The Sociology division supports the curricula of several departments at UM-Flint: Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. All three offer undergraduate degrees, and the Criminal Justice Department also supports a criminal justice concentration in the MPA program.
Monographs. The collection holds 11,413 monographs, which is equivalent to a 3a, and is 70% of the number from the modified ACRL standard (16,217). A high percentage of the titles were published in the last decade.
Acquisitions. The Criminal Justice and Social Work departments have their own book budgets ($4758 and $3852, respectively). The Sociology Department shares its book budget with the Anthropology Department. The 1997/1998 monographs allocation for these two Departments is $4382. To divide this figure equitably between the Anthropology and Sociology departments and conspectus divisions, $3462 (79%) of the money was assigned to Sociology, and $920 (21%) to Anthropology (based on the proportion of graduating seniors for the most recently available two years). The total book allocation for the Sociology, Social Work, and Sociology departments is $12,072. Taking a proportional share of librarians' budgets, plus the reference allocation, yields a weighted total of $14,631. This is sufficient to buy approximately 446 books at a discounted average price of $32.77 apiece. This amounts to about 14% of the total domestic publishing output for sociology and its related disciplines, for an AC rating of 3a. Acquiring 15% of the relevant publishing output per year would require a monographs allocation of $15,795 for the three departments together, not including Anthropology.
Periodicals. There are 168 Wilson-indexed sociology periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 83 (49%=2b) and web access to 34 more (70% total=3a).
Sources consulted: SISS, RSSW, BTCS.
Prepared by Dorothy Gae Davis and Paul G. Streby.
Ratings for Sociology
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisitions commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|GF||SOC 000.4||Human Ecology (Anthropogeography)||2b||3b|
|H||SOC 001||Social Sciences - General||2b||3b||Social theory needs work; periodicals=3a/3b|
|HM||SOC 004||Sociology (General & Theoretical)||3a||3b||Book collection needs updating; periodicals=3a/3b|
|HN||SOC 006||Social History, Social Problems, Social Reform||2b||3b|
|RA 3 - 420||SOC 007.5||Medicine & the State||3b||3c||Almost all titles deal with health care & service administration|
|HQ||SOC 008||Family, Marriage, Women, Sexual Life||3b||3b||Periodicals=2b/3a|
|HS||SOC 012||Societies - Secret, Benevolent, etc.||3a||3b||Book collection needs updating|
|HT||SOC 013||Communities, Classes, Races||3b||3b|
|HV||SOC 022||Social Pathology, Social & Public Welfare||3a||3c||Periodicals=2b/3a|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||3a||3a||3b/ 3c|
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