Subject Collection Development Guidelines

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Philosophy and Religion with a collection that supports instruction and research and that takes into consideration the department’s wide-ranging curriculum.  The philosophy and religion collection is developed in accordance with the department’s evolving undergraduate program with concentrations in philosophy or religion, as well as the Religion minor in Global Religion and Global Issues and the interdisciplinary minor in Classical Studies. Acquisitions and collection management of philosophy and religion materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

Collection Areas

B

Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

B1-99

Philosophy (General)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

B105

Special Topics

3b. Intermediate Study Level

B108-708

Ancient

3b. Intermediate Study Level

B720-765

Medieval

3b. Intermediate Study Level

B770-785

Renaissance

3b. Intermediate Study Level

B790-5802

Modern

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BC

Logic

BC1-199

Logic

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD

Speculative Philosophy

BD10-41

Speculative Philosophy, general

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD95-131

Metaphysics

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD143-237

Epistemology. Theory of knowledge

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD240-260

Methodology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD300-450

Ontology (Including being, soul, life, death)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BD493-701

Cosmology [Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter, plurality of worlds]

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BH

Aesthetics

BH1-301

Aesthetics

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BJ

Ethics

BJ1-1725

Ethics

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BL

Religions. Mythology. Rationalism

BL1-290

Religion (General)

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BL300-325

The myth. Comparative mythology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BL350-385

Classification of religions

3a. Basic Study Level

BL410

Religions in relation to one another

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BL425-638

Religious doctrines (General). Worship. Religious Life.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BL660-2680

History and principles of religions

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding BL1300-1710 (Jainism, et al.)

BL2700-2790

Rationalism

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BM

Judaism

BM1-648

General. Jewish Literature. Principles. Dogmatics. Holocaust. Apologetics.

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding BM70-135 (Study and teaching)

BM650-990

Practical Judaism. Biography. Samaritans.

3a. Basic Study Level

BP

Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc.

BP1-253

Islam

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding BP42-48 (Study and teaching), BP191-253 (sects)

BP300-420

Bahai Faith

3a. Basic Study Level

BP500-605

Theosophy. Other movements.

3a. Basic Study Level

BQ

Buddhism

BQ1-9800

Buddhism

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding BQ141-209 (Religious education)

BR

Christianity

BR1-1725

Christianity

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BS

The Bible

BS1-355

Versions

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding BS199-355 (Modern non-English texts)

BS410-680

Works about the Bible

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BS701-1830

Old Testament

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BS1901-2970

New Testament

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BT

Doctrinal theology

BT10-1480

Doctrinal theology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BV

Practical theology

BV1-4

General

3a. Basic Study Level

BV5-530

Worship (Public and private)

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BV590-1652

Ecclesiastical theology.

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

Emphasis on Church and state (BV629-631)

BV2000-3705

Missions

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BV4000-4470

Pastoral theology

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BV4485-5099

Practical religion. The Christian life

3a. Basic Study Level

BX

Christian denominations

BX1-9.5

Church unity. Ecumenical movement. Interdenominational cooperation

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BX100-189

Eastern churches.  Oriental churches

3a. Basic Study Level

BX200-756

Orthodox Eastern Church

3a. Basic Study Level

BX800-4795

Catholic Church

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding Biography, Saints, Sects (BX4650-4795)

BX4800-9999

Protestantism

3b. Intermediate Study Level

Excluding Pre-Reformation sects (BX4872-4924), Other Protestant denominations (BX6101-9999)

 

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 sources.
  • 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 considered for materials that are otherwise unavailable. Digital 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 are selectively collected.

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing history collections primarily resides with the philosophy and religion 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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