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MOFFITT REFERENCE COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

I. Objectives

The Moffitt reference collection is a non-circulating collection of approximately 2000-3000 volumes, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. The main purpose of the reference collection is to support UC Berkeley undergraduates in:

II. Primary Research, Instructional Programs, and Groups Served

III. Scope of the Collection

Humanities and social sciences: basic level. Collection is especially strong in History (including guides to or compilations of primary sources in American history), Literature, Ethnic Studies.

Subjects covered by subject specialty libraries: Minimal Level

Geographical limits: emphasis on United States. More selective for and Latin America, Western Europe, Asia, Africa.

Chronological limits: no limits, but the collection emphasizes 19th century to the present. Language: primarily English

Relationships with other units:

The Moffitt reference collection will mostly duplicate the Doe Reference collection. Users will be referred to the Doe Reference collection and subject specialty libraries as needed.

IV. Format of Materials

The Moffitt reference collection is primarily print format. Microforms and standalone CD-ROM materials are excluded. Moffitt users have access to the electronic reference resources of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries: the Doe/Moffitt CD-ROM network, the Berkeley Library Information Network, and the web-based reference sources available via the Library web site.

V. Types of Materials

VI. Acquisition of Reference Materials

Principles of selection:

If a reference work exists in electronic format, printed versions are included in the collection only if:

Consideration should also be given to the cost of the print version and the lack of available public workstations in Moffitt at any given time.

See also Doe Reference collection development policy and ACRL Guidelines for University Undergraduate Libraries at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/guidelinesuniversity.htm.

VII. Maintenance and Weeding of the Collection

The Moffitt reference collection will be weeded regularly to include only high-use materials.

Whenever possible, complete runs of serial titles will be maintained, i.e., volumes will not be split between reference and the stacks.

See also Doe Reference collection development policy.


MOFFITT REFERENCE COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Section A:

The following types of materials were not included in the recommendations for the establishment of the Moffitt reference collection, January 2002. The Moffitt reference selector may wish to review these decisions after the collection has been in use for a year. It should be noted that the ACRL Guidelines for University Undergraduate Libraries specifically mentions information of personal interest to students.

Re: Compilations of pro & con materials: Social Sciences Council members noted (8/16/01) that they still receive this sort of question. Social Welfare library buys the Controversial Issues series. Other members recommended Current Issues Sourcefile and PolicyFile for pro & con materials. The Moffitt reference selector may wish to review the situation after the collection has been in use.

The following titles were recommended for the collection despite the expected acquisition of an electronic version. It was felt that the materials were in high demand and warranted inclusion until such time as the electronic version could be acquired and evaluated. These are duplicate sets that were previously housed in Moffitt reference before the collection was disbanded. The Moffitt reference selector may wish to review this decision after weighing the usability of the electronic version versus that of the print version.

The following titles were recommended for the collection despite the existence of electronic versions, due to their extreme high use and the fact that they are frequently used for quick lookups:

Section B
Groups consulted:

Other work:

The Career Counseling Center Library list of career web sites was checked against the Jobs & Career sites listed on the Library web site and links were recommended to be added to the Library web site.


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