Subject Collection Development Guidelines

 

Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Collection Development Policy

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Arts & Letters with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department’s diverse and wide-ranging curriculum. The foreign languages, literatures, and cultures collection is developed in accordance with the department’s evolving undergraduate programs, including a bachelor of arts in modern foreign languages with majors in French, German, Italian, and Spanish and a minors in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Business French, Business German, Business Italian, Business Spanish, Law Enforcement Spanish, Legal Spanish, Medical Spanish, and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation.  The department also offers courses in Chinese, Greek (Ancient), Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, and Swahili.  Acquisitions and collection management of foreign language, literature, and culture 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.

 

P306-310

Translating and Interpreting

3a. Basic Study Level

PA

Classical philology

 

PA1-199

Classical philology

3a. Basic Study Level

PA201-899

Greek philology and language

3a. Basic Study Level

PA2001-2915

Latin philology and language

3a. Basic Study Level

PA3000-3049

Classical literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PA3050-4505

Greek literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PA6000-6971

Roman literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PC

Romance philology and languages

 

PC1-400

General

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PC1001-1977

Italian

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PC2001-3761

French

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PC4001-4977

Spanish

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PC5001-5498

Portuguese

3a. Basic Study Level

PD

Germanic philology and languages

 

PD1-780

General

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

PF

West Germanic philology and languages

 

PF3001-5999

German

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PG

Slavic language. Baltic languages. Albanian language.

 

PG1-499

Slavic philology and languages (general)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

PG2001-2826

Russian

3a. Basic Study Level

PF2900-3698

Russian literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PJ

Oriental languages and literatures

 

PJ1-489

General

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

PJ4543-4937

Hebrew language (Biblical & modern)

3a. Basic Study Level

PJ5001-5192

Hebrew literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PJ6001-7144

Arabic

3a. Basic Study Level

PJ7501-8517

Arabic literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PK

Indo-Iranian languages and literatures

 

PK1-85

General (Indo-Aryan languages)

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

PK1931-1970

Hindi Language

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

PK2030-2142

Hindi and Hindustani Literature

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

PK6201-6399

Language (New Persian)

3a. Basic Study Level

PK6400-6599.7

Literature (New Persian)

3a. Basic Study Level

PL

Languages and literatures of East Asia, Africa, and Oceania

 

PL501-699

Japanese language

3a. Basic Study Level

PL700-889

Japanese literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PL901-949

Korean language

3a. Basic Study Level

PL950-998

Korean literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PL1001-1960

Chinese language

3a. Basic Study Level

PL2250-3208

Chinese literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PL8000-8844

African languages and literature

3a. Basic Study Level

Specifically Swahili

PN

Literature (General)

 

PN801-820

Romance literatures

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PN821-840

Germanic literatures

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PN849

Literatures by other regions or countries, A-Z

3a. Basic Study Level

Exclude PN849 .A35-849 .C282 (Canada) and PN849 .G74-849 .G742(Great Britain)

PN851-884

Comparative literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PN886

Translations

3a. Basic Study Level

PN6700-6790

Comic books, strips, etc

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

PQ

French literature, Italian literature, Spanish literature

 

PQ1-771

History and criticism (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ781-841

Folk literature (French)

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

PQ1100-1297

Collections  (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ1300-1595

Old French literature (to ca. 1500/1550)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ1600-1709

16th century  (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ1710-1935

17th century  (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ1947-2147

18th century  (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ2149-2551

19th century (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ2600-2651

1900-1960 (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ2660-2686

1961- (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ3800-3999

Provincial, local, colonial, etc. (French literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4001-4199

History and criticism (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4201-4263

Collections  (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4265-4556

Individual authors and works to 1400 (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4561-4664

Individual authors, 1400-1700 (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4675-4734

Individual authors, 1701-1900 (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4800-4851

Individual authors, 1900-1960 (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ4860-4886

Individual authors, 1961- (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ5901-5999

Regional, provincial, local, etc. (Italian literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6001-6168

History and criticism (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6170-6269

Collections (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6271-6498

Individual authors and works to 1700 (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6500-6576

Individual authors, 1700 - ca. 1868 (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6600-6647

Individual authors, 1868-1960 (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ6650-6676

Individual authors, 1961- (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ7000-8929

Provincial, local, colonial, etc. (Spanish literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PQ9000-9999

Portuguese literature

3a. Basic Study Level

PS

American literature

 

PS8073

French Canadian literature

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

PT

German literature, Dutch literature, Flemish literature

 

PT1-81

Literary history and criticism (German literature)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT83-873

History of German literature

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT881-951

Folk literature

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

PT1100-1372

Collections of German literature

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT1375-1479

Middle High German

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT1501-1695

Middle High German, ca. 1050-1450/1500

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT1701-1797

1500 - ca.1700

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT1799-2592

1700 - ca. 1860-70

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT2600-2653

1860/70-1960

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT2660-2688

1961-2000

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT2700-2728

2001-

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT3701-3971

Provincial, local, colonial, etc.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

PT4801-4897

Low German literature

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

 

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 Foreign Language, Literature, and Cultures 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 foreign language, literature, and culture reference resources and periodical collections when available.
  • Materials are acquired from Italy, France, German, Spain, and various Latin American countries.  Select materials are acquired in the United States.
  • Materials are purchased almost exclusively in the vernacular with select works purchased in translation or in English

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing foreign language, literature, and culture collections primarily resides with the foreign language, literature, and culture liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with foreign language, literature, and culture 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.

 

 

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