Collection Development Policy Guidelines
Dartmouth’s Anthropology Department awards an undergraduate major and minor, and offers over forty courses per year across the traditional four fields of the discipline. Emphasis is on archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology (particularly medical anthropology). Anthropology co-sponsors (with Linguistics) an annual foreign study program at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, focusing on Maori culture and the legacy of colonialism. There is an increasing number of Anthropology faculty with ties to Dartmouth's graduate program in Biology - specifically the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) program - and serving as adjunct faculty and mentors to EEES doctoral students.
Rauner Library has partnered with many Anthropology classes, making use of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Polar Exploration Collection. Medical anthropology classes have worked with a broad selection of historical medical texts such as Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica.(1555), and eighteenth century midwifery manuals.
Dartmouth currently has no collaborative collection program in place with any of our partner libraries. Consortial pricing through CRL, NERL, and WALDO has allowed us to purchase large online packages.
No language is specifically excluded, but most collections are English language, with additional materials in French, Spanish, and German.
Global coverage, but with a current strong interest in the Americas, Himalaya, Oceania and the Arctic.
Monographs and scholarly journals are collected most intensively, with a strong interest in documentary film. Also desirable are newspapers, magazines, sound recordings, government and NGO documents, statistical compilations, as well as full-text and bibliographic reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, and indexing services.
Print and remotely-hosted digital material are the predominant formats. Where available, electronic journals are desired so long as that format does not limit full use of the content, and there is reliable perpetual access. We select an increasing number of electronic books, but prefer print when the content is difficult to navigate as a digital file. Preferred physical formats for films include DVD, although there is an increasing reliance on licensed streaming services. While not excluded entirely, we avoid microforms and VHS unless no other option is available. At this time, we are unable to purchase digital media for local hosting.
We are fortunate to have access to several key doctoral-level collections through our Borrow Direct service, and the wider OCLC network through DartDoc.
● revised August 2016, Amy Witzel
● last revised Jan. 1995 (Greg Finnegan)
● Current selector: Amy L. Witzel
Last Updated: 9/30/16