# Mathematical Sciences Collection Development Policy

## General Department Information

The goal of the Kent State University Department of Mathematical Sciences is to provide students with the practical skills and fundamental knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences. Students are prepared for direct employment either within the industry, the government or higher education. Students who chose to pursue the Mathematical Sciences at the advanced level are taught to research independently for private, industrial, government, or research institutions.

**Departmental Areas of Concentration**

- Pure Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers
- Statistics

**Degrees Offered**

- B.A. in Mathematics
- B.S. in Mathematics
- B.S. in Applied Mathematics
- M.A. in Applied Mathematics
- M.A. in Pure Mathematics
- M.S. in Applied Mathematics
- M.S. in Pure Mathematics
- Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics
- Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics

## Scope of Coverage

**The following subject areas are collected at the research level**

- Analysis & Analytic Number Theory
- Approximation Theory
- Complex Analysis
- Dynamical Systems
- Financial Mathematics
- Geometry
- Knot Theory
- Mathematical Models
- Modern Algebra
- Numerical Analysis
- Numerical Computing
- Ordinary Differential Equations
- Probability Theory
- Real Analysis
- Theory of Matricies
- Topology
- Probability
- Statistics

**The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level**

- Actuarial Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Approximation Theory
- Calculus
- Character Theory of Finite Groups
- Complex Analysis
- Finite Group Theory
- Functional Analysis
- General Topology
- Geometric Function Theory
- Geometric Topology
- Group Representation Theory
- Group Theory
- Harmonic Analysis
- Lattice Theory
- Lie Group Representation Theory
- Linear Algebra
- Math Education
- Metric Number Theory
- Number Theory
- Numerical Analysis
- Partially Ordered Algebra
- PDE
- Potential Theory
- Probability
- Probability PDEs
- Ring Theory
- SPDEs
- Statistics
- Stochastic Analysis

## Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas

**Language**

Prefer English materials and English translations.

**Date of Publication**

1960 to present (emphasizing current publications).

**Geographical Guidelines**

Worldwide (emphasizing material from international conferences).

**Society or Publisher Emphasis**

Emphasis on publications by the

- American Mathematical Society
- ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
- EMS (European Mathematical Society)
- IEEE Computing Society
- Mathematical Association of America
- NIST(National Institute of Standards and Technology) Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.

**Multiple Copies**

Proportionate to demand

## Material Types

**Monographs**

**Books**

Research Level works are collected to reflect the above mentioned subject areas

Selective acquisition of dissertations, handbooks, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks

**Audio Visual Material**

Acquired per department request.

**Theses and Dissertations**

Selective acquisition of theses and dissertations reflect the department curricula and encompass student and faculty research needs.

**Microform Reproductions**

Acquired as a last resort.

**Serials **

Current list of Department of Mathematical Sciences subscriptions

**eJournals**

**Government Documents**

Government Documents are collected to support research in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Federal documents and publications in this area are particularly strong proceeding 1962. Earlier documents were secured either through gifts or purchases. A majority of these documents are cataloged and can be accessed on Kentlink.

**Methods of Acquisition**

Most government documents are secured, free of charge, through the federal or state government. Materials are collected to reflect the program’s curriculum and research needs. Other documents requested by the department may be purchased by an allotment of the monographic funds.

**Federal Government Publications and Information**

Various documents at the federal level are published and distributed to support research in the Mathematical Sciences. Some agencies that provide this material are:

- Department of Commerce – National Technical Information Service
- Department of Education
- National Science Foundation

**State Publications**

An agency that publishes mathematical documents at the state level is the Ohio Department of Education.

**Online Services and Electronic Resources**

Electronic services and resources are made available through the University Libraries website at:

## Interdisciplinary Relations

There is a strong interrelationship of library materials between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the following departments:

- Computer Science
- Education
- Finance
- Philosophy
- Physics