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School of Information Science and Policy

D. Bernnard, Bibliographer

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection in information science is intended to support the School of Information Science & Policy's Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), its Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Science & Policy, an undergraduate program in Information Science, and the research needs of its faculty. The school's faculty research and teaching strengths include: abstracting and indexing, acquisition of library materials, administration of libraries and information agencies, archives and records management, cataloging and classification, children's and young adult literature, cognitive science, information policy, information storage and retrieval, micrographics, online searching, publishing, reference services and research methods. A specialization in School Library Media is offered within the MSIS program.

The collection also provides support to the interdisciplinary Doctoral program in Information Science. Faculty for the Ph.D. program are drawn from the Schools of Business, and Information Science & Policy, and the Departments of Communication, Computer Science, Geography and Planning, and Public Administration and Policy. Collection support for the Ph.D. comes from several subject areas, including: business, computer science, communications, geography and planning, information science, and public administration and policy.

The Ph.D. program and faculty strengths are: information management, information theory, information organization, and information policy. Advanced specializations are offered in expert and knowledge-systems; organization of knowledge records and organizational studies.

The collection also provides working tools and research support for the faculty of the University Libraries.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: The collection is primarily English language. Due to budgetary constraints and curricular emphases, few foreign language materials are acquired.

Geographical Areas: Materials are selected for the collection based on content and relevance to the academic programs, irrespective of geographical origin. Due to publishing output, relevance to the curriculum, and the emphasis on English language materials, the majority of the collection is made up of U.S. and British imprints.

Chronological Periods: Primarily 20th and 21st century materials.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: Books and journals, including conference proceedings, comprise the bulk of the collection. Selected dissertations and research reports are included.

Types of Materials Excluded: Textbooks, with some exceptions (classics in the field).

Multiple copies of instructional materials, such as cataloging manuals, LCSH, Dewey Decimal schedules, are the responsibility of the School. At least one copy of the latest edition of these sources is purchased for the library's collection.

Interdisciplinary Factors: Information science is an interdisciplinary field and requires resources from several related subject areas. Bibliographers for subjects such as education, public policy, and computer science, cooperate with the Information Science Bibliographer to minimize duplication while ensuring an appropriate collection.

Budgetary Factors: The dramatically increasing prices of library materials, especially journals, along with a shrinking acquisitions budget, adversely affect the collection of information science materials. Several newer journal titles that should be added to the collection have not been ordered due to budgetary constraints.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Bookselling and Publishing
Instructional Support, Advanced
Copyright and Censorship
Instructional Support, Advanced
Library Science
Information Science
Research Level
History of Libraries and Librarians
Instructional Support, Advanced
General Bibliography
Books for Children and Young Adults
Research Level
Information Resources
Instructional Support, Advanced

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

The information science collection at the University at Albany is a strong collection, built over a long period. The only other SUNY unit offering Library/Information Science is the University at Buffalo. The collection at Buffalo is less comprehensive than Albany's and is less rich in journal holdings. The New York State Library has a good library science collection, especially rich in older materials.

VI. Internal Notes

Standing orders are of great importance to the maintenance of the monographic collection for information science. The Blackwell approval plan is useful for ensuring the collection of appropriate titles, but firm orders are relied on to supplement the approval plan.

December 2003

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