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Youth Collection

I. Purpose:
To provide a working collection of children's and young adults' literature to serve the certification needs of undergraduates and to support specific graduate courses in library and information science.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: Primarily English, with some emphasis on Spanish language tests or bilingual texts suitable for teaching Spanish-speaking students. Other foreign languages are acquired only in a highly selective manner and are usually chosen for some significant feature other than the text, e.g., outstanding illustrations, unusual format or presentations, etc.

B. Chronological Guidelines: None

C. Geographical Guidelines: None

D. Treatment of subject: Includes materials directed toward the younger child (grades k-3) or toward the pre-adolescent (grades 4-6) and adolescent (grades 7-12) reader. Adult books of interest to young adults are cataloged in The University of Texas Libraries collection.

E. Types of Materials: Print and non-print media, basic reference tools, and selected examples of periodicals for children and young adults. All Newberry and Caldecott Award books and all Newberry and Caldecott Honor Books are acquired. Books receiving other distinguished awards are acquired as possible.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Literature: See Footnote 1 B Library Science
Picture Books: See Footnote 2 B Library Science
Folklore: See Footnote 3 B Library Science
Factual Works: See Footnote 4 A Library Science
Exception:Biography, puppetry B Library Science -See also the statements for the Benson Latin American Collection, the Center for American History and the Library Science Collection.

Footnote 1:
Includes novels, junior novels, poetry, drama.

Footnote 2:
Includes wordless picture books, for beginning-readers, concept books, alphabet books, counting books, Mother Goose and nursery rhymes, and other books in picture or picture-story format.

Footnote 3:
Includes traditional folk tales of the United States and all other countries, folk songs, ballads, superstitions, riddles, jokes, folk arts and crafts, mythology, legends, hero tales, and other types of folk expression.

Footnote 4:
Acquire selectively. Representative works in a variety of informational areas are sought.

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