26  ·  Survey Results:  Survey Questions and Responses
Immigration History Research Center focuses on materials produced by immigrants to the United States. While we have
large collections of materials produced after immigration, we only have large collections of “global resources” produced
outside of the US from post-World War II displaced persons.
Latin American Studies include Iberia—Spain & Portugal. East Asian Studies include Southeast Asian Studies. West
European Studies include Scandinavia/Norden. Slavic & East European Studies include Central Eurasian Studies.
Mainly using LC programs in South East Asia and Middle East.
Middle Eastern Studies has been a focus in only the last five years. There is a special interest in audiovisual materials at
Iowa, given the stature of our film school. We have started adding more electronic databases for Japanese and Korean
collections. West European, Slavic and East European, and Central Eurasian Studies collection activity is limited to
known faculty interests, requests, and basic (English language) coverage.
Other than Earth Sciences and the Latin American Collection, the Map Librarian acquires maps; some are supplied
through the LC Cooperative Acquisitions Programs. For the digitized material, we acquire as one-time purchases when
possible; e.g., some Alexander Street Press and Adam Matthews databases and each section of the World Newspaper
Archive.
South Asia Collection: Buy materials in all formats, according to content and scholarly worth/potential.
The United States National Archives is the repository for the permanently valuable records of the Federal government
and Presidential materials from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush, essentially no materials published outside the
United States.
There are few electronic monographs available in the vernacular in the world areas we collect. A US or European
publishing model cannot be applied.
We also collect comprehensively on Global Studies because we have a large undergraduate major in this subject.
We also collect rare print and manuscript material for South Asia, Judaica, Latin America, Middle East, and West
European.
We’re actively collecting spatial data, although our print map collecting is more limited.
We are interpreting digital to be digitization of things originally published outside the US or photographs taken by non-
US photographers. Tibet is included under China and is not a separate field or focus.
We are just about to begin collecting Chinese e-books.
We do not collect according to geographic areas. Our selectors are subject specialists who collect in whatever media is
available from whatever area of the world it is available to support curricular and research needs.
We do not collect any materials of significance published outside Canada or the US in any of these areas.
While our significant graduate research collection strengths are in Africana and Western European Studies, our
collections are extensive enough to provide some resources in almost all of these areas.
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