Collection Policies

Urban Studies & Public Administration

PURPOSE

ODUís Graduate Center for Urban Studies and Public Administration offers masterís degrees in public administration (MPA) and urban studies (MUS), and the Ph.D. in Urban Services-Management Concentration.† The primary mission of the MPA Program is to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of public sector professionals and to serve other students who desire careers in public and non-profit organizations. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).† The MUS program is designed to meet the need for public and nonprofit sector administrators, analysts, and evaluators who have been exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives of urban problems and processes.† The urban studies program offers specializations in p olicy analysis and program evaluation, and community services and planning.† The Ph.D. in Urban Services is a multidisciplinary degree program designed to address the complex human, social and technological problems of contemporary urban society. This degree program provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical skills, within a broad urban context.

GENERAL COLLECTING GUIDELINES

Language Guidelines :

English is the primary language for urban studies and public administration programs.† The library purchases foreign language titles in this discipline upon special request from faculty.†

Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines :

Faculty and graduate student research in this discipline at ODU revolves around contemporary issues.† Therefore, the collection development emphasis is on new materials that address emerging subjects.† Historical materials may be selectively acquired to fill holes in the collection.†

Geographical Guidelines :

Most faculty and graduate student research in this discipline at ODU focuses on issues facing cities and administrators in the United States.† Most material purchased by the library will pertain to US cities and federal, state and local level government.† The library will purchase materials relating to public administration and cities in foreign countries on a selective basis.† Broader material relating to globalization is purchased for a wide variety of disciplines including urban studies and public administration.

Treatment of Subject:

The library primarily acquires new secondary source scholarship in public administration and urban studies.† Primary source document collections and electronic datasets may be purchased with input from faculty.† The library usually does not purchase popular non-scholarly works or textbooks.

Types of Material :

The focus of the library's urban studies and public administration collection is on scholarly monographs and professional journals in both print and electronic formats.† Biographies, bibliographies, conference proceedings, reference works, foreign government documents, intergovernmental organization publications, and primary source document collections will be collected on a selective basis.† The Library may also selectively acquire audio-visual materials and digital data sets.†

Date of Publication :

The library's collecting emphasis is on newly published materials.† Older monographs and journal back files may be purchased on a selective basis to meet changing research interests and fill in collection gaps.

Other General Considerations :

a. Interdisciplinary Relationships / Related Policy Statements: the library's urban studies and public administration collection is closely tied to many other areas/programs including: management, industrial psychology, educational leadership, sociology, criminal justice, political science, geography, health care administration, and international studies.†

b. Local/Regional/Consortial Resources: Norfolk State University offers a masterís degree program in urban affairs.† The College of William & Mary offers a masterís degree program in public policy and a number of joint graduate degree programs that combine public policy with other fields such as business administration, law and marine science.† William & Mary also operates the Center for Public Policy Research.†

c. Virtual Library of Virginia: Factiva, InfoTrac and the various publisher-based collections available through VIVA include selected urban studies and public administration journals.†

d. Government Publications: Government publications in print and electronic form are important parts of the urban studies and public administration collections.† Among the most important agencies supplying documents are the departments of Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.† Data from the Census Bureau serves key statistical needs of faculty and graduate students.† Congressional hearings also often relate to current issues facing public administrators and cities.†††

e. Distance Education: ODU does not currently offer the MPA or MUS degrees through distance education.† However, public administration graduate courses are regularly offered at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and Peninsula Higher Education Center.

Summary of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses:

The libraryís collections in urban studies and public administration are comparable to those at institutions ranked in US News & World Reportís annual graduate school guide.† These collections also exceed criteria set by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration .† However, faculty members have expressed the need to add new professional journals devoted to developing areas within the disciplines.†

Collecting Codes

Key to collecting codes

Discipline: Urban Studies and Public Administration
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer
Date: 8/03

LC Class

Subject Descriptors

Collection Code

Comments

GE170-GE190

Environmental policy

4

Area of faculty research

HD38.4, JF1501

Bureaucracy

3b

Applicable to all management related fields

HD42, HM136, K2390

Mediation

4

Area of faculty research

HD57.7

Leadership

3b

Applicable to all management related fields

HD58.7

Organizational behavior
corporate culture

4

Area of faculty research. Applicable to other fields including MBA and industrial psychology

HD58.8

Organizational change

4

Area of faculty research. Applicable to other fields including MBA and industrial psychology†

HD62.15

Total quality management

3b

Applicable to all management related fields

HD101-HD1131

Land use

3

HD1361, HD1375

Real property, real estate

4

Area of faculty research

HD3840-HD4420.8

Privatization

4

Area of faculty research

HJ9-HJ9995

Finance, public

3

HJ7461-HJ7980

Expenditures, public

3

HN49.C6

Community development

3a

HT101-HT395

Cities and towns

3b

HT151

Urban policy

3b

HT155

Sociology, urban

3a

HT156

Inner cities

4

HT165.5-HT169.9

City planning

3a

HT169.6-HT169.9

Zoning

2b

HT170-HT178

Urban renewal

3

HT241-HT243

Urban ecology

2b

HT321

Urban economics

3

HT361

Urbanization

4

JF1525.A8

Internet in public administration

4

Emerging area of faculty / graduate student interest

JF1601-JF1674

Civil service

3

JF1601

Civil service Ė personnel management

3

Area of faculty research

JK681-JK699

Civil service reform

3

KF9084-KF9085

Dispute resolution

4

Area of faculty research

LC5101-LC5143

Urban schools

4

Area of graduate student research

Stuart Frazer September 25, 2003