Subject Collection Development Guidelines

Subject Collection Development Policy

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Mathematics & Statistics with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department’s support of its majors, interdisciplinary studies, and general education curriculum. The Mathematics & Statistics collection is developed in accordance with the department’s evolving undergraduate and interdisciplinary programs.  Acquisitions and collection management of math and statistical materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

Collection Areas

General

QA1-43

Tables

QA47-59

Problem Solving

QA63

Graphic methods (General). Nomography

QA90

Popular works

QA93

Mathematical recreations

QA95

Miscellany and curiosa.

QA99

Elementary Mathematics. Arithmetic

QA101-145

Algebra

QA150-272.5

Probabilities. Mathematical statistics

QA273-280

Interpolation. Extrapolation

QA281

Sequences

QA292

Series

QA295

Numerical analysis

QA297-298

Analysis

QA299-433

Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology

QA440-699

Analytical mechanics

QA801-939



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, core older materials may be purchased to fill in collection gaps.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Other formats are purchased selectively to support the math curriculum. When deciding between print and electronic resource of comparable scope and information type, preference is given for electronic materials that facilitate accessibility. Electronic formats are notably favorable among math reference resources and periodical collections.  Electronic books are purchased when available and the price is comparable to print for multi-user licenses.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.

 

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing math collections primarily resides with the math liaison librarian(s). Liaison librarian(s) work with faculty within Mathematics & Statistics. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries.

Updated June 21, 2012 by Cheri Duncan.

 

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