To provide guidance regarding levels of intensity for collecting materials within the various academic disciplines, the APSU Library uses the Research Libraries Group (RLG) Conspectus model. The RLG Conspectus is a system of collecting levels employing a uniform set of descriptors for use within collection development plans created for each academic department or program at APSU. The collecting levels are described below. It should be noted that these collecting levels are aspirational goals, and thus are subject to the usual limitations of changing resources, in particular budgetary restrictions.
|Level Title & Description
|This level is typically used for non-academic collections such as the popular reading books.
Basic Information Level:
|This level is used for disciplines in which some materials are desired, but for which APSU does not have degree programs.
|Instructional Support Level:
A collection that in a university is adequate to support undergraduate and most graduate instruction, or sustained independent study; that is, adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of works of more important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, and reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject. In American law collections, this includes comprehensive trade publications and loose-leaf materials, and for foreign law, periodicals and monographs.
|Most degree programs at APSU fall within this level.
Research Level:A collection that includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research, including materials containing research reporting, new findings, scientific experimental results, and other information useful to researchers. It is intended to include all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs, as well as a very extensive collection of journals and major indexing and abstracting services in the field. Older material is retained for historical research. Government documents are included in American and foreign law collections.
|Support of new doctoral level programs is a challenging aspirational goal that will take many years to realize fully.
|APSU does not collect at the comprehensive level.