene, health education, and nutrition

LB 1587-1589

Thinking skills and vocational education

LB 1590-1600

Methods of study and recollections

LB 1601-1602

Secondary education - high schools

LB 1603-1696

Education and training of teachers and administrators

LB 1705-2286

Higher education institutions

LB 2300-2330

College teaching and personnel

LB 2331-2335.8

Higher Ed trade unions and endowments

LB 2335.86-2337

Higher Ed supervision and business

LB 2341-2341.95

Admissions, curriculum, examinations, and graduate education

LB 2342-2379

Academic degrees, methods of study, information technology

LB 2381-2395.7

School administration - general works

LB 2801-2805

Administration planning, accountability, privatization, and supervision

LB 2806-2821

High school and elementary supervision, evaluation, and improvement programs

LB 2822-2822.84

Business, administrative  and teaching personnel, and trade unions

LB 2823.5-2844.63

Safety, crisis, and managing

LB 2845-3010

School management - general works

LB 3011

School discipline, classroom management, violence, social work, and psychologists

LB 3012-3013.6

School scheduling

LB 3014-3043

Educational media and textbooks

LB 3044-3048

Educational tests, evaluations, and examinations

LB 3050-3064

Coeducation, facilities, and hygiene

LB 3065-3430.5

Hearing and speech disorders and physical therapy

LB 3431-3458

School life, manners, and customs

LB 3602-3640

Special aspects of education


Forms of education - general, self, home, private, and prep

LC 8-59

Social aspects - economic, demographic, and state

LC 65-98

Public school questions, compulsory, and attendance

LC 107-148.5

Literacy, Illiteracy, and higher Ed state and taxation

LC 149-188

Educational sociology - general and critical pedagogy

LC 189-196.5

Feminism and social background

LC 197-209

Social environment, discrimination and educational equalization

LC 210-214

Communities and schools, and service learning

LC 215-223

Home and school, and associations

LC 225-245

Moral education - character building

LC 251-318

Moral and religious education

LC 321-951

Types of education - general, humanistic, liberal

LC 980-1027

Community, career, industrial, political education

LC 1030-1091

Multicultural education

LC 1099

Inclusive education

LC 1200-1203

Education of boys, girls, men, women

LC 1390-2572

Gays, athletes, developing countries

LC 2574-2698

Blacks, African Americans

LC 2699-2913

Racially mixed, immigrants, bilingual

LC 3001-3747

Exceptional children and youth - special education

LC 3950-3986

Gifted children and youth

LC 3991-3993

Children and youth with disabilities - general

LC 4001-4043

Children and youth with social disabilities

LC 4051-4184

Children and youth with mental disabilities

LC 4215-4700.4

Learning disabled children and youth

LC 4704-4806.5

Other special classes, adults

LC 4812-4827

Urban education

LC 4940-5160

Adult education

LC 5161-5771

Distance education, university extension, lecture courses

LC 5800-6681

Individual institutions - US


Individual institutions - universities and colleges

LD 13-7251

Individual institutions - secondary and elementary schools

LD 7252-7501

Individual Institutions - America (except US)


Institutions outside United States

LE 3-LG 961

Student fraternities and societies, US


Student fraternities and societies

LJ 3-165


Inclusion and exclusion of materials within these call number ranges will also be determined based on collection management reports that illustrate the current number of physical and electronic items in a call number range, the number of items circulating within that range, and the number of items added within that range. Weeding and purchasing decisions will also be based on these collection management reports as well as the general collection development guidelines for collecting and weeding.  

Additional call number ranges outside of the L classification will also be included to address the content-area focus of the education curriculum, such as materials in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences; inclusion of materials outside of the L classification will be based on relevancy to the education program, and more specifically to the study and teaching of these content-areas.

The juvenile K-12 collection falls under 3 areas: fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. Selection of juvenile materials is primarily based on relevancy to the education curriculum and usefulness in developing lesson plans and supporting children’s literature use in the K-12 classroom. The collection is focused on award-winning titles and recommended books from children’s literature publications and reviews.

Textbooks and curriculum kits are not collected by JMU Libraries, but are collected and provided by the Educational Technology and Media Center in the College of Education.

Special projects will be considered based upon faculty requests and relevance to the curriculum. Currently audiobooks are included in the juvenile K-12 collection, but only award-winning audiobooks from the Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens annual list.


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.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Other formats are purchased selectively to support the education curriculum. When deciding between print and electronic resource of comparable scope and information type, preference is given for print materials except when electronic materials facilitate accessibility, especially for study guides and interdisciplinary materials of interest to multiple departments. Electronic formats are notably favorable among education reference resources, study guides, and periodical collections.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.


The responsibility of acquiring and managing education and juvenile collections primarily resides with the Education liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with education 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 March 29, 2012 by Jonathan Paulo.


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