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I. Purpose and Program Description

A. Library's Collection Development Objectives

The collection's primary purpose is to support programs at the B.A. degree level in Sociology. The library also seeks to support Master's degree level coursework in this area. Secondary support is directed to faculty teaching and research. The interdisciplinary nature of these studies requires that students and faculty consult related collections in the library.

B. Curricular Program Description

The department of Sociology combines the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, Sociology and Social Work. Sociology is the study of people, their culture, and their environment. It deals primarily with social positions, relationships, groups, institutions, and process of human activities.   Anthropology examines the variations of behavior among human groups and describes the character of the various cultures and the process of stability, change, and the development that are characteristic to them. Courses in Anthropology include archaeology - the study of artifacts and the language of past cultures. Geography is the science that describes the earth's surface and its relationship to the people who live on it. Courses are offered in both physical geography and cultural geography. The Sociology major includes four areas of concentration: General Sociology, and Anthropology. Minors are offered in Anthropology, Geography and Gerontology. Graduate courses are offered in social theory, race and culture, deviant behavior, population studies, educational leadership, sociology of religion, social psychology, sociology of the family, industrial sociology, urban geography, and anthropology.

C. Areas of Specialization

Aging (Gerontology)
Deviant Behavior
Marriage and the family
Medical Sociology
Social Theory

D. Overlap with Other Academic Disciplines and Library Collections

Biology, Communications, Education, History, Nursing, Philosophy, Justice and Public Safety, Business Administration, Political Science & Public Administration, Psychology, Management and Marketing.

 

II. General Selection Guidelines

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Foreign language materials are excluded. Key works originally published in a foreign language will be purchased only in English translation.

B. Chronological Coverage: For Sociology and Geography, emphasis is on the 20th-century forward, but no period is excluded from consideration for the collection. For Anthropology, there are no limitations.

C. Geographical Coverage: For Sociology, primary emphasis is on the culture, social relations, social behavior, and society in the United States, but no area is excluded from consideration. For Anthropology and Geography, there are no limitations.

D. Types of Material: Included are encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, handbooks, bibliographies, biographies, statistical publications, research reports, case studies, monographs and journals. Pertinent local and state documents are acquired, as are all documents which are depository items issued by the federal government. Theses, dissertations and textbooks are     purchased selectively.

E. Imprint Date: Current in-print publications receive priority; however, selected retrospective publications are purchased in available formats as budget permits. Standard sociological, geographical, and anthropological reference works are updated regularly.

F. Physical Format: Traditional printforms, including hardbound and paperbound books, and serials are emphasized. Microforms and books with media are collected selectively when unavailable in print form or when space considerations are important. Audiovisuals are collected selectively in consultation with the Sociology liaison

G. Treatment of Subject: Publications encompassing social psychology, marriage and family, social histories, social philosophy, communities, social pathology, demography, archeology, cultural anthropology, geography, ethnology, social services, social classes and races, and sociology of the aged are collected. The historical, political, religious, legal, and business aspects of Sociology are collected, as are materials dealing with Sociology and Anthropology in relation to art and literature is collected. Works written on a popular level are purchased selectively.

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

I. Acquisitions Plans Affecting Sociology:

1.) Standing Orders

Alabama County Data Book
Alabama Foundation Directory
Alabama Municipal Data Book
Book of World city rankings
Chases's Annual Events
Cities of the World
Community Resources Directory
Directory of Services for Blind & Visually Impaired Persons in the U.S.
Foundations Today
Human Development Report
Monitoring the Future Public Affairs Information Service
Places Rated Almanac
Public welfare Directory
Sociological Abstracts
State of the World
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Statistical Handbook of Japan

2.) Approval Plans:

Blackwell North America: Forms.

J. Major Assessment/Selection Tools:

Aby, Stephen H. Sociology: A Guide to Reference & Information Sources; American reference books Annual; Books for College Libraries; Li, Tze-chung.   Social Science Reference Sources: A Practical Guide; Sheehy, Eugene P.   Guide to Reference Books; Wynar, Bohdan S. Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries.

Collection Development Tools: Times Literary Supplement; Chronicle of Higher Education ; New York Times book Review. Also, reviews from major sociological journals, BNA approval notification slips, Baker & Taylor notification slips; and text bibliographies.

K. Deselection/Replacement: Currency is not a major criterion for assessment, thus deselection/replacement is kept to an absolute minimum.   Materials for deselection or replacement are evaluated in accordance with the General Collection Management and Development Policy statement on Deselection/Replacement.

L. Classifications That Define Scope of Collection:

CC - Archaeology
G   - Geography. General. Atlases. Maps
GB - Physical geography
GC - Oceanography
GF - Human Ecology. Anthropogeography
GN - Anthropology
GR - Folklore
GT - Manners and Customs
HM - Sociology
HN - Social history
HQ - Family. Marriage. Men. Women
HS - Societies. Clubs
HT - Communities. Classes. Races
HV - Social pathology. Social service. Criminology
HX - Socialism. Communism

M. Recommended Collection Level: 3aE

Library Liaison: Gantt                     Subject: Sociology

 

 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY STATEMENT:
CLASSED ANALYSIS

LC Class Descriptor Existing Strength Desired Strength
CC ARCHAEOLOGY 2A 3B
G-GF GEOGRAPHY. Oceanography Human Ecology. 2A 2B
G GEOGRAPHY: general 2A 3B
GA MATHEMATICAL GEOGRAPHY. Cartography 1B 2B
GB PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 2A 3A
GC OCEANOGRAPHY 1B 2B
GF HUMAN ECOLOGY 1B 2B
GN ANTHROPOLOGY. Ethnology. Prehistoric archaeology 2A 3B
GN 301-686 ETHNOLOGY. Social and Cultural 1B 3A
GN 700-875 PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY 1A 3B
GR FOLKLORE 1A 2A
GT CUSTOMS. Costume 1B 2A
HB 849-3700 DEMOGRAPHY. Vital Events. Population 2A 3B
HM 1-73 SOCIOLOGY (General works on history, theory, & method) 2B 3A
HM 101-146 CIVILIZATION. & CULTURE. SOCIAL CHANGE Notes: incl. leadership interpersonal and group relations 2B 3A
HM 201-221 SOCIAL ELEMENTS, FORCES LAWS 2B 3A
HM 251-291 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Notes: incl. social inter-action, public opinion, socialization 2B 3A
HN 1-49 SOCIAL HISTORY,CONDITIONS PROBLEMS, AND REFORM 2A 3A
HN 51-90 United States 2B 3A
HN 101-940 Other countries 2A 2B
HQ 1-471 SEX LIFE, BEHAVIOR & RELATIONS 2A 3A
HQ 503-746 FAMILY, MARRIAGE, CHILDREN (History treatise & gen. wks) 2B 3B
HQ 531-557 United States 2A 3A
HQ 560-689 Other countries 1B 2B
HQ 750-799 EUGENICS, PARENTHOOD, FAMILY PLANNING, CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 2A 3A
HQ 800 CELIBACY 1A 1B
HQ 801-1058 COURTSHIP, DIVORCE 2B 3A
HQ 1059-1090 AGED, GERONTOLOGY Notes: Social Aspects 2A 3B
HQ 1073 Death & Dying 1B 3A
HQ 1075 SEX ROLE 1B 3A
HQ 1101-2030 WOMEN, FEMINISM 1B 2B
HQ 1402-1439 United States 1B 2A
HQ 1451-1870 Other countries 1B 2A
HS ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES 1B 2A
HT 51-381 URBAN SOCIOLOGY Notes: Cities & towns 2A 3B
HT 390-395 REGIONAL PLANNING 1A 2B
HT 401-485 RURAL SOCIOLOGY 1B 3A
HT 601-1445 SOCIAL CLASSES 2A 3B
HT 1501-1595 RACES 1B 3B
HV 1-38 SOCIAL PATHOLOGY, SOCIAL WELFARE Notes: Social Work 2A 3A
HV 43 SOCIAL CASEWORK 2B 3A
HV 85-99 United States 2B 3A
HV 101-516 Other countries 1A 1A
HV 530-696 SPECIAL RELIEF Notes: Agencies, services disaster 1A 2A
HV 697-700 PROTECTION, ASSISTANCE General works 2A 2B
HV 701-1441 Children and Youth 2A 2B
HV 1442-1448 Women 2A 3B
HV 1451-1493 Aged 2A 3B
HV 1551-3024 Handicapped 2A 3A
HV 3176-4630 Special Classes Notes: occupation, race poor, immigrants 0 0
HV 4701-4959 Animals 0 0
HV 5001-5720 ALCOHOLISM 1B 2A
HV 5800-5840 DRUG ABUSE 1B 3A
HV 6001-6249 CRIMINOLOGY, general works. Notes: causes, types, classes, etc. 2A 3B
HV 6250-7220 CRIMES & OFFENSES 2A 3B
HV 7231-9920 PENOLOGY Notes: includes criminal investigations and prevention 2B 3B

 Rev. 4/9/1997, 1/19/2011 (jk)

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