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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

M. Knee, Bibliographer

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection is intended to support teaching and research to the Ph.D. level, as well as individual faculty research projects. The department offers B.A., B.S., combined B.A./M.A., B.S./M.A., B.S./M.B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The department also offers a B.S. in actuarial science. Undergraduates are offered four options for specialization; they are: liberal arts, graduate school preparation, applied mathematics, and statistics. An honors program is available in each of these areas. There is also an interdisciplinary major with computer science. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics' areas of specialization are algebra, algebraic geometry, analysis, combinatorics, complex analysis, computational mathematics, dynamical systems, function theory, geometry, graph theory, group theory, information theory, number theory, ordinary differential equations, operator theory, probability, statistics, and topology.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: Materials are acquired primarily in English. Materials in French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Italian are acquired very selectively. Items in other languages are rarely acquired.

Geographical Areas: This is not a consideration for mathematics and statistics.

Chronological Periods: Emphasis is placed on acquiring recently published materials. However, reprints and older materials that have been digitized and made available on the Internet are also collected.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: The primary materials collected are monographs (including graduate level texts), serials, periodicals, abstracts, indexes, directories, handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, conference proceedings, tutorials, videotapes and videodiscs, electronic media, electronic databases, and Internet resources.

Types of Materials Excluded: Dissertations, documents, manuscripts, and reports are acquired only in response to specific requests. Undergraduate texts are only acquired as supplementary reserve titles.

Interdisciplinary Factors: Since there is an interdisciplinary major in computer science and applied mathematics, the collection development statement for computer science is closely related to this statement. The Department of Biometry and Statistics in the School of Public Health is the University's center for graduate work in statistics. They offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Most the materials for mathematics and statistics are classified in the Library of Congress QAs (except QA 76); some materials are classified in HA 1 - HA 20 (statistics) and T 57 (applied mathematics). The overall collection level for mathematics and statistics is at the Advanced Instructional Support Level.

The following subjects are collected at or near the Research Level: algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, combinatorics, complex analysis, differential topology, dynamical systems, function theory, functional analysis, geometric topology, geometry, graph theory, group theory, harmonic analysis, mathematical statistics, number theory, numerical analysis, operator theory, ordinary differential equations, probability, and topology.

The following subjects are collected at or near the Instructional Support Level: biography, differential equations, differential geometry, game theory, history, linear and multilinear algebra, mathematical logic, philosophy of mathematics, and puzzles and recreations.

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

The collections of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and, to a certain extent, the New York State Library (NYSL) augment the University's collections in mathematics and statistics. Since the University Libraries have only a modest number of journal subscriptions in mathematics and statistics, 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.

IV. Internal Notes

The BNA approval plan provides adequate coverage for mathematics and statistics. There are, however, several presses and associations that are not covered. Materials from these publishers are reviewed and selected by the bibliographer for mathematics and statistics. Since numerous mathematics monographs are published as parts of series, standing orders are essential. The University Libraries maintains about 70 standing orders in mathematics and statistics. The journal is the most important type of publication for mathematics and statistics. E-prints (electronic preprints) are emerging as important resources. E-print sources are generally free and are made available via the Internet Resources in Mathematics and Statistics Web page.

Collecting materials on the application of mathematics or statistics in a specific subject area is the responsibility of the bibliographer for that subject discipline.

October 2003

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