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AUP Library: Collection Development Assessment forInternational and Comparative Politics
November 2005
Select Books Chosen by ICP Compared to the Entire Collection
2%11%2%85%100: Philosophy & Psychology300: Social Sciences900: History & GeographyEverything else
 
I. AT A GLANCE
.................................................................................................................2
Introduction:
..........................................................................................................................2
The Collection:
......................................................................................................................2
Strengths and weaknesses:
............................................................................................3
Recommendations:
.............................................................................................................3
II. IN DETAIL
.....................................................................................................................4
Context:
...................................................................................................................................4
Strengths and weaknesses:
............................................................................................4
Recommendations:
.............................................................................................................6
FIGURES (inserts)
...........................................................................................................7
1. Book collection:
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NOTES:
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2. Journals by impact factor:
.......................................................................................22
APPENDIX
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I. AT A GLANCE
Introduction:
The Chair of the International and Comparative Politics Department,Susan Perry, requested a study of the different resources available in theAUP Library that would be of interest to her Department.The following collection assessment, undertaken by the Library staff, is aneffort to describe quantitatively and qualitatively the current book,database and journal collection. Its objective is to help formulate shortand long term goals for collection development in the fields of politicalscience, law and international affairs. Funding is also being investigated.
The Collection:
The areas chosen by Professor Perry for review include political science,political philosophy, law, geography, public administration, government,military science and international relations. The following portions of thelibrary collection are devoted to these areas:
Books
 
15% of the entire book collection(10,707 volumes or 9,646 distinct titles out of a total of 72,700volumes)
Journals
 
26% of library journals(43 of 168 current individual journal titles)
 
According to the ISI journal impact factor results
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for the fields of Law, International Affairs and Political Science, the AUP Library hasaccess to 19 of the top 36 journals titles up to the current date(available from individual or database subscriptions)
Full text Databases
-
LexisNexis
– 450+ titles-
JSTOR
– 28 titles-
Academic Search Premier
– 600+ titles-
WilsonSelectPlus
– 330 titles-
CIAO
– 60 titles
1
 
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) publishes annual listings of impact factors of scientific journals,based upon data extracted from the Science Citation Index (SCI). Within its limitations the ISI Journal CitationReports impact factor has become in recent years the main quantitative measure of a journal’s prestige orimportance in its field. The impact factor is based on the ratio of citations of the journal to the number of articles published in it during a given year.
 
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Strengths and weaknesses:
 
Strength
: the AUP Library has a very good selection of periodicalfull-text databases (
LexisNexis
,
JSTOR
,
CIAO, Academic SearchPremier, WilsonSelectPlus
) and an abstracts database (
IPSA
).
 
Strength
:
o
 
Law: Library has 100% of top 12 titles by impact factorthrough
LexisNexis
.
o
 
International Affairs: Library has 50% of top 12 titles byimpact factor current (back issues of another 42% of the titlesare available, not current)
 
Weakness
: Political Science: Library has only 8% of top 12 titlesby impact factor that are current (back issues of another 42% of thetop titles are available, not current)
 
Weakness
: Access to the collection is hampered by the lack of single password remote authentication for databases.
LexisNexis
 and
JSTOR
are available on campus only.
 
Weakness
: While the number of book titles for most subjects mayseem adequate, many titles are older and need to be discarded.
 
NOTE
: The Library has strength in the librarians’ professionalability and willingness to do collection assessment and developmentBUT a lack of manpower and time to do a thorough job for eachdepartment.
Recommendations:
 
Weed old and/or unused titles out of collection.
 
Work closely with faculty to build currency of collection in law andpolitical science.
 
Conduct similar study for each Department so Library collectionremains balanced.

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