In addition to these core holdings, the collection serves the teaching and research needs of the institution. Achievement measures, tests of language ability and language dominance, and assessment measures used in special education and early childhood education are collected to reflect research interests of the College of Education. Tests used by or approved by the Austin Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency are also of high priority for selection.
As selector for the collection, the Education Bibliographer maintains communication with faculty interests in the collection, acquires test publishers' catalogs, and reads test reviews in periodicals to keep holdings current and stay aware of trends in the field.
The test catalogs are in two parts: title and subject. Since many tests may be referred to by acronyms, the title card file includes cross references from the acronym to the correct title.
Testing materials are intended as samples for viewing; the Library does not approve of photocopying tests. The copyright limitations are noted on most tests; usually these forbid copying, either in whole or in part. Tests designated by the Education bibliographer as particularly sensitive will be marked as such. Persons wanting to use these tests must view the test in an area without access to copiers.