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I. Purpose and Program Description

A. Library's Collection Development Objectives

The collection's first purpose is to support the three baccalaureate level programs in mathematics. The library also seeks to support mathematics courses leading to the master's degree in education program. The collection's second purpose is to support the faculty in teaching and research. Finally, because mathematics plays such a significant role in so many other disciplines, the library's collection should offer mathematical support to a great range of other areas.

B. Curricular Program Description

At the bachelor's degree level, there is the traditional mathematics program, the mathematics program with concentration in computing, and the mathematics program with emphasis in engineering and physics. There are also programs in mathematics education at both the baccalaureate and master's degree levels.

C. New and Expanding Areas of Interest

1. Numerical analysis
2. Discrete mathematics
3. Both practical and theoretical aspects of programming.

D. Areas of Specialization

Topology and geometry; modern algebra; functional analysis; statistics; discrete mathematics; numerical analysis; mechanical eng.; history of mathematics; mathematics education.

E. Overlap with other Academic Disciplines and Library Collections

Physics, Information Science, Chemistry, Economics, Education, Philosophy


II. General Selection Guidelines

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Materials in languages other than English will be judged on an individual basis. Classic works originally published in another language may be purchased in English translation.

B. Chronological Coverage: Emphasis is on the 20th century and forward, but no period is excluded from consideration for the collection. Works dealing with the practical aspects of computing should be the most up-to-date obtainable.

C. Geographical Coverage: No limitations.

D. Types of Material: Included are encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, handbooks, bibliographies, biographies, monographs, and journals. All depository items issued by the Superintendent of Documents are acquired.   Publications and proceedings of professional mathematical organizations may be included also. Theses, dissertations and textbooks are acquired selectively.

E. Imprint Date: Current in-print publications receive priority. Selected retrospective publications are purchased in available formats and directed by The Mathematical Association of America's Basic Library List for Four Year Colleges.

F. Physical Format: Traditional print forms, including hardbound and paperbound books, and serials are collected. Microforms and audiovisuals are collected selectively when cost and space considerations are especially important. Audiovisuals and computer software are collected selectively in consultation with the Mathematics liaison.

G. Treatment of Subject: Publications encompassing mathematical logic, algebra, analysis, statistics and its applications, calculus, geometry, topology, history of mathematics numerical analysis, discrete mathematics, mathematical modeling, and computer science are collected. Historical materials dealing with the development of all aspects of mathematics, including biographies and autobiographies of prominent mathematicians and information scientists are purchased.  

H. Place of Publication: Emphasis is given to materials published in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Materials from all other places are collected selectively.

I. Acquisitions Plans Affecting Mathematics:

1.) Standing Orders: CRC Standard Mathematical Tables
2.) Approval Plans: BNA: Books and Forms.

J. Major Assessment/Selection Tools: BNA and B&T notification slips; major mathematics journals; publishers announcements; MAA's Basic Library List for Four YearColleges; ARBA; Books for College Libraries; Kazt, Bill Magazines for Libraries; Applied Science and Technology Index; General Science Index; Sheehy, Eugene P. Guide to Reference Books; MathSciNet database title listing.

K. Deselection/Replacement: Currency is only a major criterion for the assessment of works dealing with computing. Thus, deselection/replacement is kept to a minimum.

L. Classifications That Define the Scope of the Collection:

Q - Science, general
QA - Mathematics
TK - Electrical engineering. Electronics

M. Recommended Collection Level: 2b-3aE

Library Liaison: Best                     Subject: Mathematics



Collection Level

LC Class Descriptor Existing Strength Desired Strength
QA 1-8 Reference, General Works & Philosophy 1b 3a
QA 9-10.3 Mathematical Logic 1b 3a
QA 11-20 Study and Teaching 2a 2b
QA 21-27 History, By Period or Country 2b 2b-3a
QA 28-29 Biography. Collective and Individual 1b 2b
QA 31-41 Mathematics: General Works & Handbooks and Formulas 1b 3a
QA 43-59 Problems. Solutions & Tables 1a 3a
QA 75-76.95 Calculating Machines. Electronic Computers. Computer Science 1b 2a
QA 76-76.27 General Works, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, History, Study and Teaching 1b 2a
QA 76.5-.54 Digital Computers 1b 2a
QA 76.6 Programming 2a 2b
QA 76.7-.76 Programming Languages 1b 2b
QA 76.8 Special Computers and Systems 1a 1b
QA 93-99 Mathematical Recreations 2a 2a
QA 101-145 Arithmetic 2b 2b
QA 150-297 Algebra: 2b 3a
QA 164-165 Combinatorial Analysis 1b 3a
QA 166-169 Graph Theory. Homological Algebra 1b 3a
QA 171-188 Theory of Groups. Linear Algebras 1b 3a
QA 211-224 Theory of Equations 0 2b
QA 241-247.5 Theory of Numbers 2a 3a
QA 242-246 Special Forms and Special Functions 1a 2b
QA 247-247.5 Algebraic Fields. Algebraic Numbers 1a 2b
QA 248-248.3 Aggregates. Set Theory 1a 2b
QA 251-251.5 Universal Algebra Rings 1a 2b
QA 261-265 Vector Calculus. Matrices. Linear Programming 2a 2b
QA 266-271 Machine Theory: Game Theory 1a 2b
QA 273-273.4 Probabilities 1b 2b
QA 276-295 Mathematical Statistics: 1a 3a
QA 276-277 General Works, Descriptive Statistics, Dictionaries, Tables, Graphic Methods and Sampling 1b 3a
QA 278-279 Multivariate Analysis and Regression Analysis. Analysis of Variance 2a 3a
QA 280-295 Series Inequalities 1b 3a
QA 297-299.82 Numerical Analysis 1a 2b
QA 300-433 Mathematical Analysis:    
QA 300 General Works. Treatises 2a 3a
QA 303-316 Calculus:    
QA 308-313 Calculus. Measure Theory. Ergodic Theory 1b 3a
QA 315-316 Calculus of Variations 1b 3a
QA 320-329 Functional Analysis and Operator Theory 1b 3a
QA 331-360 Theory of Functions 1b 3a
QA 333-343 Riemannian Surfaces. Elliptic Functions 0 2a
QA 371-387 Differential Equations 1a 3a
QA 373-377 Differential -Difference 2a 2b
QA 401-427 Mathematical Physics. Engineering Mathematics: 1a 2b
QA 401 General Works 2a 2b
QA 402-402.5 System Analysis. Control Theory. Optimization Programming 1a 2b
QA 403-404.5 Harmonic Analysis. Fourier Analysis and Functions. Orthogonal Series & Functions 1a 2a
QA 431-432 Differential Equations. Functional Equations. Integral Equations And Operational Calculus 1a 3a
QA 440-699 Geometry: 1a 3a
QA 445-447 General Works    
QA 451-497 Elementary Geometry 1b 3a
QA 481-497 Special Topics in Plane Geometry 2b 3a
QA 551-608 Analytic Geometry. Algebraic Geometry and Transformations 1a 3a
QA 611-614.9 Topology, Topological Dynamics, Algebraic Topology, Manifolds and Differential Topology 1a 2a
QA 641-680 Differential Geometry 1b 2b
QA 681 Foundations of Geometry 1b 3a
QA 685 Non-Euclidean Geometry 1a 3a
QA 691-699 Hyperspace. Fourth Dimension 1a 2b
QA 801-939 Analytical Mechanics:    
QA 801-808.5 History. General Works and Special Aspects 1a 2a
QA 821-842 Statics. Kinematics 0 2a
QA 845-871 Dynamics. Oscillations 0 2a
QA 901-930 Fluid Mechanics. Fluid Dynamics 1a 2a
QA 931-939 Elasticity. Plasticity 1a 2a

Rev. 1/19/2011 (jk)

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