Collection Development

Mission

The Library principally acquires materials that relate to the current College curriculum. The trend of general acquisitions today reflects the College's core identity as a highly rigorous and diverse undergraduate institution for women. Bryn Mawr has offered a graduate education since its founding in 1885, and takes seriously its historic research library status. Areas in which graduate programs are presently offered are collected deeply and broadly, as curriculum needs dictate and budgetary resources permit. The research interests of faculty are supported and encouraged, but that support is provided in a measure consistent with the curriculum. Collections in fields no longer taught will continue to be developed when they boast strong inter-disciplinary characteristics.

General Information

Collection development at Bryn Mawr involves a wide cross-section of librarians who work as liaisons with faculty in specific departments and programs. A core team of professional librarians who are responsible for acquisitions operations works closely with the liaisons. With Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, Bryn Mawr acquires "on approval" new university press books as well as books published by other selected major publishers. Jane McGarry is responsible for ordering all non-subscriptions, regardless of format or whether they are being supplied from the approval plan or via specific "firm" order.

Requests for specific materials can be sent via e-mail to booksreq.

General questions and comments concerning the Library's collection development program, as well as questions and comments concerning subscriptions may be directed to Berry Chamness.

Liaisons by Academic Department and Program:

 

Department Liason Extension

Africana Studies

Eric Pumroy

5272

Anthropology

Olivia Castello

7467

Archaeology

Camilla MacKay

7910

Arts

Arleen Zimmerle

5277

Asian Studies

Eric Pumroy

5272

Biology

Terri Freedman

5118

Chemistry

Terri Freedman

5118

Classical Languages/Classical Studies/Greek and Latin

Camilla MacKay

7910

Computer Science

Terri Freedman

5118

Economics

Olivia Castello

7467

Education

Olivia Castello

7467

English

Arleen Zimmerle

5277

Environmental Studies

Alex Pfundt

7466

Feminist and Gender Studies

Eric Pumroy

5272

French

Christine Boyland

7448

General Literature

Arleen Zimmerle

5277

Geology

Terri Freedman

5118

German

Jeremy Blatchley

7918

Growth and Structure of Cities

Jeremy Blatchley

7918

History

Eric Pumroy 5272

History of Art

Jeremy Blatchley

7918

Italian

Christine Boyland

7448

Mathematics

Terri Freedman

5118

Media/Film Studies

Arleen Zimmerle

5277

Medieval Studies

Eric Pumroy

5272

Philosophy

Eric Pumroy

5272

Physics

Terri Freedman

5118

Political Science

Olivia Castello

7467

Psychology

Alex Pfundt

7466

Russian

Christine Boyland

7448

Science, General

Terri Freedman

5118

Social Work

Olivia Castello
Alex Pfundt

7467
7466

Sociology

Olivia Castello

7467

Spanish

Christine Boyland

7448

 

Bryn Mawr College Libraries Endowed Funds

The generous support of donor endowed funds helps the libraries support the research and teaching mission of the College. The endowed funds pages list the fund names, the areas of collection support, some historical information on each fund, as well as bookplate images, as available. For reported funds, you may view a cumulative list of individual titles purchased, beginning with fiscal year 2003, by clicking on the fund's name.