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Collection Development Policy Statement: Anthropology

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphasis/Restrictions

There are no limitations – all periods are selected. However emphasis is on recent studies and revisions of older theories (e.g., revised editions of older works). In certain cases, reprint or microfilm editions can replace classical works.

B. Languages of Resources Collected: Exclusions/Emphases/ Translations

English and major Western European languages are preferred. Significant publications in Slavic and non-European languages should be acquired by the specialists in these languages. Materials in vernacular languages from Africa, Latin America, Asia and other areas will be selected by appropriate bibliographers, or by faculty with competence in these areas or languages. For works where an English translation is or becomes available, the English language edition will be favored or acquired as an additional copy. It should be noted that most of the current English language materials are acquired on approval plans using an appropriate profile.

C. Geography of the Subject: Emphasis/Restrictions

All regions of the world will be considered, and all materials of major importance selected, e.g., general works of various regions in the entire field of Anthropology, as outlined in above. Since Anthropology is interdisciplinary – concerned with all aspects of man – and in view of the division of selection responsibilities, coordination is of utmost importance. Traditional methods of selection may not be adequate to provide adequate inclusion of possible pieces published by other disciplines that may apply. Special consideration should be given for the acquisition of such publications.

D. Format of the Resources Collected

Monographs are collected primarily in print, with edited works, serials and reference works primarily electronic. Publications such as ethnographic reports, theoretical development reports, major site reports, symposia and proceedings of scholarly societies are collected selectively. DVDs, streaming video, and maps are collected. Archival materials (original and digitized) may be collected.  Dissertations and theses from other institutions are generally not collected.

Numeric datasets and statistical sources may be collected. Faculty-produced data may be collected. Availability of digital text for computational analysis, as well as for access by persons with disabilities, will be considered when acquiring resources for the library.

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected: Emphases if any

Emphases should be on current publications. See also III, C and D.


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