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SFU Library Economics collections policy

The Department of Economics provides a range of courses on economic theory, economic history, economic development, econometrics, and various other branches of economics such as natural resource economics and monetary economics.  Research by the faculty is similarly varied: examples of topics include the economics of crime and punishment, the impact of environmental regulation on the economy, the regulation of financial institutions, public policy towards business, and developing/transition economies.  The SFU Library collects materials to support the courses, research, and goals of the Department of Economics.

Economics Degrees are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.  Students may choose to study toward a minor in economics, or they may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in either the major or honours programs.  Joint majors are available with business, geography, political science, and Latin American studies.  Moreover, there is a joint honours program with business administration.  Above the undergraduate level, the Department offers Master of Arts (MA) and PhD degrees with courses in all major branches of economic research and discourse.

The Department is also involved with research centres of the Canadian Institutes for Advanced Research Program in Economic Growth and Policy, and of the Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM) group.

Collection development is the responsibility of the Economics Liaison Librarian.  Liaison with the Economics Department is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required.  Regular contact with other liaison librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.

SFU Resources

The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the major location for the University's economics collection.  In addition, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, there is a wide overlap with other SFU Library collections such as business administration, political science, and mathematics.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large economics collection comprehending many branches of the discipline.

Consortia and Document Delivery

SFU belongs to three consortia (Electronic Library Network; Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries; and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries).  Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journal articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner.  Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan Web page and from many databases.
 

General Collection Guidelines

Languages: the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Chronological guidelines: as the collection supports both historical and current research, materials covering all chronological periods will be collected.
Geographical guidelines: the international nature of economics coursework and research mandates that materials dealing with all countries and regions be collected.  There will, in addition, be specific focuses on materials that concern British Columbia and Canada.
Treatment of subject: all available treatments of the subject will be collected to varying degrees.  These include statistical, social, historical, practical, legal, etc.
Types of materials: collecting is split between books and journals.  Most common types of books such as symposium proceedings and bibliographies are collected, with the exception of items likely to be redundant (collections of previously published materials) or non-academic (hardware/software specific manuals).  There will also be a growing emphasis in the future on ejournals and Web resources.
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications.  Retrospective acquisitions are normally reserved for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: to properly support the interdisciplinary field of economics, coordination with such related areas as resource and environmental management, business administration, mathematics, and political science is important to ensure that broad information needs are met.
Other factors for consideration: none at this time.

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of the Economics teaching areas and research interests.  Subjects listed are collected to varying depths.  The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table.  A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines (above) for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library.  In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection.  A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library.  The liaison librarian, often with the assistance of the department or faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.
 

1. Humanities Division  
   a. History division  
      i. Economic History 
Books
      ii. Science & technology history division
 
         (1) Transportation history 
Forms
2. Law division
 
   a. Environmental law division
 
      i. Environmental law - general 
Forms
      ii. Natural resources law 
Forms
      iii. Natural areas law 
Forms
      iv. Mining law 
Forms
      v. Environmental impact statements law 
Forms
      vi. Oil & gas law 
Forms
      vii. Public lands (Law) 
Forms
      viii. Water (Law) 
Forms
      ix. Water rights 
Forms
      x. Ocean bottom (International law) 
Forms
      xi. Pollution law 
Forms
      xii. Other environmental law 
Forms
3. Social sciences division
 
   a. Economics division
 
      i. Economics - general 
Books
      ii. Economic conditions 
Books
      iii. History of economic thought 
Books
      iv. Economic analysis/theory division
 
         (1) Economic analysis/theory - general 
Books
         (2) Prices and price theory 
Books
         (3) Capital & wealth 
Books
         (4) Economic crisis 
Books
         (5) Interest & usury 
Books
         (6) Income & profit 
Books
         (7) Consumption (Economics) 
Books
         (8) Theory of production 
Books
         (9) Poverty 
Books
      v. Macroeconomics 
Books
      vi. Microeconomics 
Books
      vii. Econometrics & statistics 
Books
      viii. Economic growth & development 
Books
      ix. Public utilities 
Books
      x. Government ownership 
Books
      xi. Economics of industries 
Books
      xii. Privatization 
Forms
      xiii. Money & banking division
 
         (1) Money & banking - general 
Books
         (2) Inflation (Economics) 
Books
         (3) International banking 
Books
         (4) Savings institutions 
Forms
      xiv. Credit management 
Forms
      xv. Taxation division
 
         (1) Taxation – general 
Forms
         (2) Tax reform 
Forms
         (3) Tax exemption 
Forms
      xvi. Specific types of taxation
 
         (1) Income tax 
Forms
         (2) Sales tax 
Forms
         (3) Property tax 
Forms
         (4) Inheritance tax 
Forms
         (5) Gift tax 
Forms
         (6) Business taxes 
Forms
         (7) Other specific taxes 
Forms
      xvii. International economics 
Books
      xviii. Economic alliances 
Books
      xix. Economic planning/policy 
Books
      xx. Economic forecasting 
Books
      xxi. Comparative economics 
Books
      xxii. Public finance division
 
         (1) Public finance - general 
Books
         (2) Local economics 
Forms
         (3) National/local economic relations 
Forms
         (4) Regional economics 
Books
         (5) Public accounting 
Books
      xxiii. Capitalism 
Books
      xxiv. Socialist economics 
Books
      xxv. Labor economics division
 
         (1) Labor economics – general 
Books
         (2) Labor supply 
Books
         (3) Employment of specific groups 
Books
         (4) Migrant workers 
Books
         (5) Seasonal & part-time employment 
Books
         (6) Employee benefits 
Books
         (7) Employment/unemployment 
Books
         (8) Brain drain 
Books
         (9) Professionalism 
Books
      xxvi. Economics of natural resources 
Books
      xxvii. Economics of agriculture 
Forms
         (1) Economics of food supply 
Forms
4. Applied social studies division
 
   a. Education division
 
      i. Economics of education 
Forms
         (1) Educational costs 
Forms
5. Applied interdisciplinary social studies division
 
   a. Hunger 
Books
   b. Poverty 
Books
   c. Housing/Homelessness 
Books
6. Technology division 
 
   a. Mining engineering division
 
      i. Economic geology 
Forms
         (1) Assaying of minerals  Forms
7. Forestry division  
   a. Forest economics division  
      i. Forest economics - general  Forms
      ii. Forest exploitation & use  Forms
8. Career books division  
   a. Economics as a career  Forms

 
Created by MB. Last updated by TM 09/13/00.