The Biological Sciences division supports the curriculum of the Biology Department, which offers undergraduate degrees.
Monographs. The Biological Sciences collection holds 4561 monographs, which is equivalent to a 2b, and is 58% of the number from the modified ACRL standard (7826). The monographs collection is inadequate to support the undergraduate instruction at UM-Flint. The currency of the collection offers some grounds for satisfaction: 26% of the volumes published in the last decade. However, acquisitions in biology have suffered in the past five years, and do not meet the conspectus minimum requirement that 10% of titles in science divisions to have been published in that period. The median age of the books in this division is 1977.
Acquisitions. The 1997/1998 monographs allocation for the Biology Department is $4107. Taking a proportional share of librarians budgets, plus the reference allocation, yields a weighted total of $4978. This is sufficient to buy approximately 71 books at a discounted average price of $70.25 apiece. This amounts to about 3% of the total domestic publishing output for Biology, for an AC rating of 2a. Acquiring 10% of the publishing output per year would require a monographs allocation of $14,612.
Periodicals. Through FirstSearch, students looking for biology citations can search AGRICOLA, BioDigest, BiolAgrIndex, and BasicBIOSIS. There are 131 Wilson-indexed biological periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 38 (29%=2a) and web access to 7 more (34% total=2b).
Sources consulted: BCL3, UTBL.
Prepared by Grant Burns and Paul G. Streby.
Ratings for Biological Sciences
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisition commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|QH 1 - 200||BIO 000.5||Natural History||3a||3b|
|QH 201 - 278||BIO 034.5||Microscopy||2a||3b|
|QH 301 - 705||BIO 041.5||Biology (General)||2b||3b||Periodicals=2a|
|QH 426 - 504||BIO 066.5||Genetics||3a||3b|
|QH 505||BIO 084.5||Biophysics||2b||3b|
|QH 506||BIO 085.5||Molecular Biology||2b||3b|
|QH 540 - 572||BIO 090.5||Ecology||2b||3b|
|QH 573 - 671||BIO 099.5||Cytology||2b||3b|
|QK 1 - 474.7||BIO 109.5||Botany (General)||2b/ 3a||3b||Periodicals=2b|
|QK 475 - 989||BIO 149.5||Botany (Specific Fields)||2b||3b|
|QK 641 - 664||BIO 189.5||Plant Anatomy||3a||3b|
|QK 710 - 899||BIO 194.5||Plant Physiology||2b||3b|
|QK 900 - 989||BIO 223.5||Plant Ecology||3a||3b|
|QL 1 - 355||BIO 261.5||Zoology (General)||2b||3b|
|QL 362 - 599||BIO 322.5||Invertebrates||2b||3b|
|QL 600 - 613, 670||BIO 395.5||Chordates - Vertebrates||3a||3b|
|QL 614 - 639||BIO 408.5||Fishes||2a||3b|
|QL 640 - 669||BIO 438.5||Reptiles & Amphibians||3a||3b|
|QL 671 - 699||BIO 466.5||Birds||3a||3b|
|QL 700 - 749||BIO 531.5||Mammals||3a||3b|
|QL 750 - 991||BIO 592.5||Ethology, Anatomy, Embryology||3a||3b|
|QP 501 - 801||BIO 604.5||Animal Biochemistry||2b||3b|
|QR 1 - 354||BIO 703.5||Microbiology||2b||3b|
|QR 355 - 9999||BIO 751||Virology||2b||3b|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||2b||2a||3b|
0 -- Out of scope
1 -- Minimal level
1a ---- Minimal level, uneven coverage
1b ---- Minimal level, even coverage
2 -- Basic information level
2a ---- Basic information level, Introductory
2b ---- Basic information level, Advanced (Appropriate for community college students)
3 -- Study or instructional support level
3a ---- Basic study or instructional support level (Adequate to support lower division undergraduate courses)
3b ---- Intermediate study or instructional support level (Adequate to support upper division undergraduate courses; not adequate for master's degree programs)
3c ---- Advanced study or instructional support level (Adequate to support master's degree programs)
4 -- Research level (Adequate to support doctoral research)
5 -- Comprehensive level