Collection Development - International Relations

Collections LibrarianGraham Henderson (x3514)

The collection development policy for International Relations guides the development and management of International Relations materials in the Wellesley College Library. This policy is for use by the Wellesley College community and the International Relations collections librarian. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General purpose of the collection

International Relations materials in the Wellesley College Library support the International Relations curriculum. The materials provide for undergraduate study, faculty instruction, and basic faculty research.

The majors in international relations are designed to provide students with the breadth necessary for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international relations, as well as with substantive training in one of three component disciplines (economics, history, and political science). Students elect one of three tracks: International Relations-economics, International Relations-history, or International Relations-political science.

The International Relations major requires core courses in Economics, History, and Political Science, and elective courses in the Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies departments. The library's holdings in these subjects provides a base upon which the International Relations collection rests.

Description of the collection

Formats in the International Relations collection include books, periodicals, electronic resources, and video recordings. The majority of the materials are housed in Clapp Library.

1. Readership level: The International Relations collection consists primarily of works written for the basic through advanced undergraduate level and for basic faculty research. Graduate- and research-level publications are collected selectively.

2. Languages collected or excluded: English-language materials are collected almost exclusively, although the collection contains a very small number of French, German, and Italian titles.

3. Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate: No area of the world is excluded from consideration, although acquisitions are selective in the case of Africa and Oceana. Material regarding African and Oceanic countries is collected primarily by Political Science when covered as part of a broader world view, or regarding diplomacy and/or U.S. policy toward Africa and African countries. The United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia receive particular attention.

4. Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate: The collection emphasizes current material, with the primary purpose of supporting coursework, student research, and basic faculty research. Older imprints are acquired selectively, usually as replacements for classic works, or at the specific request of a student or faculty member.

5. Chronological periods covered by the collection in terms of intellectual content, movement, or schools:All chronological eras are included.

Reference: Reference material for International Relations is purchased by the International Relations collections librarian for Research and Instruction and follows the general subject parameters of the International Relations collections policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following types of material: biographies, dictionaries/thesauri/nomenclature aids, encyclopedias, style and/or literature guides, and occasional electronic search aids and directories which support curricular or related professional programs.

General subject boundaries and library locations

1. Special Subject Emphases: Traditionally, the International Relations collection has emphasized the relationships between the United States and Europe and the former Soviet Union.

2. Current Collecting Priorities: In addition to the above, the collections holdings in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East have been given priority.

3. Subjects Collected Selectively: The library collection contains fewer volumes and is increased more selectively in the following geographic areas, which are generally not covered in the International Relations curriculum: Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and the other Pacific Islands.

Related subjects and interdisciplinary relationships

Economics: The Economics collections librarian supplements the international relations collection in the area of international aid and development.

History: The History collections librarian supplements the international relations collection by selecting materials that examine historical international relations.

Middle Eastern Studies: The Middle Eastern collections librarian supplements the international relations collections in the area of Middle Eastern relations, particularly those of Arab-Israeli relations.

Political Science: The Political Science collections librarian supplements the international relations collection in the area of international governmental relations.

Sociology: The Sociology collections librarian supplements the international relations collection in the area of international human rights.

Women's Studies: The Women's Studies collections librarian selects materials pertaining to the trafficking in women and how this is addressed on an international scale.

    Types of materials

    Collected: Books, periodicals, and reference works, including encyclopedias, biographical and subject-specific dictionaries, handbooks, and almanacs.

    Collected Selectively: Conference proceedings, multi-media publications, spoken-word recordings, electronic resources, dissertations, foreign-language monographs, research-level monographs, single or discrete issues of periodicals, foreign-language periodicals, and videos and DVDs (Region 1 DVD and NTSC VHS are the preferred formats for video materials. Region 2/PAL videorecordings are acquired when this is the only format available).

    Not Collected: Textbooks, foreign-language dissertations, vanity press publications, microforms, and 16mm or 35mm films.