Collections Librarian: Colleen McGhee-French (x3596)

The collection development policy for Neuroscience guides the development and management of the neuroscience collection. This policy is for the use of the Science Librarian for Collections and the Science Library's users. The policy will be updated as needed. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General purpose of the collection

The study of Neuroscience at Wellesley College examines chemical and biological mechanisms that underlie nervous system structure and function and how neurons are assembled to produce behaviors. The Neuroscience program's multidisciplinary approach includes rigorous training in biochemical and cellular mechanisms and draws support from several areas of the curriculum, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, physics and psychology. Courses in cell biology, organic chemistry, statistics and the biology of brain and behavior are required. Elective coursework in various subjects is also suggested in fields such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, cellular physiology, memory, cognition and psychology of language. Upper-level course selection continues the blending of subject electives among courses such as animal physiology, neural development, psycholinguistics, neuropsychology, visual processing and computational neuroscience. Students planning to continue neurosciences study at the graduate level are encouraged to take additional organic chemistry and physics classes.

Published material from the major biological societies is favored and is selectively purchased to support courses currently being taught. All neuroscience materials, both general and reference collections, are housed in the Science Library, except for pre-1970 runs of selected journal titles which are housed (and are retrievable by request) at an off-site facility.

The neurosciences collection

In the same way that the major draws on a number of departments for course offerings, library support is offered by several collecting areas, especially biology, chemistry and psychology. Library resources supporting this major are assembled via collecting activities described in the following collection policies:

- Biology
- Chemistry
- Psychology
- Computer Science

    Journal literature support is provided by many titles in the Science Library collection as well as by tapping outside sources for current scientific articles via interlibrary loan or commercial suppliers.

    Current collecting interests: Selection of material at the interface of biology and physics is currently emphasized.