Collection Policies

Purpose General Collecting Guidelines Collecting Codes
The purpose of the communication collection is to support faculty research and the instruction program. Instructional support is for a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a Bachelor of Science in communication. Emphasis is on the following subfields: corporate communication; general communication; interpersonal and small group communication; mass media; persuasion and critical thinking, theatre, and public relations. Instructional support is also given to graduate level courses in communication as part of the Master of Arts in Humanities degree. A Master of Arts degree is in the planning stages. In addition, the library seeks to emphasize areas which support the special research interests of the faculty. There is overlapping interest with other departments, including English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Business Administration. 

Language: English will be the primary language of the collection. Translations into English from other languages will only be selected if they are seminal works or of major importance to the profession. Generally, non-English materials will not be selected.

Chronological Guidelines: Current material will be emphasized. Classic works will be selectively acquired in order to offer historical perspective.

Geographical Guidelines: Domestic materials will be the emphasized over international coverage. International coverage will be emphasized only in those areas pertinent to the teaching and research concerns of faculty and graduate students. The most likely international coverage would be of northern Europe (Finland—management communication; Holland—organizational communication; and England—effects of mass media on culture). In the U.S. there is an emphasis on advertising.

Treatment of Subject: Materials on both the theoretical and applied approaches to the study of the field of Communication are broadly collected. Textbooks will not be purchased, with preference given instead to professional monographs emphasizing varying aspects of the discipline. However, textbooks will be considered for addition to the collection as gift items. Personal biographies that cover great communicators and their contribution will be collected. Historical accounts of the use of media and mass media in political campaigns will also be collected.

Types of Materials: Materials selected should include general monographs in all subject areas of emphasis. A core collection of scholarly journals is critical to the faculty and students. Periodical indexes and abstracts are also necessary.

Formats of Materials: Formats should include both print and electronic resources.

Date of Publication: Current materials published within the past three to five years will receive priority. In most cases older material will not be selected except to remedy weaknesses in the collection.

Other considerations:

Collecting Codes
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DIVISION: Communication DATE: 6/25/98 BIBLIOGRAPHER: McCart
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PN87-PN96 Mass Communication 3b  
PN991, TK6570 Radio 2b  
PN992.6 Television 2b  
PN1993.5 Film 2b  
PN4001 – PN4355 Persuasion & critical thinking 4  
PN4001 – PN4355 Argumentation & debate 3b  
P93 Communication analysis & criticism 3  
PN301 – PN302 Rhetorical criticism 3b  
HM132 – HM133 Interpersonal & Small Group Communication 3  
BF637 Non verbal communication 3b  
HQ503 – HQ1064 Family Communication 3b  
R118 - R727.3, RA440.55, RC266 Health Communication 2  
HD42, HM131 – HM312 Conflict Resolution 2b  
HQ801 Communication between the sexes 3  
HD30.3 Corporate Communication 3  
HD59, HM263 Public Relations 3  
HD30.3 Organizational Communication 4  
P95.3 Intercultural Communication 3  
HQ6955 Organizations and Social Influence 3  
Bibliographer: Vernon McCart