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Geological Sciences

S. Kaczor, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection of geological sciences materials is intended to support the programs in geological sciences of the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department in teaching and research to the Ph.D. level, as well as individual faculty research efforts. An undergraduate degree is offered as well as graduate training leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This training is in two general areas of geological science: Tectonics/Structural geology, and Environmental Geochemistry/Geochemistry.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: The primary language in which materials are collected is English, but publications whose subject emphasis is within the scope of the Department's research and curriculum will be selectively acquired regardless of language.

Geographical Areas: The major world regions being studied for which library materials are collected include: North America, the Caribbean region, Mexico, China, the Himalayan region, Western and Central Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean region, including Turkey and Iran. Materials on other geographical areas are also acquired at the discretion of the subject librarian in support of departmental subject emphasis.

Chronological Periods: All periods of geologic history are covered, as appropriate. The collecting emphasis is on recently published materials with selective retrospective acquisitions.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: The major types of publications acquired are serials, monographs, government documents, technical reports, proceedings and conference publications. Maps, charts, atlases, translations, treatises and guidebooks are added to the collection on a selective basis. Primary reference sources in the form of abstracting and indexing tools in electronic format, directories, handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias are collected.

Dissertations, newsletters and upper division or graduate texts are purchased selectively.

Materials are acquired in a variety of formats depending on their availability and suitability.

Types of Materials Excluded: Undergraduate texts and laboratory manuals are not collected except for course reserve purposes.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Materials are acquired at the Advanced Study or Instructional Support Level for dynamic and structural geology, mineralogy and stratigraphy. Materials are acquired at the Basic Study or Instructional Support Level for geochemistry, general geology and regional geology of New York and New England.

Materials are acquired at the Basic Information Level, Advanced for mathematical geology.

Materials are acquired at the Basic Information Level, Introductory for seismology, sedimentology and petrology.

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

The New York State Library has a strong collection in geology. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute also has some resources. The New York State Geological Survey has a small library with strengths in USGS Technical Reports and Open File Reports.

VI. Internal Notes

In geology, research is supported in large part by a relatively strong collection of periodical titles. The majority of other materials is acquired on standing order from various geological agencies and by direct deposit from GPO, or are firm orders. A new B.S. in Environmental Science has been developed, and research continues with Atmospheric Scientists, as well as Biologists.

December 2003

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