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SFU Library Molecular Biology and Biochemistry collections policy

The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, formed in April 2000, supports reasearch and teaching in molecular biology and biochemistry. The Faculty and Associate Faculty members of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry are drawn from diverse backgrounds in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Informatics and Physics. The Department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

The Department's course and research areas are:

Faculty research
 

Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Chemical biology
Evolution
Molecular biology
Molecular development

Molecular genetics 
Molecular phylogenetics
Molecular physiology
Population genetics
Proteomics

Graduate courses
 

Biochemistry
Bioenergetics
Bioinformatics
Biological membranes
Biomacromolecules
Biomolecules
Cellular biology
Developmental biology
Developmental genetics
Enzyme catalysis
Eukaryotes 
Evolution
Genetics
Genome mapping
Genome sequencing
Genomic analysis
Molecular biology
Molecular evolution
Molecular genetics of signal transduction
Molecular immunology 
Molecular phylogeny
Nucleic acids
Physical biochemistry 
Prokaryotes
Protein function
Protein structure
Proteomics
Spectroscopic methods in biochemistry

Undergraduate courses
 

Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biomembranes
Cellular biology
Enzyme catalysts
Enzymology
Genomic analysis
Immunology
Metabolism
Molecular biology
Molecular physiology
Nucleic acids
Physical biochemistry
Protein function
Protein structure
Proteomics

The Department has chosen to not focus in these areas: None.

Collection Development Responsibility

Collection development is the responsibility of the MBB Liaison Librarian.  Liaison with MBB 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 WAC Bennett is the major location of the University's molecular biology and biochemistry collections. 

Regional Resources

UBC and the Michael Smith Genomics Centre.

Consortia and Document Delivery

SFU belongs to three consortia (Electronic Library Network, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, 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: not applicable.
Geographic: North American and European publications, generally not Asian but some Japanese publications are of interest.
Treatment of subject:All available scholarly treatments of the subject will be collected to varying degrees. These include statistical, computer application, historical, economic, etc.
Types of materials: split between books, journals and databases.  Include relevant proceedings and lower undergraduate textbooks.  No popular material.  No more than 90% of the budget is to be spent on serials (print or electronic).  Increased emphasis on e-journals and other web resources.
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications.  Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles.
Coordination and cooperation with other library collecting areas: The Department shares faculty and areas of research with the Departments of Biological Science, Chemistry, Kinesiology and Physics.  The MBB Department will have many jointly appointed faculty.
Other factors for consideration:  None.

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

Definitions of collection levels are derived from the American Library Association's Guide for Developing Collection Policy Statements, 1989.

1. Outside the scope of the department's curricula and research
2. Peripheral to the department's curricula and research
3. Supports undergraduate courses
4. Supports masters programmes
5. Supports Ph.D. programmes and faculty research

Subjects      Levels

Acquisition of library materials is based on subject specific polices. Please see the Levels of Collecting table for details.