Subject Collection Development Guidelines

 

English Language & Literature Collection Development Policy

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of English in the College of Arts and Letters with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department's broad-ranging, comprehensive curriculum.  The English language and literature collection is developed in accordance with the English Department’s evolving undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in English, the Master of Arts in English, and minors in the following areas: English, American Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, World Literature, Secondary Education, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Acquisitions and collection management of English language and literature 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

P

Philology. Linguistics.

 

P1-85

General Philology and Linguistics

3b. Intermediate Study Level

P101-410

Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding P306-310 (translating and interpreting)

PE

English philology and languages

 

PE1-71

Philology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PE101-458

Anglo-Saxon. Old English

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PE501-693

Middle English

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PE814-896

Early Modern English

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PE1001-1693

Modern English (ca. 1500-)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PE1700-3729

Linguistic geography. Dialects, etc.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PN

Literature (General)

 

PN80-99

Criticism

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN101-245

Authorship

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN441-1009.5

Literary history

3c. Advanced Study Level

Excluding PN801-886 (foreign literatures)

PN908-1008

Folk literature

3a. Basic Study Level

Excluding PN1008.2-1009.5 (Juvenile literature)

PN1010-1525

Poetry

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN1654-1655

General works on drama and the stage

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN1707

Criticism (drama)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN1720-1861

History (drama)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN2100-2193

History (dramatic representation, the theater)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN3311-3505

Prose. Prose fiction

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN4390

Diaries

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN4400

Letters (literary history)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN4500

Essays (literary history)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN6010-6069

General collections

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN6099-6110

Poetry

3c. Advanced Study Level

Excluding PN6109.97 (poetry for children)

PN6110.5-6120

Drama

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN6120.15-6120.95

Fiction

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN6130-6140

Letters

3c. Advanced Study Level

PN6141-6145

Essays

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR

English literature

 

PR1-56

Literary history and criticism

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR57-78

Criticism

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR81-98

General works

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR103-108

Biography, memoirs, letters, etc.

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR111-116

Women authors

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR119

Women and literature. Feminine influence

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR120

Other classes of authors, A-Z

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR161-488

By period

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR500-614

Poetry

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR621-744

Drama

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR750-890

Prose

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR908

Diaries

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR911-917

Letters

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR921-927

Essays

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR951-981

Folk literature

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

PR1098-1369

Collections of English literature

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

PR1490-1799

Anglo-Saxon literature

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR1803-2165

Anglo-Norman period. Early English. Middle English

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR2199-3195

English renaissance (1500-1640)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR3291-3785

17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR3991-5990

19th century, 1770/1800-1890/1900

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR6000-6049

1900-1960

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR6050-6076

1961-2000

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR6100-6126

2001-

3c. Advanced Study Level

PR9080-9680

English literature outside of Great Britain

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PS

American literature

 

PS51

Literary research

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS55-81

Criticism

3a. Basic Study Level

PS85-490

History of American literature

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS501-688

Collections of American literature

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS700-893

Colonial period (17th and 18th centuries)

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS991-3390

19th century

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS3500-3549

1900-1960

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS3550-3576

1961-2000

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS3600-3626

2001-

3c. Advanced Study Level

PS8001-8699

Canadian literature

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

Excluding PS8069 (Juvenile literature) and PS8073-8075 (Canadian literature not in English)

 

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; however, historic materials are purchased as necessary.
  • Primary format is print. Other formats such as electronic and microformats are purchased selectively to support the English department curriculum. When deciding between print and electronic resources of comparable scope and information type, preference is generally given to print materials.  Electronic formats are favorable among English reference resources and periodical collections when available.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.  Materials are selectively acquired from Great Britain when unavailable in the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing English language and literature collections primarily resides with the English liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with English department 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 and Educational Technologies.

 

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