I was really looking forward to doing one of my “new title stories” with the titles purchased recently. That is proving to be a daunting task as the library has purchased 425 titles since December 1, 2015. Purchasing has been done across the nine departments on campus based on faculty recommendations, trusted review sources, and standard core collection lists for college libraries. Many holes or deficiencies in our collection were discovered when areas were weeded by librarians. Librarians have become very familiar with the departments for which they are liaisons, and they provide recommendations to the department chairs to fill holes and support the curriculum.
Many of the 425 titles purchased don’t fit in just the department they were recommended for, but “cross the line” into other department curricula. For example, Matt, the librarian who works with the Life Sciences department, purchased The Farm as Ecosystem: Tapping Nature’s Reservoir—Biology, Geology, Diversity. This title may be of interest to Biology and Geology students, as well as Rangeland Studies students, who are supported by librarian Shawn Hartman’s liaison work with Applied Sciences. Matt also purchased Nutritional Supplements in Sport, Exercise and Health: An A-Z Guide, as well as Physiology of Sport and Exercise, which can be used by pre-med students in Life Sciences and HPER students (yet another department Shawn works with).
Two other librarians who have crossed the line of late are myself, purchasing for the Education department, and Christine who purchases for Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work (among others). In beefing up the special education/disability area, the following titles start to “cross the lines” from education to other areas:
Intersections of Children’s Health, Education, and Welfare
Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap
Special Education Needs and Disability: The Basics
Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability
Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Understanding Stress and Opportunities for Growth
Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions
Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality
You could probably pick out a few titles above that might fit into Applied Sciences. There go those librarians crossing the line again. Just one more. You figure it out this time. The Education Department bought two more titles that cross the line – Teaching Objects: Studies in Art-Based Learning and Art Education Beyond the Classroom: Pondering the Outsider and Other Sites of Learning. Where might they cross the line?