Language Coverage Codes

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Language coverage is closely linked to the collection levels, and the representation of English and foreign language materials is a critical dimension in evaluating collections. Language coverage qualifies and amplifies the collection values and frequently determines the appropriate collection level. Generally, the higher the reported level the broader the language coverage. For example, a collection in History cannot be considered a research collection unless foreign language materials are collected extensively.

The following language codes are to be added to every collection level or collection goal code assigned. A missing language code will be interpreted in the database an "E" for "predominantly English."

E - English language material predominates; little or no foreign language material in the collection.

F - Selected foreign language material included, in addition to the English language material.

W - Wide selection of foreign language material in all applicable languages.

Y - Material is primarily in one foreign language. (The comments field should indicate the specific language).

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