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College of Business Collection Development Policy

Librarian: Mary Grosch

I. Academic Programs Served

A. Departments served: Accountancy, Finance, Management, Marketing and Operations Management and Information Systems.

B. Degrees offered in subject area: B.S. Degrees in Business Administration, Accountancy, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management and Information Systems; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Master of Accounting Science, and Master of Science in Taxation in Accounting.

II. Clientele Served

A. Principal department(s) with interest in this field; undergraduate, graduate, faculty, general public interest. There are approximately 3,900 undergraduate majors in the College of Business, with about 620 of those being pre-business students who have declared intent to major in business. There are approximately 800 graduate students in business programs, with about 550 of those in the MBA program and 250 in the other M.S. programs.

B. Interdisciplinary interest (referrals to and from other areas): There are a number of students pursuing the Minor in Business Administration while seeking a major outside the College of Business. In addition, there are non-business majors enrolled in business administration courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

III. General Collection Policy Considerations

A. Languages collected; language exclusions

Library collections have been focused almost exclusively on English language publications. This has been done since almost all significant general works in business published originally in foreign languages will appear in English translation within a short time. Also, most major publications in the business area are published in an English speaking country.

B. Chronological emphasis

Because of the professional focus of the College of Business, collections have tended to focus on current materials that are useful in analyzing present policies and practices of business organizations. Longitudinal data, particularly in the Finance area also have been collected.

C. Geographical limitations or priorities; exclusions

Geographically, heavy emphasis has been placed on materials from the United States but there is a growing emphasis on information from other countries in the world.

D. Formats of materials collected; formats excluded

1. Monographs are the heart of most library collections. Some monographs in series may be acquired on standing order at a reduced price.

2. Textbooks need not be rejected on principle, but should be acquired if they are clearly superior to other presentations of the same material.

3. Academic Dissertations are useful if they address topics of broad interest. All too many are on obscure, narrow subjects. Dissertations are listed in Dissertation Abstracts International and in a number of scholarly journals.

4. Government Publications of importance from the federal and Illinois governments are received free of charge because of our depository status. Non-depository items, and publications of other states, foreign countries and international organizations may be of value.

5. Periodicals are suggested but not actually ordered by the departments. A number of journals are now available in electronic format.

6. Reference materials are purchased mainly from the College of Business monograph and serials budgets.

7. Videos can be useful, especially for class presentations.

8. Microforms are usually less expensive than printed equivalents and save space. However, it is difficult to browse through them.

E. Publication dates of material collected

Publication dates of material collected should focus on the present and recent past (past 5 years). Since Business or Economic History is not a major focus of the College of Business, items older than 10 years should not be ordered unless there is a special purpose.

IV. Collecting Levels

  • Subject: Accounting
    LC Class(es): HF 5601 - 5690
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  • Subject: Public Accounting
    LC Class(es): HJ 9701 - 9995
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  • Subject: U.S. Law of Corporate Accounting
    LC Class(es): KF 1446
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  • Subject: U.S. Law of Taxation
    LC Class(es): KF 6200 - 7200
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  • Subject: Business Education
    LC Class(es): HF 1101 - 1400
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  • Subject: Business Math and Correspondence
    LC Class(es): HF 5691 - 5751
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  • Subject: Typing, Shorthand
    LC Class(es): Z 49 - 102
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  • Subject: Office Management, Secretarial Work
    LC Class(es): HF 5546 - 5548
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  • Subject: Managerial Economics
    LC Class(es): HD 58.5
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  • Subject: Computer Programming
    LC Class(es): QA 76
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  • Subject: Statistical Theory
    LC Class(es): QA 273 - 295
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  • Subject: Computer in Business
    LC Class(es): HF 5548.2
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  • Subject: Economic Theory
    LC Class(es): HB
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* Includes only works specifically for managers. Economics Theory HB, is relevant to the managerial economics courses.

  • Subject: General Aspects of Finance*
    LC Class(es): HG 1 -200
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  • Subject: Money
    LC Class(es): HG 201 - 1500
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  • Subject: Banking
    LC Class(es): HG 1501 - 3690
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  • Subject: Foreign Exchange
    LC Class(es): HG 3691 - 3809
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  • Subject: Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Trust Companies
    LC Class(es): HG 3810 - 4000
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  • Subject: Investment, Capital Formation, Speculation
    LC Class(es): HG 8011- end
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  • Subject: Insurance
    LC Class(es): HD 1375 - 1400
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  • Subject: Real Estate Business
    LC Class(es): HJ
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  • Subject: Public Finance
    LC Class(es): KF 956 - 1086
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  • Subject: U.S. Law of Financial Institutions
    LC Class(es): KF 1146 - 1238
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  • Subject: Bibliographies on Finance
    LC Class(es): Z 7164.F3**
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**Bibliographies on finance currently received are classified in HG

  • Subject: Production Theory*
    LC Class(es): HD 19 - 100
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  • Subject: Industry, Labor*
    LC Class(es): HD 2321 - 8999
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  • Subject: Business Organization and Administration
    LC Class(es): HF 5500 - 5549
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  • Subject: Business in General
    LC Class(es): HF 5001 - 5414
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  • Subject: U.S. Labor Law
    LC Class(es): KF 3301 - 3580
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  • Subject: Law of Industrial Regulation
    LC Class(es): KF 1600 - 2970
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  • Subject: Law of Contracts
    LC Class(es): KF 801 - 951
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  • Subject: Marketing*
    LC Class(es): HF 414 - 5499
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  • Subject: Physical Distribution*
    LC Class(es): HF 5761 - 5770
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  • Subject: Advertising*
    LC Class(es): HF 5801 - 6191
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  • Subject: Statistical Data
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  • Subject: Economic Conditions
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  • Subject: Specific Industries
    LC Class(es): HD 9000 - 9999
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  • Subject: Commercial Geography
    LC Class(es): HF 1015 - 1051
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  • Subject: Commerce by Country
    LC Class(es): HF 3001 - 5000
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  • Subject: Bibliographies on Marketing **
    LC Class(es): Z 7164.M18
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**Bibliographies on marketing currently received are classified in HF

V. Other Resources

A. At NIU - Southeast Asian Collection

B. Off Campus

Materials from the Center for Research Libraries, business libraries of other Illinois Universities and specialized subject collections of business collections. Also, Information Delivery Services provides access to virtually any source, monograph or serial, in a timely manner.