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III. Policies: Museum and Field Studies

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

I. Purpose:
Offers a graduate degree in Museum and Field Studies through interdisciplinary courses in several cognate departments.

A. Curricular Emphasis:
Graduate training under the direction of Museum faculty is taken in Anthropology, Art History, History, Botany, Entomology, Paleontology, and Zoology.


B. Research Emphasis:
Anthropological interpretation; Southwestern archaeology and ethnology; Plant taxonomy, evolution, and phytogeography; Vertebrate paleontology and Cenozoic stratigraphy; Biology of aquatic invertebrates; Systematics and population biology of insects of the Rocky Mountain Region; Plant and insect interaction.


C. Level of Degrees Granted:


D. Special Studies Program:
A certificate in Museum and Field Studies is offered to graduate students in other disciplines.


E. Other Subjects that Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Art, Biology, History, Geology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Education.


F. Institutes or Labs That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
University Herbarium, The Alpine Field Laboratory, Center for Limnology, and Science Discovery.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Museums, Archeologists, Historians, Geologists, Teachers, and Educators.


H. Other Considerations:

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Method 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 and consortium contracts. Solicited and unsolicited publisher catalogs and advertisements. Gifts-in-kind are accepted according to the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Almost exclusively in English.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Emphasis is from the mid-20th century to date.


D. Geographical Guidelines:


E. Treatment of Subject:
Campus textbooks are not acquired. Textbook type materials will be acquired on a limited basis depending on usefulness and quality. Emphasis is placed on research and reference materials, particularly peer-reviewed journal literature.


F. Types of Materials:
Primary indexes and abstracts for subject areas covered by MFS are online. Reference materials take the highest priority followed by the serial/journal literature, and finally the monographic literature. All formats are received including electronic (i.e. online books), CDs, Microforms, print, audio and video. All CU-B Master's theses are obtained from MFS. Audio and video materials are acquired selectively.


G. Date of Publication:
Emphasis is on acquiring current documents within the last ten years. Earlier materials may be difficult to obtain as they go out-of-print quickly.


H. Other General Considerations:
In general, the MFS collection is held in the Science Library located in Norlin Library. All serials and theses from 1979 back are housed in the PASCAL off-site storage facility located in Denver. Outdated audio and video formats that cannot be replaced in a newer format are also in PASCAL. Audio and video materials are held in the Media Library. Microform collections are housed 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. MFS faculty and students make use of very diverse subject disciplines housed in numerous locations. Below is a general outline of the various LC subject classes relevant to MFS:

CC 1-960                    Archeology


GF 1-900                    Human Ecology.  Anthropogeography

GN 1-890                    Anthropology


N 400-3990                 Art museums, galleries, etc.

N 5300-7418               Visual arts history

N 8554-8585               Examination and conservation of works of art


QE 640-699                Stratigraphic geology

QE 701-996.5             Paleontology


QH 1-74                      Natural History (general)  

QH 75-77                    Nature Conservation

QH 301-705                Biology (general)

QH 501-531                Life


QK 1-600                    Botany (general)

QK 640-673                Plant anatomy

QK 710-899                Plant physiology

QK 900-989                Plant ecology


QL 1-749                    Zoology (general)

QL 750-795                Animal Behavior

QL 799                        Morphology

QL 801-950.9             Anatomy

QL 951-991                Embryology


QR 1-500                    Microbiology


RV 1-431                    Botanic medicine