Collection Development Policy: School of Architecture
Collection Development Policy: School of Architecture
Bibliographer: Frances Y. Scott
Types of Materials Collected
Additional Selection Parameters
Related Areas of Research and Teaching at Rensselaer
Cooperative and Consortia Agreements
Organization of School:
The School of Architecture is one of five schools at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. Rensselaer is the nation's oldest technological university.
A nonsectarian, coeducational institution, the university offers degrees
from five schools: Engineering, Science, Architecture, Humanities and
Social Sciences, and the Lally School of Management and Technology,
as well as interdisciplinary degrees in information technology. More
than 140 degree programs in nearly 60 fields lead to bachelor's, master's,
and doctoral degrees.
The School of Architecture offers bachelor's and master's programs.
Foremost among them are the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)
and the three-and-a-half-year Master of Architecture (M. Arch.I). The
four year Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science prepares students
for opportunities presented by the building industry. The School of
Architecture offers the Master of Architecture (M. Arch I) as a first
professional degree for students who already have a baccalaureate degree
in any field of study, as well as post professional master's programs
(M.S. or M. Arch. II) in Informatics and Architecture and Workplace
Design, and Master of Science degrees in Building Conservation, Informatics
and Architecture, Architectural Acoustics, and Workplace Design.
Primary Population (2002-2003):
31.5 FTE architecture faculty
84 graduate students
231 undergraduate students
315 total FTE students (UG & Grad) majoring in architecture and
History of the Architecture Library:
The Architecture Library's collection was begun in 1929 and the branch
facility established in 1930. It now occupies approximately 4700 square
feet on the east side of the Greene Building's third floor. The physical
collection has grown to 30,000 print titles housed in the facility and
over 100,000 slides. The graphic collections now include an increasing
number of digitized images, and multi-media material on architecture,
design and the visual arts, as well as traditional maps, drawings, prints,
photographs and microform collections. The library frequently receives
a Capital District Library Council grant to purchase architectural materials.
These funds have enabled the architecture librarian to purchase materials
of a more popular nature for various age groups and to serve a diverse
group of users throughout the Capital District.
Because the Architecture Library is one of Rensselaer's research libraries
it also shares in an incredibly rich collection of resources in both
print and electronic formats. While Folsom Library serves as the central
library, the Architecture Library supports the School of Architecture
programs. The total collections now number one-half million volumes
of books on open-access shelves, as well as scholarly journals, technical
reports, government-document series and multi-media material. The Web
gateway for the libraries, called RensSearch, provides online access
to thousands of electronic books and full text journals and nearly 300
research databases and reference resources. The Rensselaer community
can access many of these resources both on and off campus. Increased
participation in library consortia and their sponsored programs, such
as Connect NY, now facilitates access to the collections of other libraries
and enables our users to borrow materials expediently from other participant
libraries in the state.
SUBJECT CONTENT OF COLLECTIONS:
Architectural Acoustics (B)
|Architectural Design (B)
|Architectural Drawing, Conceptualization, Computerized
Simulation, Imaging, Modeling (C2)
||Architectural History (C2)
|Architectural Theory (B)
||Architectural Practice (C1)
|Building Systems (B)
||Environmental Concerns (B)
|Historic Preservation & Restoration of Buildings
||Landscape Architecture (D)
|Related Arts (Color/Furniture/Interior Design) (D)
||Sustainability in Architecture (B)
|Technology in Architecture (C1)
||Urban & Regional Planning (D)
|Workplace Design (B)
Levels of Collecting Intensity (adapted from Guidelines for Collection
Development, Collection Development Committee, Resources and Technical
Services Division, American Library Association, 1979):
A. Comprehensive Level
B. Research Level
C. Study Level; C.1 Advanced Study Level; C.2
Initial Study Level
D. Basic Level
E. Minimal Level
TYPES OF MATERIALS COLLECTED:
Reference materials: Reference materials such as directories, handbooks,
dictionaries, and encyclopedias with relevant subject matter are selected.
Preference is given to web-based resources where available and affordable.
Monographs: monographic series; congresses; symposia; academy
and society publications.
Serials: Journals and newsletters on architecture and related
fields including electronic publications.
Slides and Digital Images: Most slides are still produced by
the slide library from printed materials but increasing emphasis is
being placed on both in-house production of digital images and licensing
digital images from commercial vendors.
Multi-media: Videos, CD-ROMs, DVD's are collected in relevant
Areas of Selective Collection: Maps/Drawings: dissertations;
government documents; technical reports; building trade literature.
Types of Material Not Collected: Undergraduate textbooks, workbooks,
dissertations or theses from other institutions; general interest material,
i.e. fiction, current history, "how to" books and coffee-table
type of publications are not collected. Multiple copies are generally
not acquired including duplicating titles already in Folsom Library's
Materials purchased with Architecture library allocated funds may reside
either in the Architecture Library in the Greene Building or in the
ADDITIONAL SELECTION PARAMETERS:
Language: Primarily English-language publications are selected.
Foreign language books with significant illustrations are considered
on a case-by-case basis.
Publishers and Publication Dates: Primarily current materials
are selected. A book and slip approval plan with Blackwell North America
strengthens the acquisition of architectural publications from all major
publishers and university presses which meet the approval profile. Publications
of commercial publishers associated with scholarly or technical publications
are reviewed for selections, as are publications of professional organizations,
government agencies and professional practice organizations. Older titles
that are considered classics in the field are acquired as needed and
available. Older materials that support current research and teaching
are acquired in the original or reprint publications as available and
appropriate. For all of these materials, preference is given to electronic
format over print or micro-format.
Geographic Coverage: Emphasis is on the United States as well
as foreign countries.
Chronological Coverage: The interest in architectural publications
covers all periods, however, more material is collected from the Renaissance
to the present.
Electronic resources are any resources that require computer access.
This includes web-based databases, compact discs, DVDs, and laser disks.
Electronic products which support the curriculum and research are selected
as affordable. The electronic resources to which the Rensselaer Libraries
subscribe are primarily indexes and abstracts, collections of full-image
publications, image retrievable databases, document delivery services,
statistical data collections, and reference tools.
RELATED AREAS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING AT RENSSELAER:
Other departments and schools that are involved in areas of interest
to the School of Architecture include School of Engineering, School
of Science, Arts Department, Science and Technology Studies, and Information
COOPERATIVE AND CONSORTIA AGREEMENTS:
Consortia arrangements with groups such as the Capital District Library
Council, Connect NY, New York Consortium of Library Consortia (NYCOLC),
Nylink, Partners in Information and Innovation (Pi2), and WALDO (Westchester
Academic Library Directors Organization) are maintained and provide
resource sharing and electronic resources for consortia purchase at
affordable prices. Some examples of electronic resources that support
the area of architecture and have been purchased through consortia agreements
are: AMICO Library, ArtBibliographies Modern, Bibliography of the History
of Art, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge).
Contact: Frances Scott, Architecture Librarian, Room 309, Greene
Building, Telephone: (518) 276-6312, Fax: (518) 276-6312, email: firstname.lastname@example.org