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Collection Development Policy Statement: Asian Studies

Levels of Collecting Intensity

As noted above, the aim is to build a modest collection, but one which can support a wide range of master’s level or preliminary dissertation level research topics in the history, civilization, and society of East Asia, China, Japan, and perhaps India or Southeast Asia, using both Western and vernacular sources as needed; teaching resources follow as a matter of course. This formulation seems to be equivalent to Level 3c of the WLN Conspectus, which includes support for master’s programs and “more advanced independent study needs of the patrons of public and special libraries.” (Level 4, described as “the major published source materials required for dissertation and independent research,” is probably out of reach for our program at current funding levels). Other Asian areas and topics should be collected at levels below 3c, as described in the appendix. In general, the aim should be to assure building good interdisciplinary collections in which material on geography, society, economics, education, politics, etc. is added to core material on history and literature.

  • Appendix: Areas part of “Asian Studies” with collection intensities

Regions

Highest intensity level

East Asia

3c

South Asia

3b

Southeast Asia

3b

Pacific Islands

2c

Australia & New Zealand

3a

 

 

Nations

 

Afghanistan

2c

China (PRC)

3c

Tibet

3a

Taiwan (ROC)

3b

Hong Kong

3b

Macao

2c

Mongolia

2c

Japan

3c

South Korea (ROK)

3b

North Korea (DPRK)

3a

India

3c

Pakistan

3a

Sri Lanka

3a

Bangladesh

3a

Nepal

3a

Bhutan

2c

Maldives

2c

Brunei

2c

Burma (Myanmar)

3a

Thailand

3a

Cambodia

3a

Laos

2c

Vietnam

3a

Malaysia

3a

Singapore

3a

Indonesia

3a

Philippines

3a

East Timor

3a

 

 

Pacific Island nations (Nauru, Fiji, Solomons, Kiribati, W. Samoa, Cook Is. Niue, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Belau, Guam (US), Tonga, Tuvalu)

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