Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
COUNSELING

Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes
 
PURPOSE

 The goal of collection development in this field is to represent all areas of curriculum and research with professional and scholarly materials. The collection has concentrated on general and career counseling/ development materials. Newer general areas of interest in this subject are multicultural counseling and diversity training and adult/lifespan development. The counseling program offers both an undergraduate major in human services counseling and a masters program in guidance and counseling. The curriculum includes human growth and development; counseling theory and skills; group counseling; career counseling; multicultural counseling; college student development/student personnel; test analysis and interpretation; and the organizational principles of guidance, counseling, and student personnel. The graduate program offers both a masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study, both of which fulfill the requirements for licensure in Virginia as a school counselor and/or licensed professional counselor. The counseling program is part of the department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.
 

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

 Language: Works in English are primarily collected. Works by theorists writing in other languages are collected in translation.

Chronological Guidelines: The emphasis of the collection is on current theory and practice.

Geographical Guidelines: The emphasis of the collection is on American practice, with works on emerging areas in international practice collected selectively.

Treatment of Subject: Scholarly and professional works in the field form the basis of the collection and are emphasized in collecting. Textbooks are acquired selectively. Popular works and works intended for self-guidance are only occasionally acquired or added as gifts. Theses and dissertations are generally not collected. Biographies and histories are added selectively.

Types of Materials: It is the aim of the collection to include major monographs, bibliographies, and collected works including conference proceedings in the field. Serials published by national societies/institutions are collected. There is a need to collect audiovisual resources, both for on-campus and distance education classes, and there are electronic resources emerging, such as test reference material, which are being added to the collection as funds permit.

Date of Publication: Generally, works published within the last twenty years are collected. However, basic works in counseling and psychology from the nineteenth century on are collected as original editions or as reprints.

Other General Considerations:

 
SUBJECT DIVISION COLLECTING LEVEL
key to collecting codes
Interpersonal Relations: 
Personal communication, nonverbal behavior
3a
Human Services: 
Human services and agency administration related to mental health.
3a
Counseling Theory: 
Theory and technique covering the processes of interviewing, testing, guiding, advising.
3b
School Counseling
Group and individual counseling in all educational institutions, child and adolescent development.
3b
Career Development and Counseling: 
Career counseling, career decision-making, career planning.
3b
Group Counseling:  
Psychotherapeutic process in which groups meet with a therapist.
3b
Multicultural Counseling: 
Multiculturalism, multicultural counseling, diversity training
3b
Tests and Measurement: 
Tests and testing in the psychological, career and affective areas.
3a
Lifespan/Human Growth and Development: 
Study of life events which cover changes in body, personality, and ability.
3b
College Student Development/Student Personnel: 
Psychological development of college students. Includes counseling/advising theory and techniques with college population.
3b
Addictions/Alcoholism:  
Personality and behavioral syndromes characteristic of a person who abuses substances.
3a
Family Systems/Therapy:  
Therapeutic approaches which treat the family as a whole.
3b
Educational Research and Evaluation: 
Statistical method, research design and implementation in human services and counseling.
3b
 
 
Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes

LC Class SUBJECT HEADINGS Code Comments
HV4O Human Services 3a  
HM132, HM152 BF575 Interpersonal Relations 3a  
BF637, LB1620 Counseling (and subdivisions) 3b  
LB1027 
LB1620 
LB2328
Personnel Service in Education Student Counselors 
Personal Service in Health Ed.
3b  
HF5381-84 HF5549 
LB 1731
Career Development 3b  
RC488 Family Psychotherapy 

Family Therapy

3b  
BF637 
RJ504 
LB1027, LB1620
Group Counseling 
Group Psychotherapy 
Group Guidance in Education
3b  
BF697-713 
LB2343
Developmental Psychology 
Life Cycle, Human 
College Student Development Programs
3b Area emphasized by accrediting body
BF637 
LB1027 
HF5549
Cross-Cultural Counseling 
Minorities - Counseling of Multiculturalism
3b Area emphasized by accrediting body
BF431 
HF5381
Psychological Tests & Measurements 
Occupational Aptitude Tests
3a  
RC533 
RC564 
HV5276
Substance Abuse - Treatment 
Compulsive Behavior - Treatment 
Alcoholism - Treatment
3a  

Bibliographer: Nancy McAuliffe