Subject Collection Development Guidelines

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.

Collection Areas

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.


LC Class


Class G

Geography.  Anthropology.  Recreation.

  • G

Geography (General). Atlases. Maps.

  • GA

Mathematical geography. Cartography.

  • GB

Physical geography.

  • GE

Environmental sciences.

  • GF

Human ecology. Anthropogeography.

Class H

Social Sciences

  • HC

Economic history and conditions.

  • HD

Industries.  Land use.  Labor.

  • HE

Transportation and communications.


    • HE5601-5725

Automotive transportation.

  • HT

Communities. Classes. Races.


    • HT101-395

Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology.


    • HT401-485

Rural groups. Rural sociology.

Class J

Political Science

  • JF

Political institutions and public administration.


    • JF1525.I6

Intelligence service. Espionage.

  • JK

Political institutions and public administration (United States).


    • JK468.I6

Intelligence service. Central Intelligence Agency.

Class K


  • K

Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence.


    • K3840-4375

Regulation of industry, trade, & commerce. Occupational law.

Class Q


  • QC



    • QC851-999

Meteorology. Climatology.

  • QH

Natural history – Biology.


    • QH1-199.5

Natural history (General).


    • QH540-549.5


Class S


  • S

Agriculture (General).

  • SB

Plant culture.


    • SB419.5

Roof gardening. Balcony gardening.


    • SB950-990.5

Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection.

  • SD


Class T


  • T

Technology (General).

  • TD

Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering.

  • TK

Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering.


    • TK 5101-7241


  • TP

Chemical technology.

Class U

Military Science

  • UB




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.

  • Primary emphasis is on current materials, especially those related to technology.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Electronic formats are preferred for reference resources and periodical collections.
  • Textbooks are not purchased unless they are either requested by an ISAT faculty member or are judged to be a valuable source of general information on the topic by the ISAT liaison librarian.
  • Videos are purchased only at the request of faculty members.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.



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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