Conspectus Definitions

The following definitions are used in all Foley Center Librarycollection assessment activities. 

Conspectus Collection Depth IndicatorDefinitions Fifth Edition, 7/8/96

 0 Out of Scope: Library does not intentionallycollect materials in any format for this subject

  • 1  MinimalInformation Level: To support minimal inquiries about thissubject, the following are included:
    • a very limited collection of materials including monographs andreference works.
    • Periodicals directly dealing with this topic and in-depthelectronic information resources are not collected.
    • The collection should be frequently and systematically reviewed forcurrency of information. Superseded editions and titles containingoutdated information should be withdrawn. Classic or standardretrospective materials may be retained.

1a---- Minimal level, uneven coverage
1b ---- Minimal level, even coverage

  • 2 Basic Information Level: to introduce and define asubject, to indicate the varieties of information availableelsewhere and to support the needs of general library users throughthe first two years of college instruction, the following areincluded:
    • a limited collection of monographs and reference works;
    • a limited collection of representative general periodicals;
    • access to a limited number of owned or remotely accessed electronicbibliographic tools, texts, data sets, etc.
    • The collection should be frequently and systematically reviewed forcurrency of information. Superseded editions and titles containingoutdated information should be withdrawn. Classic or standardretrospective materials may be retained.

2a---- Basic information level,Introductory
2b ---- Basic information level, Advanced (Appropriate forcommunity college students)

  • 3 Study or Instructional Support Level: To provide knowledgeabout a subject in a systematic way, but at a level of less thanresearch intensity and to support the needs of general libraryusers through college and beginning graduate instruction, thefollowing are included:
    • an extensive collection of general monographs and referenceworks;
    • an extensive collection of general periodicals and a limitedcollection of representative specialized periodicals;
    • limited collections of appropriate foreign language materials,e.g., foreign language learning or foreign language materials abouta topic like German history;
    • extensive collections of the works of better-known writers andselections from the works of less well-known writers;
    • access to an extensive collection of owned or remotely accessedelectronic bibliographic tools, texts, and data sets.
    • The collection should be systematically reviewed for currency ofinformation and to assure that essential and significantinformation is retained including significant numbers of classicretrospective materials.

3a---- Basic study or instructional supportlevel (Adequate to support lower division undergraduatecourses)
3b ---- Intermediate study or instructional support level(Adequate to support upper division undergraduate courses; notadequate for master's degree programs)

  • 4  ResearchLevel: To provide a collection that contains the majorpublished source materials required up to and through dissertationand independent research levels, the following are included:
    • a very extensive collection of general and specialized monographsand reference works;
    • a very extensive collection of general and specializedperiodicals;
    • extensive collections of appropriate foreign languagematerials;
    • extensive collections of the works of better-known writers as wellas other important but less well-known writers;
    • access to a very extensive collection of owned or remotely accessedelectronic resources, including bibliographic tools, texts, anddata sets.
    • Older material is usually retained for historical research and isactively preserved.
  • 5 Comprehensive Level: To provide a collection thatmaintains a "special collection" on this topic, the following areincluded as far as is reasonably possible and in all applicablelanguages:
    • exhaustive collections of published materials;
    • very extensive manuscript collections;
    • very extensive collections in all other pertinent formats.
    • Older material is retained for historical research and is activelypreserved.
    • A Comprehensive Level collection can serve as a national orinternational resource.