Collections Librarian: Brooke Henderson (x3258)

The collection development policy for Italian Studies guides the development and management of material related to Italian studies in the Wellesley College Library. This policy is for the use of the Italian Studies collections librarian as well as for members of the College community. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

The Italian Studies collection reflects the interests and curriculum of the Department of Italian Studies and supports the present and anticipated instructional and basic research needs of the Wellesley College undergraduates, staff, and faculty.

The Italian Studies collection consists of materials related to Italian language, literature, history, politics, culture, and film. The literature and film collections include primary source materials and a large body of supporting critical material. The Italian Studies Department focuses chiefly on modern Italian culture as well as Dante studies, the Italian lyric and narrative traditions, theatre of Renaissance Italy, Italian cinema, the Italian South, and the unification of Italy. A common thread running through all subject areas at Wellesley College is an emphasis on the contributions and roles of women. In the Italian Studies Department, courses are taught on Italian women in twentieth century politics, literature, and the arts, particularly in Italian cinema.

The Department of Italian Studies offers both a major and minor in Italian Studies. Italian language courses are provided at the elementary and intermediate levels. Most courses are conducted in Italian.

Formats in the Italian Studies collection include books, periodicals, electronic resources, and video recordings. The majority of these circulate to students, faculty, and staff.

Readership level: The Italian Studies collection includes works written for advanced undergraduate level and for basic faculty research; masters-level and research-level publications are collected selectively.

Languages collected (primary and selective) or excluded: Italian literature is collected in Italian and, whenever available, English translation. Italian film is collected either in Italian-only or in Italian with English subtitles. Criticism and theory is collected primarily in English, but Italian language material is acquired selectively upon faculty request.

Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate: The entire Italian peninsula, Sicily, and Sardinia. Major publishers are in Italy, the United States, and Great Britain.

Chronological periods covered by the collection in terms of intellectual content, movements or schools, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate: There are no strict chronological limitations in the selection of Italian language and literature materials.

Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates: Current material is collected primarily. Earlier material is purchased to fill in a series gap, to replace a significant work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.

Reference: The reference collection for Italian Studies follows the general subject parameters of the circulating collection, providing resources on Italian literature, history, politics, culture and film, and for the study of Italian language. The collection includes, but is not limited to, encyclopedias, biographical and subject-specific dictionaries, foreign-language dictionaries, research guides and bibliographies, and indexing and abstracting databases for periodical articles and other writings. Reference works may be acquired in print or online, with online generally preferred when available. English is the preferred language, except for dictionaries and other materials in support of Italian language studies. Italian reference materials in the Italian language are collected selectively. Reference materials are selected by the Research and Instruction Group librarian for Italian Studies, who may collaborate with the collections librarian.

Italian Studies materials are chiefly housed in Clapp Library, except materials related to the visual arts, which reside in the Art Library and those that relate to Music, which reside in the Music Library. The general scope of the collection in Clapp Library is primarily determined by Library of Congress call numbers PC1001-PC1977 (Italian language), PQ4001-PQ5999 (Italian literature), DG401-DG999 (Italian history), and PN1997 (Italian cinema, feature films, and related works).

The Knapp Media and Technology Center includes language lab facilities and instructional materials for the study of the Russian language.

In addition to supporting the programs of the Italian Studies Department, the collection also serves as a resource for undergraduate students and faculty in other areas and disciplines, and the collections librarian as appropriate may consult with other subject selectors. Some Italian Studies courses are options in various interdisciplinary studies concentrations and programs as well.

The selector for Italian Studies consults with selectors in several other subject areas:

Art: The Art Librarian has primary responsibility for selecting works on Italian art and architecture.

Cinema and Media Studies: The Italian Studies and CAMS collections librarians may collaborate on Italian film and material that deals with Italian cinema.

Classical Studies: The Classical Studies and Italian Studies selectors may collaborate on works related to the history and culture of early Rome and its eventual predominance and influence on the ancient world.

History: The Italian Studies and History collections librarians collaborate on works related to Italian history.

Jewish Studies: the Italian Studies and Jewish Studies collections librarians may collaborate on works that deal with Italian-Jewish identity.

Medieval/Renaissance Studies: The Italian Studies and Medieval/Renaissance Studies selectors collaborate on material related to medieval and Renaissance Italy.

Music: the Music Librarian has primary responsibility for selecting materials on Italian music, composers, and musicians.

Theatre: The Italian Studies and Theatre collections librarians may collaborate on works relating to Italian theatre in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Women's & Gender Studies: The Women's Studies and Italian Studies collections librarians may collaborate on works dealing with Italian women, specifically in the arena of film.

    Collected: Books; periodicals; videorecordings; reference materials, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, biographical dictionaries, atlases, companions, concordances, and indices.

    Collected Selectively: Electronic resources, newspapers, proceedings, and multimedia.

    Not Collected: Government documents, textbooks, juvenile literature, dissertations and theses.