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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

Test Collection

I. Collection Development
The collection contains a core collection of recent editions of important tests. These are representative tests included in introductory courses on educational measurement and psychology. However, because of budget limitation, some very expensive tests may not be acquired.

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.

II. Bibliographic Control
The contents of the test folders are labeled and catalog cards are made for each test by Reserves Unit staff. Minimum information for each test includes: title, number of pieces in folder, publication date, and whether a manual is included.

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.

III. User Access
Efforts are made to insure that the ethical and legal requirements for test use are met. The collection is intended for the use of students in subject areas which deal with standardized tests, faculty members whose field is concerned with standardized tests, and other library users whose training qualifies them to examine tests. Usage of the collection is limited so that the validity of tests is not compromised. The collection is maintained in a file which is not open to users, and users must present identification to charge out tests.

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.

Test Collection Procedures

  1. Collection Development
    • In consultation with the faculty, the Education Bibliographer selects new tests to be acquired.
    • Tests or parts of tests with are found to be missing from the collection and which are still needed are also acquired.
    • The Education Bibliographer is responsible for acquiring test publishers' catalogs and typing requests for gifts and orders.

  2. Bibliographic Control
    • Tests are received by the Education Bibliographer, who notes special instructions and needed cross-references.
    • A reserve staff member processes the test materials. This includes making labels for the folders and title and subject cards for the catalog. Cross references are made as instructed. As noted in the policy statement, information for each tests includes title, number of pieces in folder, publication date, and whether a manual is included. Subject headings will be based on Mental Measurement Yearbooks. If these tests are not listed in MMY, the Education Bibliographer will supply the subject headings to be used.

  3. Circulation
    • Reserve staff members count the number of pieces per folder prior to and after each circulation. The Education Bibliographer is notifies when items are missing.
    • For items labeled as restricted, Reserves staff members require the user to view the test in the Reserve stacks/staff area without access to a photocopier.

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