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Collection Development Policy - Tyndale Education Library

SUBJECT LIBRARIAN:             Mark Mueller, BA, MLIS

DISCIPLINE:                           Education

DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINE:    Education is an applied field that examines issues of teaching, learning, curriculum,
                                            evaluation, ethics and policy in real world settings. Scholars in education often
                                            incorporate and use theoretical frameworks developed in other disciplines – thus
                                            giving the discipline an interdisciplinary feel.

DATE:                                   July 30, 2008

OBJECTIVE:                           The objective of the collection is to support the practice of teaching, studying and
                                            researching for a 12 month Bachelor of Education program: Kindergarten to Grade 10.

LANGUAGES:                         English language materials are collected and given emphasis. Some materials in
                                            French will be purchased to support the teaching and practice of French as Second
                                            Language. Other foreign language materials – particularly children’s literature - may
                                            be considered to support cultural awareness.

CURRENCY & DATE OF            Works with a focus on the 21st century will be emphasized and given priority.
PUBLICATION:                        Works published in the late 20th century and/or earlier will be considered and/or
                                             sought out, as needed, and/or upon request.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE:    Priority will be given to materials with a North American focus and the occasional
                                             item published in the European Union and developing countries.

FORMATS INCLUDED:              Books, manipulatives, pictures, DVD’s, CD’s, videos, kits, board games, computer
                                             software, puppets, periodicals, electronic databases, activity files, government
                                             documents, maps, posters, teaching charts

FORMATS EXCLUDED:              Unpublished theses; textbooks and materials for Grades 11 & 12 as well as adult
                                              education; consumable materials; limited editions; works by “vanity publishers”;
                                              reprints and partial contents (i.e. single issues of journals, electronic versions of
                                              single chapters of books, etc.).
 

Duplicate Copies:
 
Normally, only one copy of a book is purchased and a second may be accepted as a gift. Some duplicates will be kept in the reference collection as determined by the policies for that collection. All purchased duplicates will become part of the library's permanent collection until removed under the weeding policy.
 
Because this policy on duplicates is fairly restrictive in practice, yet the needs remain high, the library has attempted to compensate by retaining the right to limit loan quantities and loan lengths; providing a class reserve service; and offering a personal reserve service in which users may request an unavailable item and will be notified when it becomes available and is being held for their use.
 
Normally, duplicate copies held in either the Horsey Library or Education Library will not be purchased for the other library. When an item is in high demand at both locations, the Library Director will determine whether an additional copy should be purchased, whether the item location should be changed to the other library, or if an electronic copy should be acquired.

PUBLISHERS:                            For printed materials, Christian, scholarly and academic publishers are
                                                emphasized. For all other materials, the Trillium list as well as textbook lists from
                                                local school boards will be taken into very serious consideration.

COLLECTION PRIORITIES:           A = Highest emphasis. Materials that include major published materials required
                                                 to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by
                                                 the Department of Education at Tyndale University College & Seminary.

                                                 B = Secondary emphasis. Materials that complement the discipline as a whole,
                                                 although it may not be a primary focus for the courses.

                                                 C = Selective emphasis. Materials, including reference as well as basic journals
                                                 and indexes, collected to introduce and define an area of study.

1. Comprehensive Level
 
A collection in which the library endeavours, so far as reasonably possible, to include all significant works of recorded knowledge for a defined field. This would include materials in all languages from all locales world-wide and in all formats, including manuscripts, popular materials, ephemera, etc. The Tyndale library collects no subjects at this level.
 
2. Research Level
 
A collection that includes the major published source materials required for dissertation and independent research, including materials containing research reporting, new findings, and other information useful to researchers. It is intended to include all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs, as well as a very extensive collection of journals and major indexing and abstracting services in the field. Pertinent foreign language materials are included. Older material is usually retained for historical research and actively preserved. A collection at this level supports doctoral and other original research.
 
3A. Advanced Study Level
 
A collection that is adequate to support the course work of advanced undergraduate and master's degree programs, or sustained independent study; that is, which is adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalised purposes of less than research intensity.  It includes a wide range of basic monographs both current and retrospective, complete collections of the works of the more important writers, selections from the works of the secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject.
 
3B. Intermediate Study Level
 
A collection that is adequate to support undergraduate courses and graduate survey courses in the defined field. It includes a judicious selection from currently published monographs supported by seminal retrospective monographs; a broad selection of works of more important writers; a selection of the most significant works of secondary writers; a selection of the major review journals; and current editions of the most significant reference tools and bibliographies pertaining to the subject.
 
3C.  Initial Study Level
 
A collection suitable for supporting introductory graduate or undergraduate courses where required library use is minimal. It includes a selection of the major reference works, bibliographies, and periodicals of the field; but monographs are primarily selected by faculty to support their unique curricular emphasis rather than to systematically cover the literature of the field.
 
 4.  Reference Level
 
A highly selective informational level, not satisfactory to support courses, but serving to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. It includes selected dictionaries and encyclopaedias, selected editions of important works, historical surveys, important bibliographies, and a few major periodicals in the field.
 
Most of these subjects do not formally appear in the regular curriculum but they do support aspects of the curriculum and are often intertwined with theological issues and ministry concerns addressed in the curriculum. Emphasis will be given to materials readable by non-specialists.
 
5.  Minimal Level
 
A subject area in which few selections are made beyond very basic works. Works relating these areas to Christian thought will be emphasised.

SUBJECTS COLLECTED                                                             CLASSIFICATION COLLECTING POLICY
1.    History of Education                                                                                  3A
      (Canada)                               
      (Elementary-Primary)                           

2.    Theory and Practice                                                                                  3A
       (Systems of Individual Educators & Writers)
       (Teaching)
       (Reading)
       (Educational Psychology)
       (Child Study)
       (Kindergarten)
       (Primary Education)
       (Elementary and Public Schools)
       (Secondary and High Schools)
       (Teacher Training)
       (Curriculum)
       (School Administration & Organization)
       (Teaching Personnel)
       (Classroom Management & Discipline)
       (Textbooks)
       (Educational Tests and Measurements)
       (Student Life and Youth Culture)

3.    Special Aspects of Education                                                                     3A
       (Forms of Education)
       (Social Aspects of Education)
       (Economic Aspects of Education)
       (Democratic Aspects of Education)
       (Education and Policy)
       (Sociology of Education)
       (Attendance)
       (Literacy and Illiteracy)
       (Moral Education and Character Building)
       (Religion and Education)
       (Education and Technology)
       (Inclusive Education)
       (Education of Distinct Groups of People)

4.    Individual Countries                                                                                  3A
       (Canada)                               

5.    Textbooks                                                                                                  3B

6.    Juvenile Literature                           
       (Primary)                                                                                                    3B
       (Junior)                                                                                                      3B
       (Intermediate)                                                                                            3C

7.    Additional subject areas, when they relate to education would be:
       Psychology (child development, cognition, motivation, emotion)                    3B
       Sociology                                                                                                    3B
       French                                                                                                        3B
       Health and Physical Education                                                                      3B
       Musical Instruction                                                                                      3B
       Visual Arts                                                                                                  3B
       Language and Literacy                                                                                 3B
       Science                                                                                                       3B
       Mathematics                                                                                               3B
       History                                                                                                       3B
       Geography                                                                                                  3B
       Technology                                                                                                 3B
       English as a Second Language                                                                      3B
       Religion                                                                                                      3B