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Collection Development @ SJSU Library

Collection Development Policy -  Geology

Last Updated: July 2018

Programs Supported

Selection for this discipline is designed to support undergraduate study leading to:

  • BA, Earth Science
  • BS, Geology
  • Minor, Geology

The selection also supports graduate study leading to:

  • MS, Geology

These programs have as a common purpose the understanding of the Earth. THe BA in Earth Science (Teacher Preparation) is designed to meet the requirements for teaching in public schools.

Existing Resources

The University Library is the main resource. The collection is enhanced by access to materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan Services and CSU+ programs.


There is a coordinated effort in the collection of materials with civil engineering, chemistry, physics, chemical and materials engineering, and geography.

In some areas the materials collected may duplicate materials found in the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) collections, although in general, the SJSU collection is scholarly while the SJPL collection is more introductory or general.

Materials Collected

  1. Special Materials  - If deemed appropriate by faculty, video recordings that are specific to the field may be collected. All formats audio visual materials may be selected.
  2. Languages - English language materials are primarily collected with some German language publications
  3. Geographical Areas - Worldwide coverage 
  4. Chronological Periods - Historical accounts may be selected but should be no more than 1-2% of a year's budget. Materials should be current.
  5. Current / Retrospective Materials - Materials selected are current (within the last 10 years). Older materials that contain valid information is retained. items of purely historical interest are not acquired unless of major significance to the field or local in nature.

Collection Highlights

Even with flat budgets and high inflation rates, SJSU Library provides the essential resources (including books and journal/article databases) and services to attain materials from other libraries in order to support the geology programs offered. GeoRef and Geological Society of America databases are necessary for geological research. Additional journal databases such as Academic Search Premier, ScienceDirect, and Web of Science also help to provide the necessary materials, but there is heavy reliance on them and the services provided for accessing materials from other libraries.

The SJSU Library's map collection undoubtedly has large holes but these gaps are mitigated by: access to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Library collection in Menlo Park, CA, San Jose Public Library's (SJPL's) map collection, and geologic maps available via internet sources. However, if any of these relationships change, the map collection will need to be developed in earnest.

A comprehensive list of materials for this subject can be found in the Geology Research Guide:

Evaluation of Collection – Methods and Planning

Periodicals and electronic databases: Providing access to primary research materials continues to be important at SJSU Library even with flat budgets and high-inflation rates. New and existing programs will be supported with essential journal titles or online databases, depending on available funding. Constant improvement to Interlibrary Loan Services and CSU+ continues to be a great resource students and faculty via the delivery of books, journals, journal articles, and other materials from other libraries. Periodical and electronic databases are purhcased based on faculty and student requests via a trial period and an assessment of available funding.

Books: The SJSU Library will continue order books, with a focus on filling in gaps and purchasing current materials of interest to students and faculty. The format preference will be multi-user eBooks to allow access to students and faculty from anywhere and at anytime they conduct research. Information on collection use by the campus and public community will be part of future analysis. Books are purchased based on faculty and student requests, and by reading Choice Reviews and examining association publications.