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SFU Library Mechatronic Systems Engineering collections policy

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Offered only at SFU Surrey, and one of the first programs of its kind in North America, Mechatronic Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering program that uniquely integrates three engineering fields – mechanical, electrical and software engineering – for the development of electromechanical products and systems.

The School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering provides the opportunity for study towards degrees at the BASc, MASc, and PhD levels. There are also two double degree options available to undergraduate students: MSE-Business (for BASc. and B.B.A. degrees) and MSE-Design (via a partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University).

Research by faculty and students tends to fall into the following categories: bio mechatronics, intelligent systems and control, energy systems, products and systems design, and micro and nano mechatronics.

Collection development is the responsibility of the Mechatronics Liaison Librarian. Liaison with the department is maintained through the departmental library representative and direct contact with other faculty members when required.

SFU Resources

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library at the Surrey campus is the major location for the Mechatronics Systems Engineering collection. This collection is supplemented by the University's Engineering collection, which is located at WAC Bennett Library (Burnaby), as well as Computing Science locations at both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses. A significant number of our relevant scholarly books are purchased in e-book format, providing accessibility to these materials to a wide range of library users, regardless of physical location. SFU Library's e-book collection is complemented by our wide range of online resources such as journals and databases.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large Engineering collection covering many branches of the discipline. A range of Engineering standards beyond SFU's collection can be found at various academic libraries in the lower mainland.

Consortia and Document Delivery

The SFU Library benefits from active participation in several library consortia. Specifically, the SFU Library participates in the following:

  • BC Electronic Library Network, representing 30 post-secondary libraries in BC
  • Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), representing 20 university libraries in western Canada
  • Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), representing 73 university libraries across Canada

Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journals articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner.  Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines

Language:   the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Treatment of subject: history of, practical, political, computer applications, statistical/mathematical, economics of, business/management/administration, legal aspects, medical aspects, social aspects, teaching of college or postgraduate level, general, psychological aspects
Types of materials: collecting is split between books and journals, with an emphasis on e-journals and online resources.
Date of publication: emphasis is on current publications.  Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main classes of Library of Congress Classification for areas collected by the SFU Library in support of the teaching areas and research interests in Mechatronics. The areas 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 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.

 CLASS K - LAW    
 K1490 - Design protection  Books
 K1500-1578 - Industrial property  Books
 KD1345 - Design protection  Forms
 KD1360-1445 - Patent law and trademarks  Forms
 KE2905 - Design protection  Books
 KE2908-2999 - Industrial property  Books
 KF3096-3165 - Patent law  Forms
 QA75.5-76.95 - Electronic computers. Computer science  
 QA402 - General works     Forms
 QA801-939 - Analytic mechanics  Forms
 QC120-168.86 - Descriptive and experimental mechanics     Forms
 QC235-241 - Vibrations     Forms
 QC251-338.5 - Heat  Forms
 QP517 - Special topics, A-Z  Forms
 R856-857 - Biomedical engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation  Forms
 RM950 - Rehabilitation technology  Forms
 T14.5 - Social aspects  Forms
 T14.7-33 - History  Forms
 T36 - Women in technology  Forms
 T173.2-174.5 - Technological change  Forms
 T174.7 - Nanotechnology  Forms
 T351-385 - Mechanical drawing. Engineering graphics  Forms
 TA157-158.3 - Engineering as a profession  Forms
 TA158.5-158.7 - Communication in engineering  Forms
 TA165 - Engineering instruments, meters, etc.  Forms
 TA168 - Systems engineering  Forms
 TA174 - Engineering design  Forms
 TA175 - Drawings and designs  Forms
 TA177 - Engineering models  Forms
 TA177.4-185 - Engineering economy  Forms
 TA190-194 - Management of engineering works  Forms
 TA329-348 - Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis  Forms
 TA349-359 - Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics  Books
 TA401-492 - Materials of engineering and construction  Forms
 TJ - Mechanical engineering and machinery  Forms
 TJ163-163.12 - Mechanical and electrical engineering combined  Books
 TJ163.13-163.25 - Power resources  Books
 TJ163.26-163.5 - Energy conservation  Books
 TJ163.6-163.95 - Power (Mechanics)  Books
 TJ164 - Power plants (General)  Forms
 TJ170-179 - Mechanics applied to machinery.  Dynamics  Books
 TJ181-210 - Mechanical movements  Books
 TJ210.2-211.495 - Mechanical devices and figures  Books
 TJ227-240 - Machine design and drawing  Books
 TJ807-830 - Renewable energy sources  Books
 TK - Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering  Forms
 TK5102.9 - Signal processing  Forms
 TK5981.5 - Active noise and vibration control  Forms
 TK7875 - Microelectromechanical systems  Books
 TK7882.P3 - Pattern recognition systems  Forms
 TP248.13-248.6 – Biotechnology  Forms
 TS155-194 - Production management  Forms