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Department of Psychology

D. LaFond, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' acquisitions program for psychology supports faculty research, one undergraduate major in psychology, a Master of Arts degree and five graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. level: biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and social-personality psychology. The training program in clinical psychology has APA certification. The department also offers, in cooperation with the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, a two year program leading to a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: English is the major language of the collection. Titles in German and other European languages are acquired on a selective basis.

Geographical Areas: Although there is an emphasis on resources from and about North America and Europe, resources are not excluded on the basis of place of publication or population studied.

Chronological Periods: The emphasis is on current resources for instruction and research.

III. Description of Resources Collected

Types of Resources Collected: Monographs, serials and electronic full-text databases and index services form the major portion of the Library's acquisitions in support of psychology. The proceedings of major conferences are also acquired. Microform resources are purchased as appropriate, particularly as back runs of journals and as back-up copies of heavily used titles. Relevant media in a variety of formats including videocassettes and DVD's and are acquired selectively for curriculum use upon request of faculty and students. Newsletters may be acquired, but will be bound and retained on a very selective basis. Dissertations are purchased primarily as a special request. The database "Digital Dissertations" provides partial full-text for recent dissertations, increasing access to information contained in individual dissertations. General reference resources, such as bibliographies, indices, handbooks, source books, and encyclopedias are acquired by, and housed in, the Reference Department according to that department's collection policy. More specialized reference resources are acquired under the psychology policy. An emphasis has been placed upon collecting cultural and cross-cultural perspectives in psychology when available.

Types of Resources Excluded: Unless required for reserve, basic textbooks are not acquired. Article reprints or preprints are not acquired.

Interdisciplinary Factors: Though each program has a distinct body of literature, there is an important relationship between the kinds of resources required by the Department of Psychology and those of several other departments and schools, particularly the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology in the School of Education. There are faculty concentrating on social psychology within the Department of Sociology. The Department of Psychology shares with the Department of Biological Sciences studies on animal behavior and an interest in neurophysiology. Aspects of psychology are also very important for the Schools of Social Welfare and Criminal Justice, Department of Communication and the Linguistics program. The collection policy statements for these programs should be read for a full picture of the psychology resources acquired by the Library.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

These levels are clearly defined by the RLG Conspectus. Excluding foreign language definitions the ascribed levels reflect current acquisition decisions at SUNY-Albany.

Applied Psychology Research Level
Biopsychology Research Level
Child Psychology Research Level
Clinical Psychology Research Level
Developmental Psychology Research Level
Cognitive Psychology Research Level
Emotion Research Level
Experimental Psychology Intermediate Instructional Support Level
History Intermediate Instructional Support Level
Health Psychology Intermediate Instructional Support Level
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Research Level
Language Acquisition Research Level
Neuropsychology Advanced Instructional Support Level
Psychology of Women Intermediate Instructional Support Level
Physical and Psychological Disorders Research Level
Psychoanalytic Theory Research Level
Psychometric Theory Research Level
Research Methodology Research Level
Sexual Behavior, Sex Roles Intermediate Instructional Support
Social/personality Psychology Research Level
Substance Abuse/Addiction/Genetics of Alcoholism Research Level (Primarily Collected by Subject Librarian for Social Welfare)

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

The Coordinated Collection Development (CCD) program provides for resources that are too expensive to purchase through discretionary funds. Expensive titles, videos, or back runs of journals or multi-volume sets are also purchased with CCD funds.

Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, the Schools of Criminal Justice, Public Health, Social Welfare (located on SUNY's downtown and East campuses), and a variety of NY State agencies, including the NY State Office of Mental Health.

Albany Medical College Library The Herbert W. Dickerman Library, is a biomedical research library located in the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health. This library serves state employees and supports public health programs at the University at Albany. The Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College serves the information needs of the Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and their affiliated programs.

VI. Internal Notes

"PsycInfo" , the most comprehensive indexing source for Psychology has replaced "PsycLit." The "Social Services Abstracts" database also complements and adds access to resources in psychology. Resources for the study of language acquisition have been increased and will continue to be a high priority. Discretionary funds have been important to supplement approval plans for collecting cultural and cross-cultural perspectives in psychology. Though overlap of resources occurs with the School of Social Welfare (SSW), the Subject Librarian for SSW specifically acquires all resources with LC classifications of HM and HV. All resources on geriatrics are also purchased by the Subject Librarian for SSW and housed at the Dewey Library. Resources classified in the R.A.'s, and RC's generally are housed in the Science Library and are selected by the Subject Librarian for Psychology. The Subject Librarian for SSW selects these resources for the Dewey Library as appropriate. The approval plans are excellent for psychology.

Department of Psychology students are engaged in learning at the following local clinical research centers (grant supported).

Center for Applied Psychological Research - The Center for Applied Psychological Research consists of a group of psychologists who are committed to applying psychological principles to the solution of societal and organizational problems. The major purpose of the Center is to facilitate applied research and to help professionals and graduate students develop skills that are conducive to addressing applied problems.

At present, the Center has projects focusing on drunk driving, parent-teenager communication about birth control, factors influencing the occurrence of unwanted pregnancies, the prevention of heart disease, and smoking prevention. In addition, projects are being developed in the areas of child attachment and parenting orientations, nutrition education, the effects of stress on physical and mental health, the treatment of severely retarded children, prison crowding, and infertility. The Center has developed a file of large national data bases that are suitable for analysis of social problems at a national level.

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