JMU Libraries supports James Madison University’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) with a collection that facilitates instruction and research. The ISAT collection is developed in accordance with the evolving undergraduate and graduate programs, which include a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology, a B.A. or a B.S. in Geographic Science, a B.S. in Intelligence Analysis, an M.S. in Integrated Science and Technology, and a dual M.S. in Integrated Science and Technology and Sustainable Environmental Resources Management.
Acquisitions and collection management of ISAT materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.
The JMU Libraries ISAT collection primarily falls under the Library of Congress classes G, Q, S, and T. Works are purchased from subclasses JF, JK, and UB to support the special needs of the Intelligence Analysis program.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the department, works relating to industry, environmental issues, and the relationship between technology and society are also purchased from other subject areas, most commonly H and K.
A number of the T subclasses, formerly under the ISAT collection, are now covered by the Engineering Subject Collection Development Guidelines.
Materials are considered based on their subject, relevance to the curriculum, authoritativeness, currency, and price. User requests and appropriateness for the entire collection are also key criteria for consideration.
The responsibility of acquiring and managing ISAT collections primarily resides with the ISAT liaison librarian, who works in cooperation with ISAT 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 6, 2012 by Kelly Giles.
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