Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

PURPOSE

The purpose of the collection is to support instructional programs and areas of faculty research in the Geological Sciences. The program in Geological Sciences at Old Dominion University offers four tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science in Geology.  The BS-Geology curriculum prepares students for advanced study in graduate school or an entry-level position as a professional geologist. The BS-Environmental Sciences curriculum allows students to develop expertise in environmental applications of geology.  The BS-General Geology curriculum provides an opportunity for double majors to combine the study of geology with another discipline of interest. The BS-Earth Science Education curriculum prepares future teachers for certification to teach earth sciences in secondary schools.

 The program also offers a Master of Science in Geology. This is designed to prepare students for careers as geologists, geophysicists, and earth scientists. There is a strong emphasis in coastal plain studies. The MS can be pursued through thesis or non-thesis options.

The program also offers a minor in geology.

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

 Language Guidelines: English will be the primary language of the collection. English language translations of foreign works will be collected on a selective basis. Non-English language materials will generally not be collected except in special circumstances.

 Chronological Guidelines: The collection focuses on works of current practice and research, however, the library also has holdings of substantive historical works. Histories, publications from state and national geological surveys, and bibliographies cover current and earlier treatments. Geological investigations can retain their validity or provide useful insights for many years, and the focus of collecting should be to build upon, rather than replace, earlier works.

Geographical Guidelines:  In general, materials are collected heavily for North American regions and selectively for the other continents and the various ocean basins and margins.  The study of geology is inherently regional, but investigations in one part of the world often shed light on the interpretation of other areas.  The  topographical map collection and U. S. Geological Survey publications focus on Virginia, other U. S. states, and various physiographic or structural regions of the United States.

Treatment of Subject:  Materials at the undergraduate level will be collected broadly in all subject areas basic to the geological sciences.  Materials will be collected more comprehensively in the narrower subject areas which support graduate course offerings and faculty research interests.

Types of Material: The Library will collect scholarly monographs which report, synthesize or integrate current research.  These include conference proceedings, field investigations of surface and subsurface geology, bibliographies, and reference works.  Serials that support the curriculum will be collected with an emphasis on those involving: mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, sedimentary processes, remote sensing, tectonics, and the publications of geological associations including international organizations.

Many state and federal government publications report research in the geological sciences. For a more detailed explanation of U. S. Geological Survey publications and topographical maps, please refer to the section entitled "Other Resources."  These publications exist as text and maps in a variety of formats including print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and Internet sites.

The library maintains print and electronic indexes which assist students and faculty in locating scholarly journal articles. Online databases available via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts and FirstSearch support research in the library and at remote sites. The primary electronic index to the geological literature of the world is GeoRef. Additional electronic indexing resources include Geobase and General Science Abstracts.  Access to these databases is provided through VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia.  Print indexes for use in the library include Publications of the U. S. Geological Survey and Science Citation Index.

Date of Publication: Current materials published within the past five years will receive priority.  However, a strong historical collection will be maintained from previously acquired materials.

Other General Considerations:


LC CLASS
SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS
COLLECTION  CODE
(key to collecting codes)
COMMENTS
GB 400-649 Geomorphology
 4
Also see Collection Development Policy for Geography.  GEOL faculty research interest (GB 441-471 incl. works on barrier island morphology, processes and migration, evolution of coastal dunes, alluvial fans, etc.)
GB 651-2998 Hydrology. Water. Including ground water, rivers, lakes, glaciers
 4
GEOL faculty research interest (trace elements and isotopes in hydrogeologic processes, hydrology of tidal and nontidal wetlands, etc.).
GC 377-399 Marine sediments
 4
Also see Collection Development Policy for Oceanography.  GEOL faculty research interest.
Q 181-183 Science (General)--Study and teaching
3a
 
QB275-343 Geodesy
4
Also see Collection Development Policy for Physics.
QC 801-809 Geophysics.
 4
Also see Collection Development Policy for Physics.  GEOL faculty research interest.
QC 811-849 Geomagnetism
 4
Also see Collection Development Policy for Physics.
QC 851-999 Meteorology. Climatology including the earth's atmosphere   3b (should be 4) Also see Collection Development Policy for Physics.  GEOL faculty research interest (paleoclimate and global climate change, climate models in paleoenvironmental analysis, etc).
QE 5 Dictionaries and encyclopedias
3b
 
QE 26 Physical geology
3b
 
QE 33 Special aspects of the subject as a whole
3b
Subdivisions include aerial photography, mathematical geology, radar, remote sensing, spectrum analysis, statistical methods, subsurface geology.
QE 71 - 79.5 North America
3b
 
QE 81 - 181 General and local works by state (AL-WY)
3b
 
QE 185 - 199 Canada
3
 
QE 200 - 217 Latin America
2b
 
QE 220 - 226 West Indies
2b
 
QE 230 - 258.S6 South America
3
 
QE 260 - 288 Europe
3
 
QE 289 - 319 Asia
3
 
QE 320 - 339 Africa
3
 
QE 350.22 Atlantic Ocean
3b
 
QE 350.42 Pacific Ocean
 3a
 
QE 350.62 Arctic Ocean
 3b
Faculty research interest (western Artic role in global climate, ice rafting of sediments)
QE 351 - 399.2 Mineralogy
3b
 
QE 371 Mineralogical chemistry
 3
 
QE 420 - 456.5 Petrology
3b
Includes general works and geographic subdivisions.
QE 461 - 462 Petrology--Igneous rocks, volcanic ash, tuff, etc.
 3
 
QE 471 Petrology--Sedimentary rocks. Sedimentology
 3b
 
QE 472 Sedimentary structures 3b  
QE 475 Petrology--Metamorphic rocks. Metamorphism
 3b
 Faculty research interest.
QE 500- 639.5 Dynamic and structural geology
3b
Faculty research interest (includes 3-D seismic, borehole seismology, etc.)
QE 508 Geologic time. Age of the earth
3
Faculty research interest (geochronology).
QE 511.48 Plate tectonics
3b
Faculty research interest.
QE 514- 516.5 Geochemistry
3b
Faculty research interest.
QE 521 - 541 Volcanoes and earthquakes
3a
 
QE 571 - 597 Sedimentation
4
Faculty research interest (sedimentation rates, sedimentary dynamics in shallow marine environments, numeric modeling of sedimentation patterns).
QE 597 - 600 Earth movements.  Mass movements
 3b
Faculty research interest (geologic hazards)
QE 601 - 613 Structural geology
3b
Faculty research interest (includes. strain analysis and kinematic analysis).
QE 615 Basins.  Sedimentary basins
 3b
 
QE 640 - 996 Stratigraphy
4
Faculty research interest (includes event and sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy)
QE 653 Precambrian
3
 
QE 654 - 674 Paleozoic
3
 
QE 675 - 688 Mesozoic
3
 
QE 690 - 699 Cenozoic
4
Faculty research interest.
QE 701 - 760 Paleontology
3b
 
QE 760.8 -  899.2 Paleozoology
3
 
QE 901 - 996.5  Paleobotany
3
 
TA 703 Engineering geology
3
 
TN 263-271 Mineral deposits. Metallic ore deposits.Prospecting 
 3b
GEOL Faculty research interest (geophysical exploration techniques including seismic stratigraphy in TN 269-271)
TN 799.5-948 Nonmetallic minerals
 3
 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

Publications from the federal government, including U.S. Geological Survey materials, are housed separately in the library and have a special classification system called the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) system. The following table shows some of the major class areas.
 
 
SuDoc # Type of Publication Collection Code
key to collecting codes
Comments
A 57.38/1-2: through A 57.38/50: Soil Survey Reports (Alabama through Wyoming)
3b
County level reports
I 19 U. S Geological Survey materials    
I 19.1: Annual Reports of the Geological Survey
3b
1800’s to present
I 19.3: Bulletins
3b
1800"s to present
I 19.3/6: Stratigraphic Notes
3a
 
I 19. 4/2: Circulars
3b
1800’s to present
I 19.13: Water Supply Papers
3a
 
I 19.13/2: Selected Papers in the Hydrologic Science
3
 
I 19.13/3: National Water Summary
3
 
I 19.15/3: Manuals, Handbooks and Guides
3a
 
I 19.16: Professional Papers
3b
1900’s to present
I 19.81: 7.5’ Topographic Series maps 
3a
All VA quadrangles, selected quads for WV, NC, SC, MD, DE, NJ
I 19.81/2: 1:50,000 Series Maps
3
same areas as above
I 19.108: County Map Series
3
Virginia only
I 19.110: U.S. 1:100,000 Scale Series
3
 
I 19.121: Digital Data Series (data on volcanoes, national water quality, etc.)
3
CD-ROMs issued irregularly 
I 19.123: U.S. Base Maps (various scales)
3
 
I 19.165:yr./v Minerals Yearbook
3a
 
NAS Various NASA publications
3
extensive microfiche collection 
NS 1.38/2: Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Project
3
 

VIRGINIA STATE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

Perry Library is also a state government depository and holds a number of publications from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Mineral Resources. These include: maps, bulletins, information circulars, etc.  They are housed with the General Collection on generally may be found under the Library of Congress Classification of QE 173.A 21.  Reports of Investigations may be found under QE 173.A26.
 
 

11/2000
Bibliographer:  Renee Davis (revision of earlier version by Janet Justis)