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III. Policies: Geography

  • Subject name: Geography
  • Subject abbreviations: GEOG
  • Bibliographer: Katie Lage
  • Other subject responsibilities: Geology, Environmental Science, Maps
  • Address: 184 UCB, Earth Sciences & Map Library
  • Phone: 303-735-4917
  • Email: Katie.Lage@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Department of Geography offers theoretical and practical work in physical geography, including climatology, geomorphology, and biogeography; conservation of natural resources, including environmental education; human geography, including urban, social, economic, political, cultural, and population geography; geographic information science (GIS), including spatial analysis using GIS, remote sensing, computer cartography, GIS and society, and geography education; and regional analysis, including mountains, natural hazards, and specific regional courses.


B. Research emphasis:
Climatology, Biogeography, Soils, GIS, Geomorphology, Mountain Geography, Hydrology, Climate-Vegetation Interaction, Eastern Europe, America & European Landscape History, Third World Development, Spatial Statistics, Urban & Regional Geography, Africa, Cultural Politics, Economics & Social Change, China, International Relations, Migration, Water Resources, Natural Hazards, Quantitative Methods, Regional Development & Planning, South East Asia, Conservation


C. Level of Degrees granted:


D. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Physical Geography: Environmental Engineering, Geology, Physical Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Design, Computer Science, and Environmental Studies.
Human Geography: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Women's Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Urban Planning.


E. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), World Data Center for Glaciology, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Center for the Study of Earth from Space (CSES), Institute for Behavioral Studies (IBS)


F. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), private consultants in hydrology and environmental geology.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Libraries’ approval plan, society publications, general subject catalogs, GPO regional depository documents, as well as faculty and student requests. Gifts-in-kind are accepted with the approval of the bibliographer.


B. Languages:
Primarily English, some Spanish, French, German.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Primarily current, some retrospective according to need and availability.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
world wide, atmosphere, oceans


E. Treatment of Subject:
Graduate and professional, lower division, upper division, society publications, guidebooks, conference proceedings, limited popular works.


F. Types of Materials:
Books; journals; conference proceedings, subject oriented dictionaries and encyclopedias; CU dissertations and theses; U.S. government publications; state geological survey documents from western states; microfiche; guidebooks; and handbooks.

III. Other considerations - locations

The Physical Geography material will be found primarily in the Earth Sciences and Map Library collection, located in the Benson Earth Sciences Building. Some of this material, depending on the subject, will be in the other science libraries. Some older journal volumes are in offsite storage - PASCAL. Material for Human Geography will be found primarily in Norlin Library.