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Susan Macicak,
Collection Development Officer

Merry Burlingham,
Chief Bibliographer

Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Bonnie Brown Real,
Collection and Consortia Assessment Coordinator

Lexie Thompson Young,
UT System Licensing Coordinator

Emilie Algenio,
Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist


I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the Ph.D. level in the following fields: history and theory, social organization and disorganization, social stratification, racial and ethnic relations, human ecology and demography, social psychology, political sociology, medical sociology, sociology of religion, deviance and social control, and urban sociology. Many of these concerns are shared with other departments on campus, e.g., social organization with Anthropology, human ecology with Architecture and Planning, social psychology with Psychology, etc. In the instance of social work there is a practical as well as theoretical interest in virtually all areas of sociology. For a discussion of social psychology, see the statement for Psychology.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in French and German are purchased in the original and in English translation (when the English translation is acquired first, the original language will not also be sought). Current titles in Italian, Spanish and Russian are purchased on the same basis as those in French and German, but retrospective works in these languages are purchased selectively. Works in languages other than those mentioned above ordinarily are purchased only when translated into English.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on the twentieth century, especially contemporary conditions.

C. Geographical Guidelines: There is far more emphasis on society in the United States and in Latin America than in other geographical areas, with secondary emphasis on Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, China and Japan. No area is excluded from consideration for a discussion of collecting levels for sociology in Latin America, see the statement for Benson Latin American Collection.

D. Treatment of Subject: Biographies of sociologists, minority leaders and minority members are collected selectively; history of sociology and works on methodology are collected broadly. Upper division textbooks and works written on a popular level, including autobiographies of minority members which reveal social context, are purchased selectively. Works on the legal rights of minorities and of children are of particular interest, as are materials on the legal aspects of divorce, penology, drug use, etc.

E. Types of Material: Proceedings of symposia and international congresses, and annual reports of private or quasi-public agencies, including foundations, are purchased extensively. Statistical materials of all types are obtained in quantity, as are relevant government documents at the international, national, state and local level. Purchase of theses and dissertations is very restricted.

F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current materials, but older works of historical significance are acquired.

G. Other General Considerations: Because of the interdisciplinary character of the field, publications in sociology are of interest to many subject areas outside of sociology itself. Among these are government, economics, business, philosophy and education, in addition to those previously named, i.e., anthropology, architecture and planning, and psychology. Moreover, interdisciplinary programs frequently involve one or more areas of sociology. Examples are: ethnic studies, gerontology, and American Studies.

Important sources of research materials on the University campus include the Population Research Center, which houses an outstanding demography collection, and the Hogg Foundation, which affords unique resources for research bearing on mental health. The Tarlton Law Library collects extensively on juvenile delinquency, criminology and related subjects. Materials no longer being published (but of topical interest) are Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project reports located in the Architecture and Planning Library and the Roper Public Opinion Research Center index file located in the Sociology Department. In Austin numerous federal, state and local agencies are sources of statistical data and other information useful to the sociologist.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class.:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Demography: Social statistics are of particular importance. Geography Department also has strong interest here. HB 879-3700
PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Social Theory and Methodology; Relation to other subjects Includes sociological studies on politics, religion, science, law, education, and art. Of prime interest are: HM 1-73 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Sociology of Religion BL 60 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Political Sociology Also of interest to Government Deptartment JA 76 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Medical sociology Also of interest to students of Nursing. RA 418 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Social Change and Evolution Includes evolutionary theory and sociobiology. Also a concern of social anthropology. HM 101-121 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Social Organization and Institutions: Includes sexual life, marriage and the family, and feminism. Emphasis is on the family as well as complex organizations. HM 126-146
HQ 1-2030
PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Except: Women, Feminism HQ 1101-2030 PCL (MAIN) C [4] -
Women's Studies Social Elements, Forces, Laws: Includes human ecology, sociology of economic life, and technological development. HM 201-299 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Except: Social Psychology HM 251-299 PCL (MAIN) - See Psychology Statement
Social History; Social Problems; Social Reform: Includes the church and social problems. History Department also has strong interest i n social history. HN 1-980 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Urban Sociology HT 51-395 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Except: Community and Regional Planning HT 150.5-206
HT 330-395
Architecture - See Architecture Statement
Rural Sociology HT 401-485 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Social Stratification and Differentiation: Includes elites, middle class, occupational classes HT 601-1445 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Except: Slavery HT 851-1445 PCL (MAIN) E [5] Littlefield
Racial and Ethnic Relations HT 1501-1595 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Deviance and Social Control: Includes criminology and penology, alcoholism, drug problems. HV 5001-9920 PCL (MAIN) C [4] Sociology
Except: Social Work with Delinquents and Criminals HV 7428 PCL (MAIN) - See Social Work Statement
Police Administration and Organization HV 7936-8317
- A [1] Sociology

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