Germanic languages & literatures collection development policy

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Program information

The Department offers a full program through the graduate level in the literatures and culture of German-speaking Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day. The field is strongly interdisciplinary, reaching into areas such as history, philosophy, art history, political theory. Courses on the history of German film are also integrated into the department's program.

Faculty research addresses all periods of German literature and culture from medieval times to the twenty-first century.

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

Guidelines for Collection Development

1. Chronological

All periods.

2. Formats

Monographs and serials, in all formats (including Hörbücher). Dissertations, very selectively. Habilitationsschriften are generally acquired. The Library organizes and maintains collections of subject-based Internet links useful to students and scholars. Sites devoted to German literature are included in the German Studies page. When dvd's and videos are acquired, preference is given to versions with subtitles and in formats compatible with U.S. players.

3. Geographical

The Library acquires German, Austrian and Swiss imprints.

4. Language

Primarily German and English.

5. Publication dates

Emphasis is of necessity on current materials, although selective retrospective purchasing is undertaken as circumstances require and funds allow.

Principal sources of supply and major selection tools

The Library has an active approval plan with Otto Harrassowitz for current publications in German language and literature. This is augmented by use of their bibliographic form selections.

Selective works in contemporary fiction in Dutch/Flemish are received primarily through a small approval plan with Coutts.

  • Subjects collected and levels of collecting

    Subjects Collected Levels of Collecting
    Old German Dialects, Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian 4/3F
    Dutch Language and Literature 2/2F
    History of the German Language 4/3F
    German Literature
    Medieval German 3/3F
    Baroque 3/3F
    18th Century 3/3F
    19th Century 3/3F
    20th Century 3/3F
    Contemporary belles lettres 3F
    Literary theory 3/3F
    Cultural studies 3/3F
    Film 2/3F
    Minority studies in German literature 2/3F

Cooperative arrangements

The Joseph Horner Memorial Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania is an important local resource with approximately 86,000 volumes and notable strengths in German-Americana and nineteenth-century German popular fiction.

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