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Research Guides

Collection Guidelines: Library & Information Science: Scope

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Library and Information Science collection of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).


a. Chronological

The collection concentrates on materials addressing current developments in librarianship and information science.  Holdings pertaining to historical aspects of the field cover libraries in ancient civilizations, in Europe, and in the United States through World War II.

b. Geographical

Primary emphasis is on librarianship in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles with secondary concern for major developments in international librarianship in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

c. Language

Both primary and secondary works are in English or English translations. French, German and other European and Latin American language materials are collected selectively.

d. Format

The collection includes conference reports, microforms, monographs and sets, reference works, serials, and reprints selected for instructional purposes.

e. Exclusions

Textbooks and manuals used in course work are not included in the collection; nor are ephemera, i.e. acquisitions lists, brochures, pamphlets, or interim reports of library associations.