Collection Profiles : MSVU Depts & Programs


A detailed analysis of library subject collections arranged by academic discipline is meant to comprise one section of a comprehensive online document called the Collection Policy Manual.
(Mount Saint Vincent University, 1st ed. 1997 with ongoing updates).
The library has adopted the approach suggested in the Guide for Written Collection Statements (American Library Association, 1989) which sets the conspectus data, i.e. the collecting level codes, within a narrative framework.

Profile Outline:

A narrative statement (otherwise termed a profile) has been created for each academic department / program of the University with an assigned library co-coordinator, and as such corresponds to the range of academic programs offered at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Each of the five disciplinary groups have been assigned a liaison librarian to expedite communication between the Library and the University’s departments / programs of instruction and research.

The major elements of the each profile include:

  • a description of the program and clientele supported by the subject areas and collections specified in the profile
  • subject descriptions in terms of the Library of Congress (LC) Classification ranges with corresponding subject descriptors
  • the subject descriptors characterized by the current collecting level code as defined by the Conspectus.
  • those responsible for the selection of appropriate materials
  • the scope of coverage, including language, geographical area, chronological period (i.e. publication date),
  • types of material collected
  • types of material excluded.

In addition to the notes within the profiles, the Collection Policy Manual includes sections which detail policies pertaining to special collections: reference books; electronic resources; government documents; microforms; academic calendars; corporate reports; the MacDonald Collection; the Reserve Collection; and the University Archives.

Approval Plans:

In the past, our library has created profiles for vendors without using the conspectus codes. By concentrating on current collecting intensity, it may be possible to more easily adapt these profiles should any approval plan for acquiring current publications be negotiated in the future. If retrospective purchasing were feasible with additional funding in place to address any inadequacies, a preliminary collection assessment of the relevant subject collections would have to be undertaken.

Collection Analyses Arranged by Liaison Librarian :

Educational Studies Liaison Librarian

Child and Youth Study

Sciences Liaison Librarian

Chemistry and Physics
Mathematics / Computer Studies / Statistics
Applied Human Nutrition

Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

Canadian Studies
Family Studies & Gerontology
Political Studies / Peace and Conflict Studies / Public Policy Studies
Women’s Studies

Humanities Liaison Librarian

Cultural Studies
Religious Studies
Modern Languages / Linguistics

Business Studies Liaison Librarian

Business Administration
Information Technology
Communication Studies

Tourism and Hospitality Management