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Social Work



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research in the undergraduate, professional master's, and doctoral programs in the School of Social Work. Specific areas of concentration include: social work administration, social work as a profession, social problems, legislation and social policy, social work methods-theory and practice, social welfare and service delivery systems, and social work research.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English is the primary language of collection, and Spanish is secondary. While the t otal number of titles represented in Spanish outside the Benson Latin American Collection is small, this generally is the only foreign language in which retrospective purchasing is pursued. Usually translations into English are preferred to works in foreign languages. Current titles in French and German are purchased selectively.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on the Twentieth Century, particularly contemporary developments.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Primary focus of interest is in the United States, especially the Southwest and Mexican border. Also of major interest is Latin America. Guidelines for the collection of social work materials on Latin America are included in the statement for the Benson Latin American Collection. Other areas of interest are Great Britain, Canada, and Scandinavia.

D. Treatment of Subject: History of social work and social welfare programs are collected broadly; biographies of historical figures in the field of social work are collected selectively. Compendiums of cases are of great interest as are the texts of social legislation and general treatments of the legal aspects of social work. (This might involve various legal rights of the subject as well as the legal framework within which a social worker functions.) Books on social work research, with emphasis on mid-range theory are collected widely. Upper-division textbooks and works written on a popular level are purchased selectively.

E. Types of Material: Proceedings or reports of conferences, government publications, reports of various social welfare agencies and organizations, and annual reports of private or quasi-public societies, foundations, etc. are collected extensively. Purchase of theses and dissertations from other institutions is very restricted.

F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current publications; retrospective purchasing is very selective.

G. Other General Considerations: The student of social work is concerned both with material pertaining to the treatment of social problems and with material of a more theoretical nature. The theoretical foundations of social work are discernible not only in the field itself but also in various other disciplines, including economics, government, psychology, sociology, and biology.

Other departments have a deep interest in social work materials. Students of government, economics, public policy and sociology in particular are concerned with social legislation and social policy, and with social welfare and service delivery systems. The Psychology and Special Education Departments share concern in social work methods (e.g., group counseling) and in special groups served (e.g., mentally retarded).

The Hogg Foundation is a rich source of material on mental health, and the Tarlton Law Library: Jamail Center for Legal Research contains material of use to the social work researcher interested in the legal aspects of social problems and social welfare legislation. Other significant sources of information include numerous local, state, and federal social welfare agencies located in Austin.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Social Work as a Profession: See Footnote 1 HV 1-38 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Social Work
Social Work Methods: See Footnote 2 HV 40-69;
HV 530-677
PCL (MAIN) C [4] Social Work
Social Problems, Legislation, and Social Policy: See Footnote 3 HV 70-520.5 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Social Work
Social Welfare and Service Delivery Systems: See Footnote 4 HV 680-5840
HV 7428
PCL (MAIN) C [4] Social Work

Footnote 1 :
Includes professional ethics and organizations, the practice of social work in other countries (particularly Great Britain and Scandinavia), and history of philanthropy.

Footnote 2 :
Theory and practice, including interpersonal helping, organizing and planning methods, group and community dynamics, and crisis intervention. Interests and techniques closely allied to those of social and clinical psychology. Psychotherapy and family and group counseling are included in the statement for Psychology.

Footnote 3:
Social Work has interest in both current status and future legislative planning related to social problems and social welfare programs. Emphasis on social action programs. Economics, Government, and Sociology have strong generalized interest in the subject.

Footnote 4:
Includes public and private social agencies, income security programs, international social welfare administration. Again, there is a strong generalized interest on the part of Economics, Government, and Sociology.

  • Institutional and outpatient care to physically ill, physically handicapped, mentally ill, and mentally retarded. (Care of these groups also of interest to Nursing, Special Education and Psychology.)
  • Services to unmarried mothers, children, families, the aged, unemployed, minority groups, alcohol and drug abusers, criminals, delinquents, sexual deviants,etc. (Also of concern to Sociology, Special Education and Home Economics' Child Development program.)

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