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Human Ecology

I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in nutrition, the master's level in child development and home economics education, and the undergraduate level in the areas of family economics, food systems administration, food technology, home management, interior design, and textiles and clothing; and provide basic materials on the practical aspects of these subjects for the whole University community. While concern for these fields is centered in the School of Human Ecology, the library resources are of interest to the faculty and students in a number of other areas, including architecture, art, biology, business, chemistry, education, nursing, pharmacy and psychology.
II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English is the primary language of collection. Materials in the major European languages are acquired selectively, and in the original only if no translation is available. There is no limitation of language, however, when illustrative matter is more important than text, e.g., in textiles and clothing.
B. Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is on current research and developments.
C. Geographical Guidelines: No region is excluded but the primary focus of interest is the Western Hemisphere.
D. Treatment of Subject: Upper division textbooks are purchased selectively; lower division textbooks, laboratory manuals and introductory works very selectively. Books on technique are acquired in several areas: clothing construction, food preparation, meal management, institutional management, and family budgeting. Materials of a popular nature on nutrition, cooking, sewing, home management and home decoration are acquired very selectively.
E. Types of Materials: Materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, government publications, and the proceedings and transactions of conferences, congresses and symposia are acquired. Some specialized newspapers are also purchased. Theses and dissertations are not acquired on a regular basis.
F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on materials published within the last ten years. Retrospective purchases will be made as needed, but with no preference of format, i.e., original, reprint or microform. Older materials in the field of textiles and clothing are very selectively acquired.
G. Other General Considerations: Certain specialized areas of interest to Human Ecology are mentioned in other subject statements: nutrition in those of Chemistry and Nursing; child development in Education and Psychology; food technology and textiles in Chemical Engineering; interior design in Architecture; personal finance in Business; and teacher education in Education.
III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:
  • Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
    Food Technology: - - - See Chemical Engineering Statement
    Food System Administration: Institutional Food Service. - - B Chemistry
    Interiors, Domestics: - - - See Architecture Statement
    Textiles and Apparel: Includes socio-psychological aspects, the history of textiles, textile science, design, and marketing techniques. Emphasis is on the United States, but there is no inherent geographical limitation to collecting in this area. The history of clothing is dealt with in the Theatre and Dance Statement as costume design. Textile science is noted in the Engineering Statement. - - B Art
    Home Management: - - B -
    Family Economics, Financial Planning and Insurance - - B -
    Human Ecology Education: - - - See Education Statement
    Human Development and Family Sciences : - - - See Education Statement and Psychology Statements.
    Nutritional Sciences: includes methodology, nutritional disorders, foods, diets, nutrition education, and the institutional programs affecting nutrition. Material dealing with the legal aspects of nutrition is of importance. Biochemical aspects of nutrition are discussed in the Chemistry Statement. - - C Chemistry

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