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Subject Collection Development Guidelines

This document outlines the collection development goals and guidelines of JMU Libraries regarding its dedication to supporting the educational and curricular goals of JMU’s Department of Psychology and Department of Graduate Psychology. The psychology collection has been and continues to be developed with the intention of facilitating research by students and faculty and supporting the diverse and continuously evolving instruction and coursework in these departments. The effective collection and management of the materials in these collections ultimately serves the library’s mission of creating learning and information environments where people connect with ideas.

 

 

Collection Areas

The Library of Congress (LC) subclass “BF” is dedicated to psychology. However, because psychology, as a field of study, is fundamentally and profoundly interdisciplinary, materials from many different LC classes and subclasses are routinely collected to support the numerous psychology programs. The BF subclass also includes many subjects relating that parapsychology and occultism that do not explicitly provide support to any psychology programs or classes and are therefore collected quite sparingly, if at all. The following table clarifies the types of materials being acquired for the psychology collection and the level at which they are being collected. A higher level typically indicates more materials are collected and are intended to support more advanced research and instruction.

 

LC Class

Description

Collecting Level

Notes

BF

Psychology

 

BF38-64

Philosophy. Relation to other topics

3a. Basic Study Level

 

BF81-109

History, Origins of Psychology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

BF110-118

Early works through 1850

1b. Minimal Level, Even Coverage

Introductory and overview materials

BF121-149

Works 1850 -

3a. Basic Study Level

Introductory and overview materials

BF150-171

Mind and Body

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

 

BF173-175.5

Psychoanalysis

3c. Advanced Study Level

BF176-176.5

Psychological tests and testing

3c. Advanced Study Level

Not individual tests

BF180-198.7

Experimental psychology

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

 

BF199

Behaviorism

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

 

BF203

Gestalt psychology

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BF207-209

Psychotropic drugs and other substances

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF231-299

Sensation. Aesthesiology

3a. Basic Study Level

BF309-499

Consciousness. Cognition  including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue

3c. Advanced Study Level

BF501-505

Motivation

3a. Basic Study Level

BF511-593

Affection. Feeling. Emotion

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BF608-635

Will. Volition. Choice. Control

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BF636-637

Applied psychology

3c. Advanced Study Level

BF638-648

New Thought. Menticulture, etc.

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF660-685

Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology

3a. Basic Study Level

BF692-692.5

Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

BF697-697.5

Differential psychology. Individuality. Self

3a. Basic Study Level

BF698-698.9

Personality

Including assessment, testing, etc.

3c. Advanced Study Level

Not individual tests

BF699-711

Genetic psychology

3b. Intermediate Study Level

BF712-724.85

Developmental psychology

Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood

3c. Advanced Study Level

BF725-727

Class psychology

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF795-839

Temperament. Character

1b. Minimal Level, Even Coverage

BF839.8-885

Physiognomy. Phrenology

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF889-905

Graphology. Study of handwriting

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF908-940

The hand. Palmistry

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF1001-1389

Parapsychology

BF1001-1045

Psychic research. Psychology of the conscious

1b. Minimal Level, Even Coverage

BF1048-1108

Hallucinations. Sleep. Dreaming. Visions

2a. Basic Level, Introductory

BF1111-1156

Hypnotism. Suggestion. Mesmerism. Subliminal projection

1b. Minimal Level, Even Coverage

BF1161-1171

Telepathy. Mind reading. Thought transference

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF1228-1389

Spiritualism

Including mediumship, spirit messages, clairvoyance

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

BF1404-2055

Occult Sciences

1a. Minimal Level, Uneven Coverage

 

HF

Commerce

HF5548.7-5548.85

Industrial psychology

3a. Basic Study Level

Materials in this area may also be purchased by Business Librarian

HM1001-1281

Social Psychology

HM1041-1101

Social perception. Social cognition

Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotype

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

Materials in this area may also be purchased by Sociology Librarian

HM1106-1171

Interpersonal relations. Social behavior

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

Materials in this area may also be purchased by Sociology Librarian

HM1176-1281

Social influence. Social pressure

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

Materials in this area may also be purchased by Sociology Librarian

LB

Education

LB1050.9-1091

Educational psychology

3c. Advanced Study Level

LB1101-1139

Child study

2b. Basic Level, Advanced

Materials in this area may also be purchased by Education Librarian

RA

Public Aspects of Medicine

 

 

RA790-790.95

Mental health. Mental illness prevention

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

RC

Internal Medicine

 

 

RC49-52

Psychosomatic medicine

3a. Basic Study Level

RC321-571

Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC346-429

Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system

Including speech disorders

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC435-571

Psychiatry

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC475-489

Therapeutics. Psychotherapy

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC490-499

Hypnotism and hypnosis. Suggestion therapy

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC500-510

Psychoanalysis

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC512-569.5

Psychopathology

3c. Advanced Study Level

RC569.7-571

Mental retardation. Developmental disabilities

3b. Intermediate Study Level

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines

  • Materials are considered for their subject, curriculum relevance, authoritativeness, quality, currency, and price. User requests and appropriateness for the entire collection are also key criteria for consideration.
  • Primary emphasis is on current materials; however, historic materials are purchased as necessary.
  • Primary format is print. Other formats, such as electronic, are purchased selectively to support the Psychology and Graduate Psychology curriculums. When deciding between print and electronic resources of comparable scope and information type, preference is generally given to print materials.
  • DVDs and physical video materials are purchased by Media Resources and housed therein. Psychology-related videos are purchased with guidance from the psychology librarian and requests for such materials are key criteria for selection.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.
  • Textbooks are typically not purchased or collected by JMU Libraries.
  • Special Projects will be considered based on faculty requests and relevance to the curriculum
  • Inclusion and exclusion of materials within these call number ranges will also be determined based on collection management reports that illustrate the current number of physical and electronic items in a call number range, the number of items circulating within that range, and the number of items added within that range. Weeding and purchasing decisions will also be based on these collection management reports as well as the general collection development guidelines for collecting and weeding. 

Responsibilities

The responsibility of acquiring and managing the psychology collection primarily resides with the psychology liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with psychology 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 11, 2012 by Michael Mungin.

 

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