Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
 
Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes
 
PURPOSE

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers both minors and majors in French at the undergraduate level leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

It is the library's goal to develop collections which support the needs of these undergraduate B.A. students. In addition the library seeks to provide materials to sustain the special research interests of faculty. This policy covers both general collection and reference materials. Another aim is to utilize diminishing monetary resources as wisely as possible in order to provide as useful a collection as possible.

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES:

Languages:   French will be the primary language of the collection. Translations into English may be collected to augment the collection but should not replace seminal texts in original French. French works translated into a language other than English should not be collected. Works of criticism should be in French or English.

Chronological Guidelines:  Current French language is emphasized. Literature has no chronological limitations.

Geographical Guidelines:  France is emphasized but other francophone countries are not excluded.

Treatment of Subject:  A solid collection of general materials to support the undergraduate curriculum in both French language and literature will be developed and maintained. Emphasis will also be placed on building areas of the collection which support the research needs of faculty.

Self-teaching books, textbooks and readers will be selectively acquired. New editions of French language grammars and dictionaries should be collected. A representative collection of desk-sized or concise dictionaries should be available in the general collection as well as a few to accompany the major unabridged dictionaries in the reference collection.

Types of Materials:  Monographs, serial publications, bibliographies and collected works should be acquired. Periodical indexes and abstracts are necessary. Formats should include both print and electronic resources.

Date of Publication: - Emphasis is on current books but older material may be selected as necessary to remedy weaknesses in the collection.

Other General Considerations:

The Center for Research Libraries with which Old Dominion Library is now affiliated has extensive foreign language holdings, particularly in newspapers and theses. Items from these collections are available on extended loan to Old Dominion University Library patrons.  
Subject Divisions  Collecting Level
key to collecting codes
FRENCH LANGUAGE
Philology 
Periodicals, Societies 
2
Language 
Grammar, Style/Composition/Rhetoric, Prosody/Metrics/Rhythmics, Etymology, Lexicography,
3b
Dialects of France  
General, Northern France; Special dialects, Southern France; French in foreign parts, Slang/Argot 
1a
FRENCH LITERATURE
 
History and Criticism  
General, Mediaeval (Old French), Modern Poetry, Drama, Prose and prose fiction; Folk literature; Juvenile literature
3b
Collections  
General, Poetry, Drama, Prose
3a
Old French Literature (to ca. 1500/50) 
Collections, Individual authors and works to 1350/1400; (14th-) 15th century (to ca. 1525)
3a
Modern Literature/Individual authors 
16th century 
17th century 
18th century 
19th century 
1900-1960 
1961- 
 
3b 
3b 
3b 
3b 
3b 
3b
Provincial, local, colonial, etc. 3a
 
Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes

 DIVISION: French DATE: 11/10/94 BIBLIOGRAPHER: Carole Buchanan
 
 LC CLASS  SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS COLLECTION CODE COMMENTS
PC2001-PC2071 FRENCH LANGUAGE 
Philology
 
2
 
PC2073-PC2693 Language 3b Teaching emphasis
PC2700-PC3761 Dialects of France 1a  
 
PQ1-PQ845
FRENCH LITERATURE 
History and Criticism
 
3b
 
PQ1100-PQ1297 Collections 3a  
PQ1300-PQ1595 Old French Literature (to ca. 1500/50) 3a  
 PQ1600-PQ1709 Modern Literature 
16th century
 3b  
PQ1710-PQ1935 17th century 3b  
PQ1947-PQ2147 18th century 3b  
PQ2149-PQ2551 19th century 3b Area of faculty research
PQ2600-PQ2651 1900-1960 3b Area of faculty research
PQ2660-PQ2886 1961- 3b  
PQ3800-PQ3999  Provincial, local, colonial 3a  
 
11/10/94
Bibliographer:  Carole Buchanan