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III. Policies: Germanic

  • Subject name: Germanic Studies
  • Subject abbreviations: GER
  • Bibliographer: Thea Lindquist
  • Other subject responsibilities: History
  • Address: 184 UCB, Humanities Department
  • Phone: 303-492-3996
  • Email: Thea.Lindquist@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The collection of literature, literary criticism, and other works in Germanic language and literature is core to supporting teaching and research in Germanic Studies. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials to support the present and future needs of faculty and student research and teaching of the German Studies and Nordic Studies programs of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

A. Curricular emphasis:
German and Scandinavian language, literature, society, and culture, with a focus on modern German studies;


B. Research emphasis:
Research interests are very interdisciplinary and include German, Scandinavian, and comparative literature, philosophy, theory, film studies, cultural studies, and intellectual history.


C. Level of Degrees granted:


D. Special Studies Programs:
Nordic Studies Minor, Distributed Studies Program in Germanic Studies, Central and East European Studies Certificate Program, Engineering Certificate, Western Civilization Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Art & Art History, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, History, Film Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Center for the Humanities and Arts, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
German and Scandinavian-language teachers and students, heritage speakers, interlibrary loan and other public patrons.


H. Other Considerations:
The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks. Major reference works are located in the Research Area of Norlin, and some rare materials are housed in Special Collections. In general, lesser-used materials with adequate intellectual access are in off-site storage (PASCAL).

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plans for German imprints through Harrassowitz; firm orders for German and Scandinavian imprints through Harrassowitz and other European vendors as appropriate; approval plan for U.S. and British imprints through Ingram. Faculty and graduate student requests are high priority. Gift materials are accepted selectively based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
German, Swedish, and Norwegian are the major languages for primary materials; Dutch, Danish, and Icelandic are collected infrequently. Secondary works are generally also in English, with scholarly works acquired in other languages as well. In general, no language is excluded; rather the level and quality of the publication are the determining factors in the selection decision.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
No time period is excluded.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
No geographical area is excluded.


E. Treatment of Subject:
General and scholarly treatments supporting the major areas of concentration, modern German studies from the Enlightenment to the present, are collected, especially German language and literature (prose, poetry, and drama; history and criticism; movements), and, on a more selective basis, society and culture. Materials supporting Scandinavian language and literature (major authors prose, poetry, and drama; history and criticism) are also collected.


F. Types of Materials:
Monographs, periodicals, newspapers, reference works, microforms, electronic resources, and audio-visual materials that support curriculum and research (DVD format preferred).


G. Date of Publication:
Current and retrospective.


H. Other General Considerations:

1. The Germanic Studies librarian coordinates purchasing with other subject specialists in the Libraries when there is an overlap of subjects.


2. Translations of works from Germanic languages into English are generally acquired by the Comparative Literature bibliographer. Translations into Germanic languages of major works in other languages are not acquired.


3. Duplicate holdings of imprints are discouraged. Retrospective purchasing of previous editions of titles already held in the collection is discouraged unless determined to have additional scholarly value. New editions generally are collected only when they contain significant new/revised content.


4. Reprints are purchased whenever possible in lieu of rare and expensive originals.


5. Popular treatments and heavily illustrated works are not collected unless determined to be of scholarly value.


6. Textbooks and readers intended for classroom use are not collected unless determined to be of long-term value to the collection.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

PD Germanic Languages, Scandinavian Languages

PF West Germanic Languages

PN Literary History
PN821-840 Germanic Literature
PN6090-6110 Collections of General Literature, Quotations, German

PT German Literature, Dutch Literature, Flemish Literature since 1830, Africaans Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Old Norse Literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian, Modern Icelandic Literature, Faroese Literature, Danish Literature, Norwegian Literature, Swedish Literature