Collection Policies


General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

The International Maritime, Ports, and Logistics Management Institute program began fall semester of 1994 on the graduate level. The Institute was designed with the local maritime and public administration community in order to draw resources and technical assistance from local experts and to contribute to regional port programs, development, and needs. It provides educational and research services on both a credit and non-credit basis. The program attracts students from the local area and from military and international markets as well. Graduates earn an MBA degree with a specialization in ports and logistics management. The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the areas of port economics, port management, logistics management and related professions. The Institute also offers professional seminars, workshops, and short courses to practitioners in the field.


Language: The primary language of the collection is English. Despite the international emphasis of the program, English materials will continue to have primary significance in selection for several reasons:

Chronological Guidelines: The primary emphasis of the curriculum is on current professional concerns, and therefore selection will concentrate on currently published materials.

Geographical Guidelines: Selection will not be limited to particular geographical areas, but there is a special emphasis on collecting all relevant local and regional material. Every effort should be made to acquire all local and regional resources for this program.

Treatment of Subject: Current practices in port and logistics management are of primary collecting importance. Shipping and port history will not be selected beyond basic materials. Works on current practice and applications, legal works, and statistical works will be emphasized.

Types of Materials: The collection should contain a broad range of monographs, primarily professional journals, a selection of research journals, professional conference proceedings, and other research as available.

Date of Publication: Selection emphasis is on currently published materials.

The library currently has an initial study level collection. It holds both current and retrospective monographs covering transportation logistics, ports, shipping, coastal information, and maritime issues which would support an adequate undergraduate program. Monographs have been selected and ordered to raise this level to "Advanced Study Level," which should provide adequate support for the course work of advanced undergraduate and master's degree programs or sustained independent study. The library's journal collection in this area is extremely selective; in order to support the Advanced Study Level adequately, journals should be added and the currently separate journal collections (in the Institute and in the library) should probably be consolidated.

 The objective of collecting in Ports Management is to reach the Advanced Study Level. This level should include a wide range of monographs by primary authors and a representative range of monographs by secondary authors, a reasonable collection of current journals, and a collection of conference proceedings of use to professionals in the field. Since publishing in this field is relatively limited, the library should be able to strengthen its collections significantly over time. The library will also concentrate on acquiring access to both electronic and other reference sources appropriate to the field and on developing access to sources available only in other libraries or institutions.

Primary areas of concentration:

HD38.5 Business logistics Initial study level  
HE380.3-971 Ships, shipping, harbors, merchant marine, merchant ships, freight and freightage, freight forwarders Initial study level Desired level: 

Advanced study level

HF5761-5780 Shipment of goods Initial study level  
JX4408-4449 Maritime law Initial study level Desired level: 

Advanced study level

TA212 Containerization Initial study level  
TC200-365 Harbor engineering, marine terminals Initial study level Desired level: 

Advanced study level

VK321-369 Navigation Initial study level Desired level: 

Advanced study level

VM Shipbuilding, shipyards Basic information level  

October 14, 1996; revised May 19, 1998
Ann Pettingill