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III. Policies: APS

  • Subject name: Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
  • Subject abbreviations: APS
  • Bibliographer: Jack Maness
  • Other subject responsibilities: Engineering, Physics
  • Address: 184 UCB, Engineering Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4545
  • Email: Jack.Maness@colorado.edu

This fund supports the curriculum and research needs for both the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

A.    Curricular emphasis:
The Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department provides curricula and degrees in the study of observational and theoretical astronomy as well as instrumentation.


B.    Research emphasis:
The Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department houses both astrophysicists and planetary scientists. The Department has distinguished itself in the area of space-based astronomy. Most of the faculty conduct their research at one of three institutions: CASA, JILA, and LASP.


C.   Level of Degrees granted:
APS Department offers the BA, MS, and PhD degrees.


D.   Special Studies Programs:
Undergraduates are offered two tracksÑthe General Astronomy track and the Astrophysics/Physics track. Graduate students specialize in areas of astrophysics or planetary science.


E.    Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geological Sciences, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Applied Mathematics.


F.    Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), JILA, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Center for Integrated Plasma Studies (CIPS), Center for Astrobiology.


G.   Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Affiliated institutions and organizations such as NCAR, NIST, NOAA, Ball Aerospace. The general scientific community and educators.


H.   Other Considerations:
Requests for purchases from affiliated faculties and institutes are given equal consideration.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A.    Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan from Blackwell-North American is the primary source for books. Special orders for faculty and student requests as well as other materials. Gifts-in-kind are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B.    Languages:
Primarily English. Original language for important source materials.


C.   Chronological Guidelines:
Primarily current materials. All periods of subject history collected.


D.   Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily American or European. However, any location where research is or has been conducted is considered important.


E.    Treatment of Subject:
Textbooks not usually purchased except to keep a representative collection. Popular works purchased only if considered of quality. Concentration on upper division, research, and society publications. Atlases, biographies, and subject history also important.


F.    Types of Materials:
Reference materials, books, conference proceedings, directories. Dissertations from other locations only selectively. Atlases and tables important. Periodicals (print and/or electronic) and electronic indexes considered basic for discipline.


G.   Date of Publication:
Mostly current materials. Some source or historical materials as needed.


H.   Other General Considerations:
Most of these materials are housed in the Lester Library for Mathematics and Physics. Older and seldom used materials may be in off-site storage (PASCAL) as well as older journals and those journals now on-line. Many electronic holdings are consortial. Government documents pertaining to this subject are housed in the Government Publications Department.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
Below is a very general outline of the LC class for Astronomy

QB1 Periodicals

QB3 Collected works

QB6 Star catalogs

QB15 History

QB54 Extraterrestrial life

QB61 Study and teaching

QB63-68 Atlases

QB70-84 Planetariums and Observatories

QB84.5 Instruments

QB201 Geodetic astronomy

QB275 Geodesy

QB349 Theoretical Astronomy

QB495 Descriptive Astronomy

QB500.5 Solar system

QB799 Stars

QB980 Cosmology