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Agriculture Collection Development Policy

Agriculture Department
Library Liaison: Elaine Berg
Faculty Representative: Dr. Donald Sudbrink

Location of Collection: Woodward Library, Level 3

Overall Collecting Level: Desired level is C=Study

Purpose and program description: To provide students with adequate access to basic skills and principles for the development of the intellectual maturity and insight needed to adapt to a wide range of rapidly changing agricultural professions. There are three concentrations from which to choose: Agri-business, Agri-Science, or Agri-communications.

  • Accrediting body: N/A
  • Degrees offered/majors or areas of specialization: B.S.

Collection Development Plan

Targeted areas: None. Allocation is equally distributed to all disciplines in Ag; Geosciences

General Collection Guidelines:

Languages: English

Chronological Guidelines: C=1961 - present

Dates of Publication: 2009 - present

Geographical Areas: World; United States for gardens,landscape, forestry, animal culture hunting. All others are U=United States.

Noted Publishers: Science Publishers (USA) ; Wiley ; CABI

Review Sources: Books in Print

Material Formats Collected: monographs and videos

Material Formats Excluded: workbooks, textbooks, review copies, computer software, instructional software, books on CD or tape (library storage/operational constraints)

Other General Considerations: Animal welfare and rights, Genetic engineering, Pesticides and EPA regulations, New technologies

Statement of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses: Collection is at the desired level for Economic botany, Horticulture and Horses. All others need be to raised at least one level to basic or study.

LC Subject Subdivisions: (S=General agriculture; SB=Plant culture; SD=Forestry; SF=animal culture; SH=Aquaculture; SK= Hunting sports)

  • General Agriculture (S1-559)
  • Farm Management, Farm Economics (S560-572)
  • Agricultural Chemistry and Physics (S583-589.6)
  • Soils, Soil Conservation(S590-627)
  • Fertilizers Soil Improvement (S631-667)
  • Conservation of Natural Resources (S900-954)
  • General Plant Culture (SB1-106)
  • Economy Botany (SB107-112)
  • Field Crops (SB 183-317)
  • Gardens and Gardening, Landscape Gardening (SB450.9-480)
  • Forestry (SD1-668)
  • General Animal Culture (SF1-90)
  • Breeds and Breeding, Exhibitions, Stockshows (SF105-121)
  • Insects (SF518-562)
  • Veterinary Medicine (SF600-1100)
  • Aquaculture (SH1-691)
  • Hunting, Wildlife Management (SK1-579)

Related Subject Areas: There are additional courses in marketing, management, economics, accounting, journalism, broadcasting, photography.

Impact of Local, Regional, or National Cooperative Programs: Agriculture Department serves as a source of information to local citizens and government agencies, provides help to agricultural youth organizations, helps with area live-stock shows, and operates a 475-acre Environmental Education Center.

Other Considerations: N/A

Date Prepared: 9/2003; Last Updated: 8/2013