Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Subject: Korean Studies
Date Revised: April 15, 2014
1. General purpose:
Collection of Korean- and English-language materials to support research and instruction on Korea-related topics up through the doctoral and faculty levels in humanities and social scientific disciplines: the collection primarily focuses on the subject areas of literature and language to support research and teaching in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. The collection also supports research and instruction in the wider Washington University community in such areas, but not limited to, history, art, art history, architecture, comparative literature, film and media studies, political science, religion, and women, gender and sexuality studies. In those areas, the librarian in charge of the Korean Studies collection coordinates with subject librarians in the respective subject fields. The interests of the core and affiliated faculty members and graduate students of the East Asian Languages and Cultures program are given special weight in deciding on acquisitions.
2. Subjects excluded:
Active collection building efforts at the Korean Studies collection focuses mainly on literature and language, but no subjects in principle are excluded as long as they support research and teaching by faculty members and graduate students. (Currently, however, the Korean Studies collection does not actively pursue acquisition of materials in Law, Business, Social Work, Medical and natural science and engineering disciplines. See also section I below).
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
As the Korean Studies collection supports a wide range of research and teaching topics (except for the areas mentioned in B above), the subject areas the collection covers overlap with those of several other subject collections. The Korean-language collection, however, focuses primarily on Korean-language materials, whereas other subject collections generally do not collect materials in Korean. (See D below also for language-related policies). In those overlapping areas, relevant units collaborate, but no attempts are made to strictly divide the responsibilities, so as to better serve the interests of faculty members and students and not to miss desirable items.
4. Languages included and excluded:
As stated above, the Korean Studies collection collects materials in English and Korean. The Korean-language collection focuses primarily on materials in Korean, both modern and classical, as well as bi- and multilingual items in case of dictionaries and language instruction materials. Books in classical Korean also include materials that are textually and grammatically Chinese, but those are not excluded from the Korean-language collection as long as they are attributed to Korean authors or publishers, or have circulated widely in Korea. Books written in Chinese and Japanese national languages fall under the responsibilities of the respective language collections even if their subject areas are Korean Studies. Materials written in languages other than English and Korean are generally not actively pursued, but not excluded if they pertain to specific research and teaching projects of faculty members and graduate students.
5. Geographical limitations:
The frame of Korean Studies, which is geographically bound to the current and historical boundary of broadly defined Korea, is given special weight in deciding on acquisitions, but subject areas such as, and not limited to, comparative and world literature and world and regional history, and materials relevant to diasporic Korean populations are not excluded if they are written in Korean. (If written in other languages, these topics fall under the responsibilities of collections responsible for the appropriate subject area or language). This also means that within the East Asian Collection, books on China and Japan written in Korean falls under the responsibility of the Korean-language collection and vice versa.
6. Chronological limits:
None (Materials from Korea under Japanese rule are the responsibility of the Japanese Studies collection if primarily written in Japanese, and Korean Studies collection if primarily in Korean).
7. Retrospective acquisition:
Gaps in areas of particular emphasis are filled as identified, and as funds permit. Retrospective acquisition is also considered to support new research and teaching areas of faculty members and graduate students as permitted by funds.
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels: