Library Science, Generalities and Reference
The Library Science, Generalities, & Reference division does not directly support the curriculum of any one academic department; however, it indirectly supports the curricula of all of them. It aids library and departmental faculty in selecting materials for the Library, and students in finding sources of information. It also helps the library faculty keep up-to-date in librarianship.
N.B. Although this conspectus division ostensibly supports reference, it actually embraces the call letters A and Z, which are divided between the main and reference collections. The reference collection is distributed across the Library of Congress class system. Therefore, all conspectus divisions support the reference collection in part; this division supports those parts related to bibliography, generalities (e.g. encyclopedias), and librarianship.
Monographs. The Library Science, Generalities, & Reference collection holds 3724 monographs, which is equivalent to a 3a, and is more than twice the number from the modified ACRL standard (1588). The median age of the books in this division is 16 years old, with 33% published in the last decade.
Acquisitions. The 1997/1998 monographs allocation for the reference collection as well as for the individual librarians totals $25,000. This total is used to purchase books for all subjects in the collection. Thus, only a relatively small portion goes towards books in the division. On the other hand, academic departments may also purchase materials that fall within this division. The Library purchases an average of 123 books for this division annually, which is 13% of the domestic publishing output, for an AC rating of 3a. Books for this division have a discounted average price of $42.92 apiece, which means that the approximately $5279 is being spent on acquisitions for this division.
Periodicals. The Library subscribes to various general and specialized electronic databases through MIRLYN, FirstSearch, and SearchBank: Wilson, InfoTrac, National Newspaper Database, AMOF, and LibraryLit. There are 61 pertinent Wilson-indexed periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 31 (51%=3a) and web access to 17 more (79% total=3b).
Sources consulted: TJB8, RA14, ARBA, EB15, BCL3.
Prepared by Paul G. Streby.
Ratings for Library Science & Generalities
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisitions commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|AC - AZ, CD 931 - 4279, Z 4 - 15||LIS 000.31 - 000.5||Generalities||3a||3b/ 3c|
|PN 4699 - 5650||LIS 037.5||Journalism, The Periodical Press||3a||3a||Supports some lower-division Communication department courses|
|Z 278 - 549||LIS 038||Bookselling and Publishing||2a||2a|
|Z 551 - 661||LIS 038.5||Copyright, Intellectual Property||2a||2a|
|Z 662 - 1000||LIS 040.5||Libraries - Library Science||3a||2b||Periodicals = 3a|
|Z 1000 - 8999||LIS 091.5 - 113||Bibliography||3a||3b|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||3a||3a||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