Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY STATEMENT
MATHEMATICS/STATISTICS
 
Purpose
General Collecting Guidelines
Collecting Codes

PURPOSE

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a program of study consisting of four optional tracks, each of which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers or Mathematics/Computer Science for Secondary School Teachers. Students may pursue a minor in mathematics with an emphasis in applied mathematics or an emphasis in statistics. The masterís and doctoral programs in computational and applied mathematics offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offer an option in either applied mathematics or statistics.

The purpose of the collection in the area of Mathematics and Statistics is to support teaching and research through the doctoral level in the following fields: applied mathematics. statistics, probability. numerical analysis, scientific computing. mathematical logic, algebra. machine theory, game theory. geometry, topology, and analytic mechanics. Recognition must be accorded to the fact that ODU is one of the few American institutions offering a post-graduate level program in applied mathematics and that, therefore, ODU will likely be looked upon as a national resource in this area. Recognition must also be given to the fact that there are a large number of graduate and post-graduate degrees offered by ODU in math-oriented fields (physics, chemistry, and engineering) as well as in such areas as oceanography, biology, biomedical sciences, ecological sciences, health sciences, economics, and accounting.
 

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

Languages: English will be the primary language of collection, but materials in other languages will be collected when the works in question are deemed of importance to the discipline. Good mathematics is written worldwide so the collection should mirror the international character of mathematics research.

Chronologica1 guidelines: No limitations. Materials relevant to the study of the progression of mathematics from its ancient beginnings to the present will be collected.

Geographica1 guidelines: No limitations. As with languages, the collection should mirror the international character of mathematics research.

Treatment of subject: A broad based collection illustrating all of the concepts of mathematics will be collected with especial emphasis on those areas with practical (as opposed to purely theoretical) application. Works that are ostensibly classified under other subjects with heavy mathematical content will be especially significant for the applied mathematics focus at Old Dominion University.

Types of materials: Books, journals, conference proceedings, dissertations, working papers, and technical reports make up the standard monographic and serial publications for the field of mathematics/statistics. Supplementing standard monographic and serial publications will be the following: encyclopedias and dictionaries of mathematics. reports of mathematical institutes. proceedings and transactions of mathematical congresses and conferences, symposia. working papers, directories of mathematicians, indices, abstracts. and bibliographies. Publications in non-paper formats (e.g. microform. electronic. etc.) will be considered using the same criteria as is used for publications in paper formats.

Date of publication: Emphasis will be on current publications except when the budget allows otherwise. However, as mathematicians often like to browse older literature, retrospective purchasing will not be considered solely as a frivolous luxury.

Other General Considerations:

As applied mathematics is the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of nonmathematical problems originating in math-oriented fields (physics, chemistry, and engineering) as well as in such areas as geology, oceanography, meteorology, biology, ecology, environmental health, economics, actuarial science, business (operations and market research). banking, medicine, computer science, and education, all of the collection development policy statements in the hard sciences, the social sciences, computer sciences, engineering, business, and education are related. The desire and ability to use mathematics to cut across various disciplines is the unique characteristic of an applied mathematician. Mathematical modeling and solving of societal and scientific problems are the two major emphases for applied mathematicians which prevent the discipline from becoming irreversibly specialized.
Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes
 
LC C LAS S SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS COLL. CODE COMMENTS
QA1-939 Mathematics.   See below.
QA9-10.3 Mathematical logic. 4 Of interest to scholars in philosophy and computer science. Research level.
QA75.5-76.95 Computer science. 

Electronic data processing.

n/a See collection development policy for Computer Science. Recognition should be given to the Math/Comp.Sci for High School. Teachers' undergraduate track offered by this department.
QA101-141.8 Elementary mathematics. 

Arithmetic.

3b Of interest to scholars in education. Advanced instructional and study support will be given. This will be the primary focus for elementary and secondary math teachers .
QA150-272 Algebra. Including machine theory, game theory. 4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences. Research level.
QA273-274.76 Probabilities. 4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences. Research level.
QA276-230 Mathematical statistics. 4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences. Research level.
QA297-299.4 Numerical analysis . 

4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences, incl. . engineering. Given an increase in funding. the collecting level should be research level to comprehensive (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the applied math focus at ODU.
QA299.6-433 Analysis: Including analytical methods connected with physical problems. 

4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences. incl. engineering. Given an increase in funding. the collecting level should be comprehensive level (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the applied math focus at ODU .
QA440-699 Geometry 

4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences, incl. engineering. Given an increase in funding, the collecting level should be research level to comprehensive (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the applied math focus at ODU.
QA611-614.97 Geometry. Topology. 

4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences, incl. engineering. Given an increase in funding, the collecting level should be research level to comprehensive (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the applied math focus at ODU.
QA 601-939 Analytic mechanics 4 Of interest to most scholars in the hard and soft sciences, incl. engineering . Given an increase in funding, the collecting level should be comprehensive level (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the applied math focus at ODU.
 

DATE: 21 Feb. 1995
BIBLIOGRAPHER: Ed Summers