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Library and Information Science Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Guidelines

Curricular Focus:

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, an ALA accredited program, offers the only comprehensive professional program in library and information science in the state of Ohio. The School prepares students for positions of leadership in librarianship and the information professions, including service in academic, public, special, and school libraries as well as other types of information agencies. The curriculum focuses on three broad areas: access to information, organization and representation of knowledge, and library administration and management. The School is also home to the Master's program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.

Department Goals:

The faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science at Kent State University intend to uphold its' mission of creating a professional and expansive learning experience for its' students. Tactical goals reflective of the strategic mission include maintaining and enhancing the School's role as the only professional school of library and information science in Ohio; actively fostering research and development in library and information science; and optimizing the position and role of the School within the College of Communication and Information.

Departmental Areas of Concentration:

The role of the School as a comprehensive program for professional library and information science education dictates a comprehensive approach to the subject of library and information science. Consequently, the Department does not specify particular areas of concentration.

Faculty Research Interest:

Under the broad umbrella of the three curricular foci, faculty have the following research interests:

Access to Information: Reference, research methods, intellectual freedom and censorship, information-seeking behavior, social network and role theory, access to information of senior populations, multicultural materials, scholarly use of Internet-based electronic resources, the Internet and young people, and international developments in library and information science.

Organization and Representation of Knowledge: Information architecture, information organization, information science, information storage and retrieval, information technologies, knowledge organization and representation, electronic publishing, library automation, electronic information and services, classification, descriptive cataloging, government documents, bibliometrics, citation analysis, thesaurus and other indexing languages, indexing systems and software, database systems and design, database quality control, application of expert systems, multi-lingual information processing.

Library Administration and Management: Human resources management, administration of public libraries, academic librarianship, knowledge management, professional ethics, evaluation of library and information services, library materials and services for children and young adults, and school library media centers.

Degrees Offered:

The core program offered by the School is the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). Other academic programs offered by the School or in conjunction with other departments are:

  • School Library Media Specialist Licensure, offered in cooperation with the Graduate School of Education.
  • Master of Library and Information Science / Master of Business Administration, a dual degree program offered with the Graduate School of Management.
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science, a post-master's certificate program to update professional skills.
  • Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Management, an interdisciplinary degree administrated by the School with sponsorship from Communication Studies, Computer Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Management and Information Systems, and Visual Communication Design.
  • Certificate for advanced study in School Library Media.


Special Programs within the School:

Center for the Study of Librarianship:
This unit of the School of Library and Information Science was constituted in 1966 to carry on and stimulate basic research in librarianship, and to contribute in appropriate ways to the definition and solution of problems facing Ohio libraries. The Center provides consulting support for projects and products in libraries and information centers. Services include consultation with experts, project management, project design, data analysis and software evaluation. Recent projects include Seminar: Ohio Library Evaluation (S:OLE), a grant-funded institute sponsored by the United States Department of Education; The OPLIN / KSU Electronic Testing Center, sponsored by the Ohio Public Libraries Information Network; and a study of public library measures and standards sponsored by the Ohio Library Council and the State Library of Ohio.

Departmental Web Address:

Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research level:
Approval books are received in these areas:

  • Bibliographies
  • Libraries
  • Book industry and trade
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Access to information
  • Organization and representation of knowledge
  • Library Administration and management and all faculty research interests, as stated previously in this document.

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced study level:
Approval slips are received in these areas:

  • Intellectual property
  • Science information services
  • System theory
  • Mobile computing
  • Multimedia systems
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Coverage Parameters

Generally, the majority of materials collected are current materials in English. Historical materials are also collected. No limits have been established for language, date of publication, geographical location, or publishers. Multiple copies are generally not collected. However multiple copies are purchased if required reserved readings or a second copy is to be placed in SLIS lab library.

Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!


Monographs are the primary material types collected. Research level scholarly materials are emphasized.

Audio visual materials:
Materials in other formats, such as CD-ROMs and videocassettes are collected when requested.

Theses and dissertations:
Selectively acquired in support of graduate and faculty research.

Microform reproductions:
Acquired only if absolutely necessary.



Follow this link to a list of active serials for Library and Information Science held by the KSU library.

Recent volumes of a select number of scholarly journals in the discipline are also available online through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC).


Government Documents:

The collection is strong from 1962 - present, with earlier collections obtained from purchases and donations. All materials are cataloged and accessible via KentLINK.

Methods of Acquisition:
Most government documents are received free of charge from the federal and state governments. Federal government documents are selected to match a profile that supports Library and Information Science's curriculum. If requested by the department, monographic funds may be used to purchase documents materials that are not normally received for free.

Federal publications:
Many agencies publish and distribute information in support of the various research and instructional interests of the Department of Library and Information Science. The Department of Education supplies the school with documents that offer various statistical information concerning libraries, computer use and computer education. The library receives all material published by the Library of Congress, which is accessible through KentLINK. The Government Publishing Office (GPO) produces documents that are used to support the government documents class, management materials, statistics for classes that deal with library budgets and the library also receives proceedings of conferences. Any and all congressional publications are received by the library, which includes bills and laws, congressional hearings, congressional records and various House and Senate reports.


Online Services and Electronic Resources:

Online access to Library Literature and ERIC, two key databases for research in library and information science, are available through OhioLINK. A number of library and information science journals are available through OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center (EJC) under the subject heading of social sciences. A current list of titles is available at: The link leads to the library and information science subject area located at:



The following categories are excluded from the School of Library and Information Science scope of coverage: Z40-115, writing, paleography; Z243-256, printing history; Z657-661, freedom of the press. In addition, general academic materials appropriate for lower level undergraduate study are excluded.

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Interdisciplinary Relations

The School of Library and Information Science has relationships with the following departments:

  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Management
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Management and Information Systems
  • Visual Communication Design