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Chemistry Department

Michael Knee, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection of materials in chemistry is intended to support the teaching and research of the Department of Chemistry to the Ph.D. level, as well as the efforts of the Institute of Biomolecular Stereodynamics and the Center for Biochemistry and Biophysics. The Department offers B.A., B.S., combined B.S./M.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The research interests of the Department of Chemistry faculty include biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science, medicinal chemistry, and organic chemistry.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: Primary emphasis is placed on the collecting of English language materials. Materials in other languages are rarely acquired.

Geographical Areas: This is not a consideration for chemistry.

Chronological Periods: The field of chemistry relies heavily on primary materials which report current research efforts. Priority is given to materials published within the most recent ten years.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: The major types of publications collected are monographs, series, periodicals, reviews, conference proceedings, treatises, indexes, abstracts, handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, videotapes and videodiscs, electronic media, electronic databases, and Internet resources. Government publications, theses, dissertations, and technical reports are acquired very selectively.

Types of Materials Excluded: Patents, specifications and standards, reprints and preprints on paper, and newsletters are not collected. Undergraduate textbooks and laboratory manuals are not usually acquired, except for course reserve purposes. Graduate-level textbooks are acquired selectively.

Interdisciplinary Factors: There is an interdisciplinary relationship between chemistry and physics for the study of subjects like materials science, nanosciences, macromolecular science, crystallography, and physical chemistry/chemical physics. Several faculty member have appointments in both the Department of Chemistry and the School of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. A relationship between chemistry and biology exists in the study of biological macromolecules and other biological substances. There is also an interdisciplinary association between chemistry and atmospheric science in the study of the chemistry of the atmosphere. Therefore, the collection development statements for physics, biology, and atmospheric science are related to this policy.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Most of the materials for chemistry are classified in the Library of Congress classes QD (chemistry); QC 450-467 (spectroscopy); QP 501-981 (biochemistry); RS 160-185 & RS 400s (pharmaceutical & medicinal chemistry); and TPs (chemical technology). The overall collection level for chemistry is at the Advanced Study Support Level.

The following subjects are collected at or near the Research Level: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical chemistry, and phytochemistry.

The following subjects are collected at or near the Instructional Support Level: medicinal chemistry, polymer chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

The following subjects are collected at the Basic Information Level: history, biography, and alchemy.

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

The collections of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the New York State Library (NYSL) augment the University's collection in chemistry. The University Library depends on RPI and NYSL for approved standards, specifications, methods, and practice from organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The University Library relies on NYSL for U.S. and foreign patents as well as National Technical Information Service (NTIS) reports. Since the University Libraries have only a modest number of journal subscriptions in chemistry, we must rely on interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery services to obtain requested articles. We also rely on ILL and direct borrowing to obtain books and other research materials. Locally, this includes RPI; in New York, the other SUNY University Centers; and nationally, other research libraries.

VI. Internal Notes

The journal is the most important type of publication for chemistry. There is no approval plan for chemistry monographs. The University Libraries maintain about 100 standing orders in chemistry which are necessary to assure the receipt of certain publications and to strengthen the monographic collection. Monographs not received on standing order are selected by the Chemistry Subject Librarian. Some of the materials in support of interdisciplinary research in biochemistry are selected by the Biological Sciences Subject Librarian. Some of the materials in support of interdisciplinary research in physics are selected by the Physics Subject Librarian.

October 2003

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