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III. Policies: Italian Language and Literature

I. Purpose
The Italian Language and Literature collection supports teaching and research in Italian language, literature, and culture. Focusing on current and future needs, the collection development emphasis is on the curriculum requirements of the undergraduate program in Italian, the research interests of the faculty, and the collection’s role as a resource for the larger university and local communities. Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of Italian studies, users should consult related collections in Anthropology, Art and Art History, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology, purchased by other subject specialists.

A. Curricular emphasis
Language instruction in Italian; undergraduate general education courses in Italian literature, history, culture, and cinema; inter-disciplinary graduate courses in comparative literature and film studies.

B. Research emphasis
Research interests cover a wide range of topics in Italian language, literature, history and culture.

C. Level of Degree granted

D. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials
Comparative literature, Linguistics, Women’s Studies.

E. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials
Teachers and students of Italian language and literature, the Italian community of the Denver metropolitan area, other Interlibrary Loan and public patrons.

F. Other Considerations
The Italian bibliographer coordinates purchases with other bibliographers in the Libraries when there is overlap of disciplines.

II. General Collection Guidelines

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials
Approval plan for Italian imprints through Casalini Libri; other foreign-language imprints through various European vendors; U.S. and British imprints through Blackwell North America; review and selection also done through catalogs. Faculty and graduate student requests have high priority. Gift materials are accepted selectively based on the needs of the collection.

B. Languages
Primary materials in Italian or, in the case of early materials, in Latin; English translations. Secondary materials are mostly collected in English and Italian as well as other major Western European languages. No language is excluded however; decisions are based on the level and quality of the publications.

C. Chronological Guidelines
From the Middle Ages to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th- and 21st centuries.

D. Geographical Guidelines
Italy and Italian-speaking Switzerland as well as émigré Italian literature.

E. Treatment of Subject
Works by major authors from the Middle Ages through the present, with emphasis on contemporary authors. Literary history and criticism from the Middle Ages to the present. Biographies of 20th- and 21st century Italian authors. History of the Italian language and current studies in Italian, including translation and pedagogy. Major reference works, including dictionaries and encyclopedias.

F. Types of Materials
Monographs, monographic series, periodicals, bibliographies, microforms, electronic formats, audio-visual materials that support curriculum and research (DVD preferred).

G. Date of Publication
Emphasis on current materials; retrospective materials purchased as need is identified and funds become available.

H. Other General Considerations
Most of the collection is housed in the Norlin Library. Interdisciplinary works may be located in branch libraries and infrequently used materials may be placed in off-site storage (PASCAL).

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

PC1001-1975: Italian language and dialects
PN801-820: Literary history—Romance literature
PQ4001-5999: Italian literature