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Collection Development

Collection Development Policy

I. General Policy Statement

A. Introduction - Policy Framework and Scope

The McIntyre library is the central library on the UW-Eau Claire campus and the only resource staffed by professional librarians. As such, it is charged with supporting the educational missions of the entire university. Therefore, this policy statement aims at a fair and equal allocation of available funds and resources to all members of the UW-Eau Claire intellectual community, while recognizing that academic needs for learning resources are being addressed by additional expenditures for materials and personnel in and by the Departments of Music, Special Education, Geography, English and the School of Nursing.

In recognition of the limitations on library services funds and resources, this policy also establishes priorities based on the mission of the library and the university. Priorities are addressed in terms of the primary focus on undergraduate education and on the four schools represented at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Issues of materials collecting levels, formats collected, historical depth and chronological breadth, retention and deselection and the impact of electronic information systems and changing paradigms for collection goals in higher education are also addressed briefly at this time. It is intended that additional detail will be added to this policy during the next two years as the library and the campus move through a transition period which spans both technological and conceptual areas of higher education.

B. Statement of Philosophy - Based on Purpose of Institution

(see Appendix One: Mission Statements)
In keeping with the mission statements of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and of the McIntyre Library, the primary responsibility of Collection Development is to support undergraduate education in the four Academic Schools, Arts & Sciences, Education, Business and Nursing.

Our secondary mission is to support Masters-level programs administered through the Graduate School. Its tertiary mission is to support the research needs of faculty and its quaternary mission is to provide access to resources for community, regional, state and national needs for intellectual endeavors related to the educational programs offered at UW-Eau Claire. This difference is reflected in the policy already in place that undergraduate interlibrary loan borrowing is restricted to Wisconsin institutions while Graduate and Faculty interlibrary borrowing are globally unrestricted. Additionally, ILL borrowing persons with no institutional affiliation is not performed by our institution. These patrons are directed to the public library for their ILL needs.

II. Overview of Needs


Collection Development efforts in subject areas are centered on the four schools of the University. Materials in all relevant formats are collected at levels of strength which are in keeping with the educational and research needs of the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing.

A. General Scope and Purpose of the Library Collections

The primary purpose of the collection and access resources of the library is to support undergraduate programs in Arts and Sciences, Education, Business and Nursing with collections and other methods of access to needed informational resources.

The secondary purpose is to support graduate education in the same ways for those departments which include a graduate component.

The tertiary purpose is to support faculty research in areas of undergraduate and graduate programs with the same resources and access mechanisms.

The quaternary purpose is the support local, regional, state and national informational needs in the disciplines for which our institution offers educational programs.

Heavier emphasis will be placed on collecting actual materials to support our primary and secondary goals and on providing access to information through electronic indexes and search services and interlibrary-loan and possible future document delivery services for the tertiary and quaternary goals.

B. Scope and Purpose of Discrete Collections Within the Library.

  1. Government Documents
  2. Insofar as it does not interfere with the requirements of a federal depository collection, the primary purpose of the U.S. and Wisconsin document collections is to complement undergraduate classroom instruction.

    The secondary purpose is to support graduate level study. The tertiary purpose is to assist with faculty research. The quaternary purpose is to meet the general government information needs of the residents of the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts of West Central Wisconsin.

    Federal and state documents are collected in a variety of formats, including print publications; microfiche; microfilm; maps; charts; posters; compact discs, bibliographic and full text; diskettes; and videos. Access to federal and state electronic bulletin boards, online and CD-ROM databases, such as the Census Bureau Bulletin board and WISPOP, complements the government information resources housed within the walls of the library.

  3. Instructional Media Center
  4. The detailed IMC Collection Development Policy can be found in Appendix Two. It will used in conjunction with the general collection development policy and the principles subscribed to there will be followed.

    The Instructional Media Center, in keeping with its mission to support the Teacher Education program at UW-Eau Claire, maintains specialized collections in K-12 Textbooks, Educational Media, Children's Books, with a focus on K-6 level with some young titles added, a professional collection dealing with all phases of elementary and secondary education, including tests purchased from commercial publishers, Curriculum guides, with State Department of Public Education being the only part of the collection in paper, Student Units, selected periodicals, ERIC in paper and on CD ROM, and a Vertical File. The IMC also houses the Media collected to support the general University curricula.

  5. Reference
  6. The Reference collection supports the quick information and research referral needs of a diverse clientele--undergraduates, graduate students, teaching faculty/administrative staff, librarians, and to a lesser extent, alumni and community members. Materials selected for the Reference Department collection must contribute the delivery of information and research resources in the academic context.

    Accordingly, most of the materials acquired support the instructional programs of the university; however, a limited number of materials related to nonacademic subjects, such as career guides, travel guides, repair manuals, etc., are also acquired. While the reference collection provides information at a minimal level on all general interest aspects of human activity, the collection is intended to complement rather than duplicate that of a public library in areas of personal need or popular interest.

  7. Reserve Collection
  8. The Reserve Collection provides limited access to materials in support of current courses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. It also houses high risk materials from the general collection and provides shorter term circulation for materials in high demand. Items purchased for the Reserve Collection reflect general collecting guidelines for the William D. McIntyre Library. In anticipation of high usage, two to five copies of a title may be purchased, subject to the approval of the Reserve Library Supervisor and the Collection Development Librarian.

  9. Special Collections\Archives
  10. Special Collections comprises the University Archives, Area Research Center, Rare Books Collection, and Local History Collection. Materials include manuscripts, books, booklets and pamphlets, photographs, maps, and audio and videotapes. Documents and other materials are collected in order to document the activities and functions of the University Community, develop a Area Research Center to document the history of the six counties of the Chippewa Valley, and maintaining a limited Rare Book Collection, largely through unsolicited donations, of materials which meet curricular needs of UW-Eau Claire or support the Area Research Center or University Archives functions or the Local History collection.

    (See Appendix Two: Library Department Statements and Policies for detailed collection statements.)

  11. Periodicals
  12. The periodicals collection includes the following sections:

    • Journals. In addition to the general selection guidelines journal subscriptions purchased and renewed shall meet the following criteria:
      • Contents analyzed in frequently consulted indexing and abstracting tools; and
      • reasonable cost per projected or actual use
    • Newspapers. In keeping with the general selection guidelines, the library shall acquire current newspapers which:
      • meet the basic informational needs of the university community; or
      • are of interest to major groups of international and ethnic students on campus.
    • Backfiles. Backfiles of journals and newspapers shall be acquired as appropriate to the collection level. Depending on availability, cost, and content of the original material, microformats shall generally be preferred for the permanent copy.

III. Statement of Collection Levels


A. General Collection

The library will strive to acquire and retain materials in support of programs offered through University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. It should be understood, however, that we maintain a working collection rather than an archival or comprehensive one. The areas in which collecting is concentrated will currently be stated in terms the schools and programs and at the levels at which those programs are currently offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Needs for faculty research and community access are served in relation to the student mission.

The collection level is herein stated in terms of a generalized subject analysis based on programs and is based on the breakdown of LC Subject classes based on the ALA Guide to Collection Development Policies. Below is a brief description of the levels. The full description can be found in Appendix Three: Collection Levels.

  • A = Comprehensive level. A collection in which a library endeavors, so far as is reasonably possible, to include all significant works of recorded knowledge.
  • B = Research level. A collection which includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research.
  • C = Study level. A collection which supports undergraduate or graduate course work, or sustained independent study; This is broken into two sub-levels:
    • (1)=Advanced study level. A collection which is adequate to support the course work of advanced undergraduate and master's degree programs.
    • (2)=Initial Study level. A collection which is adequate to support undergraduate courses.
  • D = Basic level. A highly selective collection which serves to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere.
  • E = Minimal level. A subject area in which few selections are made beyond very basic works.
  • O = Not Collected

We collect at the "C" or "Study" Level in all the areas of knowledge in which we have educational programs, and, more specifically, at the Advanced Study level for programs with Masters components and the Initial Study level for programs with undergraduate components only.

AC Collections C-2
AE Encyclopedia C-2
AG General Reference Works C-1
AI Indexes C-1
AM Museums, Collectors & Collecting E
AN Newspapers (if used by campus) D
AP Periodicals C-2
AS Societies. Academies E
AY Yearbooks. Almanacs. Directories C-2
AZ History of the Sciences in General D

Scholarship, Learning C-1
B 1-68 Philosophy: Periodicals. Societies, Congresses, etc. C-2
B 69-789 Philosophy: History and Systems, Ancient through Renaissance C-2
B 790-5739 Philosophy: History and Systems, Post-Renaissance C-2
BC Logic D
BD Speculative Philosophy C-1
BF 1-1000 Psychology C-2
BF1001-1400 Parapsychology E
BF1401-1999 Occult Sciences E
BH Aesthetics C-2
BJ 1-1800 Ethics C-2
BJ1801-2195 Social Usages, Etiquette D
BL Religions, Mythology, Rationalism C-2
BM Judaism C-2
BP Islam, Bahaism, Theosophy, etc. C-2
BQ Buddhism C-2
BR Christianity (General) C-2
BS Bible C-2
BT Doctrinal Theology C-2
BV Practical Theology C-2
BX 1-799 Eastern Christian Churches C-2
BX 800-4795 Roman Catholic Churches C-2
BX4800-9999 Protestantism C-2
C Auxiliary Sciences of History: General C-2
CB History of Civilization and Culture C-1
CC Archaeology (General) C-2
CD Diplomatics, Archives, Seals D
CE Chronology C-1
CJ Numismatics E
CN Epigraph D
CR Heraldry D
CS Genealogy D
CT Biography C-1
D 1-900 History (General) C-1
D 901-1075 History of Europe, General C-1
DA History: Great Britain C-1
DB History: Austria, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary C-1
DC History: France C-1
DD History: Germany C-1
DE History: Mediterranean Region, Greco-Roman World C-1
DF History: Greece C-1
DG History: Italy C-1
DH History: Netherlands.low countries (general & Belgium) C-1
DJ History: Netherlands(Holland) C-1
DJK History: Eastern Europe C-1
DK History: Russia, U.S.S.R C-1
DL History: Northern Europe, Scandinavia C-1
DP1-500 History: Spain C-1
DP501-900 History: Portugal C-1
D History: Sweden C-1
DR History: Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula C-1
DS 1-40 History: Asia C-1
DS41-329 History: Southwestern Asia.Ancient Orient. Near East C-1
DS330-500 History: Southern Asia. Indian Ocean C-1
DS501-935 History: Eastern Asia. Southeastern Asia Far East C-1
DT History: Africa C-1
DU History: Oceania (South Seas) C-1
DX History: Gypsies C-1
E 1-139 History of Americas: General. Indians North America C-1
E140-200 United States, Colonial, Special Topics C-1
E201-299 United States, Revolutionary Period C-1
E301-440 United States, 1790-1855 C-1
E441-655 United States, Slavery and Civil War C-1
E656-867 United States since the civil war C-1
F 1-205 State & Local History: New England, Atlantic Coast C-2
F206-475 State & Local History: South, Gulf States C-2
F476-705 State & Local History: Midwest, Mississippi Valley C-1
F721-854 State & Local History: The West C-2
F856-975 State & Local History: Pacific Coast, Alaska C-2
F1000-1170 History: British America, Canada C-1
F1201-1392 History: Mexico C-1
F1401-1419 History: Latin America, Spanish America (General) C-1
F1421-1577 History: Central America C-1
F1601-2151 History: West Indies C-1
F2155-2183 History: Caribbean Area C-1
F2201-3799 History: South America C-1
G 1-922 Geography (General) C-2
G1001-3122 Atlases C-2
G3160-9980 Maps C-2
GA 1-87 Mathematical Geography C-2
GA 100-1999 Cartography C-2
GB Physical Geography C-2
GC Oceanography D
GF Anthropogeography C-2
GN 1-296 Anthropology C-2
GN301-686 Ethnology and Ethnography C-2
GN700-875 Prehistoric Archaeology C-2
GR Folklore C-2
GT Manners and Customs (General) C-2
GV 1-200 Recreation C-2
GV201-555 Physical Training C-2
GV557-1198 Sports C-2
GV1199-1570 Games and Amusements C-2
GV1580-1799 Dancing D
GV1800-1860 Circuses, Carnivals, etc. E
H Social Sciences in general C-2
HA Statistics C-2
HB Economic Theory C-2
HC Economic History & Conditions: National Production C-2
HD 1-100 Economics: Production C-2
HD101-1395 Economics: Land C-2
HD1401-2210 Agricultural Economics D
HD2321-4730 Economics: Industry C-1
HD4801-8942 Labor D
HD9000-9999 Special Industries and Trades D
HE Transportation and Communication D
HF 1-4050 Commerce D
HF5001-6351 Business C-2
HG Finance C-2
HJ Public Finance C-2
HM Sociology: General Works, Theory C-2
HN Sociology: Social History and Conditions, etc. C-2
HQ Family, Marriage, Woman, Sexual Life C-2
HS Societies: Secret, Benevolent, etc. D
HT Communities, Classes, Races C-2
HV Social