Subject Collection Development Guidelines

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of History with a collection that supports instruction and research and that takes into consideration the department’s comprehensive curriculum and involvement in general education. The collection reflects the department’s focus on public history, world history, and U.S. history. The history collection is developed in accordance with the department’s evolving undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Bachelors and Masters programs in History, and many interdisciplinary minors that draw on historical resources, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Classical Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations. Acquisitions and collection management of history materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

 

COLLECTION AREAS

COLLECTING LEVEL

NOTES

Auxiliary Sciences of History C-CS

Historiography

3c. Advanced Study Level

Archaeology  (CC1-81)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

History of archaeology (CC100-115)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Preservation, restoration, and conservation of antiquities (CC135-137)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Diplomatics.  Archives.  Seals (CD)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Technical chronology. Calendar (CE)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Numismatics (CJ)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Heraldry (CR)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Genealogy (CS)

3a. Basic Study Level

emphasis on genealogy of local families

Museums. Collectors and collecting  (AM)

3c. Advanced Study Level

By Geography

Modern European. Modern European countries that warrant more in-depth collecting are listed immediately below.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

**Britain and British Empire

3c. Advanced Study Level

**France

3c. Advanced Study Level

**Germany

3c. Advanced Study Level

**Russia and Soviet Union

3c. Advanced Study Level

**Spain

3c. Advanced Study Level

Latin America and Caribbean

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Africa

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Middle and Near East

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Asia

3b. Intermediate Study Level

emphasis on Korea, China, Japan

Colonial America and U.S.

3c. Advanced Study Level

emphasis on Virginia and southern states, Civil War

Other Study Areas

World Civilization/World History

3c. Advanced Study Level

Ancient  / Classical

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Late Antiquity and Medieval

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Environmental History

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Military History

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Political and Diplomatic History

3b. Intermediate Study Level

African-American

3c. Advanced Study Level

Indians of North America

3b. Intermediate Study Level

emphasis on Indians of mid-Atlantic states

Women's History

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

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.

  • Emphasis is on current materials; however, historic materials are also collected, especially published editions of primary source documents.
  • Primary format is print. Other formats (e.g., electronic, microform, and video) are purchased selectively to support the curriculum. When deciding between a print and electronic resource of comparable scope and information type, preference is given to print materials that foster sustained engagement with the text. Electronic format is generally preferable for reference and periodical resources and for items in great demand.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from U.S. publishers, but books published in the U.K. are also regularly purchased.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively, but foreign language materials, especially in French, German, and Spanish, are selectively collected.

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing history collections primarily resides with the history liaison librarian. Liaison librarians work with 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 April 4, 2012, by Patricia Hardesty

 

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