Collection Development Policy

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African American Studies

African American Studies    
Librarian Liaison:  Sharon Johnson
Faculty Representative:
Dwonna Goldstone

Location of Collection: Woodward Library, Level 3

Overall Collecting Level:   Desired level is C=Study

Purpose and program description:   The collection supports the African American Studies minor and The African American Cultural Center by collecting African-Centered, Pan-Africanist, interdisciplinary materials as well as materials which document and enhance the knowledge of the African and African American experience.

  • Accrediting body: N/A
  • Degrees offered/majors or areas of specialization: Minor 

Collection Development Plan

  • Targeted areas:  Africana Women's Studies; Research reports and studies focusing on Africana History, religion, sociology, politics, psychology, economics, the Arts, education

General Collection Guidelines:

Languages: English

Chronological Guidelines:  

Dates of Publication:  no limitations

Geographical Areas: Africa & United States  

Noted Publishers:  Africa World Press ; Third World Press

Review Sources: Books in Print ; Black Issues Book Review; QBR

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:   

Statement of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses:   

LC Subject Subdivisions:   

  •  Afro-Americans (E184.5-185.98)
  •  Status and development since emancipation (E185.2-185.89
  •  Biography. Genealogy (E185.96-185.98)

Related Subject Areas:    All other subject areas.  Use Afro-Americans followed by the subject in the online catalog anywhere keyword textbox:. ex: Afro-Americans -- Education

Impact of Local, Regional, or National Cooperative Programs:   

Other Considerations:  

Date Prepared: 5/2003; Last Updated 8/2013