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III. Policies: Speech, Language, and Hearing

  • Subject name: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Subject abbreviations: SLHS
  • Bibliographer: Barbara Losoff
  • Other subject responsibilities: Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Chemistry
  • Address: 184 UCB, Science Library
  • Phone: 303-492-1859
  • Email: Barbara.Losoff@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:  
The undergraduate degree is used toward further professional goals and/or as the prerequisite course requirements for entrance into accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.  The Master's degree leads to certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure for the Colorado State Department of Education in speech-language pathology. The doctoral program leads to clinical certification in audiology and culminates in a clinical research dissertation.

A. Curricular Emphasis: 
The Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences curriculum introduces the undergraduate to concepts basic to human communication, and provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of normal and disordered speech, language and hearing processes. Master's students focus on speech-language pathology working toward clinical specialties of their choice. The Doctoral program continues research beyond the Master's level.  Ph.D students are expected to have previous professional experience.  


B. Research Emphasis:   
The undergraduate studies include:  human anatomy including the anatomy of the speech and hearing mechanisms, speech production, transmission, and reception; the development of language; scientific research methods including statistics; etiologies, manifestations, and treatments of the speech/language/hearing processes including voice disorders, cleft palate, motor disorders, and stuttering; the role of the professional speech-language pathologist and audiologist; and, the history and ethics of the discipline. The Master's program emphasizes both the scientific and theoretical bases of speech, language and hearing sciences as well as the clinical education of speech-language pathology. Off-campus clinical assignments take place in educational and medical settings.  Doctoral students research problems and concepts at a higher level of professional activity and responsibility.  Doctoral students must be adept at statistics and computer science.  All SLHS students are expected to express themselves effectively both orally and in written scientific and clinical discipline-specific reports.  


C. Level of Degrees Granted:
BA, MA, Ph.D


D. Special Studies Program: 


E. Other Subjects that Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Biology, Psychology, Education, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music, Bioengineering, and Medicine.


F. Institutes or Labs That Overlap and Utilize Materials: 
Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG), Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS), Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS), the Center for Neuroscience, and Science Discovery.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials: 
Speech and Communication Disorder Clinicians / Audiologists; Hospitals / Physicians; Medical Libraries; Educators; Teachers; Interlibrary Loan.


H. Other Considerations:  

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


B. Languages: 
Materials received are almost exclusively in English.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Emphasis is from the late 20th century to date. Currency is important.  Few historical documents are acquired.


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. All serials and monographs published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are acquired.  


F. Types of Materials: 
Primary indexes and abstracts for speech, language, and hearing sciences are online.  Reference materials take the highest priority followed by the serial/journal literature particularly from ASHA, 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 SLHS.  Doctoral dissertations may be acquired but most are held by University Microfilms International.  Government and international documents related to SLHS are held in Government Publications.  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 SLHS library collection is held in the Science Library located in Norlin Library, with some materials in other science branch libraries.  All serials and theses from 1979 back are held 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 in the Media Library.  Microform collections are housed in the Science Library.  Secondary materials that might duplicate holdings at other CU libraries, particularly the Health Center Medical Library, may not be acquired.  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.  SLHS faculty and students make use of diverse subject disciplines housed in numerous locations. Below is a general outline of the various LC subject classes relevant to SLHS:

QA 273-274.76           Probabilities


QA 276-280                Mathematical statistics


QA 297-299.4             Numerical analysis


QC 220-246                Acoustics / Sound


QH 426-470                Genetics


QH 471-189                Reproduction


QM 1-600                   Human Anatomy


QM 601-695               Human Embryology


QP 1-340                    Physiology (general)


QP 341-495                Neurophysiology


R 1-920                       Medicine (general)


RC 952-954.5             Neurology and psychiatry


RF 1-547                     Otorhinolaryngology (ears, nose, throat)


TA 166-167                Human engineering