Collection Development

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Collection Development



A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in social welfare, social policy and administration, theory and practice of social work, family therapy, children and youth services, ageing, human behaviour and the social environment. We also support cross-disciplinary studies jointly offered by the Department of Social Work and Social Administration with other departments and centres particularly in the areas of public health and safety, public administration and social policy. The Collection supports the needs of undergraduate students, graduate students, PhD and post-doctorate students, faculty and researchers.

Areas of established specialization are gerontology, mental and physical health, family intervention, social work education, and social welfare in China.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for Social Work are at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools and scholarly series extensively; periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, VCDs, DVDs and videocassettes selectively; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations).
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications

    extensively, and earlier materials, selectively.

  3. Chronological Focus: All
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and Chinese-language materials selectively. All others are collected very selectively.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect Hong Kong, UK and North American materials extensively and other materials, selectively.