Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Library: Olin Library
Subject: English and American Literature
Date Revised: April 14, 2014
Subject Librarian: Kristine Helbling
1. General purpose:
In addition, the growing number interdisciplinary studies programs creates curriculum-wide dependence on English materials at WU (see Overlap with other collections of subjects).
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
4. Languages included and excluded:
Primarily English language materials are collected.
5. Geographical limitations:
Emphasis on Great Britain and the United States.
6. Chronological limits:
7. Retrospective acquisition:
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
All formats are collected, however acquisition of CD-ROMs and microforms is highly selective and only when requested and no other suitable format is available. DVDs including non-US regions are collected. DVD is preferred over VHS. Electronic journals and electronic reference materials are preferred over print. Monographs are generally purchased as printed text though other formats are considered, including digital formats or microforms.
The Libraries subscribe to or purchase electronic databases of primary and secondary materials and electronic indexes, such as Early European Books and the MLA International Bibliography.
9. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:
Basic (B), Instructional Support (I), Research (R), Comprehensive (C)
Subclass PR, English Literature (R)
Subclass PS, American Literature (R)
Class Z – Bibliography (B-R)