ERIC Number: ED371756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-5
Reference Count: N/A
Ward Edwards Library's Materials in Communication Disciplines: An Assessment.
The Ward Edwards Library of Central Missouri State University attempts to collect the materials necessary to support classroom needs and faculty research. This assessment gauges how well the library print collection supports the Department of Communication, in which undergraduate majors and postgraduate degrees are offered in a total of 85 courses. An overall review of library holdings indicates that it has 69% of the holdings suggested by "Books for College Libraries." A comparison of seven subject bibliographies in communications finds the collection fairly well balanced. In addition, the collection holds 69% of the listed communication journals. A survey of faculty opinion (about 20 faculty members) finds these highly useful. While the collection appears to be at a level that affords instructional support, the Communication Department has purchased only approximately 150 nonserial items for each of the past 3 years. This number seems too low to continue to support instruction in a field that changes so rapidly. Careful management will be needed to maintain the present collection level, and greater financial resources are required. Two tables list book holdings in Communication. Appendixes contain a list of courses in Communication and the survey results for faculty opinion of journals. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg.