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III. Policies: General Science

  • Subject name: General Science
  • Subject abbreviations: GSCI
  • Bibliographer: Suzanne Larsen
  • Other subject responsibilities: Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Museum and Field Studies; Psychology; and, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
  • Address: 184 UCB, Science Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4611
  • Email: Suzanne.Larsen@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The General Science fund exists to acquire materials that do not fall into any one particular science subject area. It is used to acquire audio, video, monographic, and serial literature (in all formats) that will complement diverse science subject disciplines (i.e. the reference work AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN OF SCIENCE). The General Science fund is also used to acquire history-of-science materials in all science subject areas as well as popular press items devoted to science topics. This fund may also pay for some science subject materials that fall outside of disciplines studied on the Boulder campus that still have peripheral interest and/or use (i.e. pesticides, veterinary science for lab animals, homeopathic or alternative medicine, pharmacy and medical reference texts, herbals, horticulture, etc.).

A. Curricular Emphasis:


B. Research Emphasis:


C. Level of Degrees Granted:


D. Special Studies Program:


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
All science subject areas as well as History, Philosophy, Education, and Social Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Any science institute or center.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Any science, medical, pharmaceutical, geologic, or engineering oriented industry or business; Educators; Teachers; and Interlibrary Loan.


H. Other Considerations:
When needed General Science funds may be used on a discretionary basis to acquire materials devoted to any science subject discipline and regardless of location within the University Libraries. 

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan for books from Blackwell North America's Book Services.  Special orders from faculty requests and reviews.  Serial subscriptions with vendors including consortium contracts.  Solicited and unsolicited publisher catalogs and advertisements. Gifts-in-kind are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Most materials are in English; however, there is no language restriction. Historical science documents are usually in the original language.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Ancient to contemporary literature is acquired. Most materials are the mid-20th century to date.  


D. Geographical Guidelines:


E. Treatment of Subject:
Popular press items will be acquired on a limited basis depending on usefulness and quality. Emphasis is placed on research and reference materials. A broad collection of history of science materials is acquired for all science subject areas including substantial archival collections (i.e. LANDMARKS OF SCIENCE I and II).


F. Types of Materials:
Primary indexes and abstracts covering the general sciences are online. All formats are received including electronic (i.e. online books or electronic serials), CDs, Microforms, video and print.  Except for some online government indexes like MEDLINE, government publications related to the sciences are held in Government Publications.  Microforms for the sciences, primarily serials and historic monographs, are in the Science Library.  Video materials are acquired on a limited basis.


G. Date of Publication:
Most materials acquired are current within the last ten years. Historical documents can be published from ancient times to date.


H. Other General Considerations:
Most books and serials in General Science are housed in the Science stacks.  All print serials published before 1979 are held in the PASCAL off-site storage facility. Video materials are housed in the Media Library.  Outdated video materials, if still of some use, are also in PASCAL.  Microform collections are held in the Science Library. Online materials can be accessed by any patron on-site.  Print copies of serials and some reference works with good online archiving policies are being discontinued in favor of online access only.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:  The Library of Congress subject classification system does not work well to consolidate collections relevant to the sciences.  However, in a very broad sense, classifications from Q1 to Q400 are for General Science. 

            Q1                   Periodicals

            Q111               Collected works

            Q121-123        Encyclopedias and dictionaries

            Q124.6            History

            Q173               Philosophy

            Q181               Study and Teaching

            Q295               System Theory