Collection Development Policy (2007)


The collection development policy of the Florida State University College of Law Research Center attempts to reflect the institutional goals of the College of Law and the University. Its primary responsibility is to support the educational and research functions, present and future, of the College of Law and the University.

The collection development policy does not try to reduce selection to a mechanical process, but rather to provide a broad framework guiding all who participate in the process. While a coherent and directed materials selection process is desirable, all of the particulars with the written policy statement are subject to modification to meet the needs of users or to respond to changing circumstances affecting the Research Center.

A note about information formats:

In recent years emphasis in collection development has shifted from paper and microformat to electronic resources. The Research Center has purchased Hein Online, the entire set of BNA Online databases, LLMC Digital, The Making of Modern Law and the U.S. Supreme Court Briefs, the CCH Internet Research Network, and a variety of other legal databases. We also benefit from databases licensed by other Florida State University departments, such as JSTOR, the CIS Congressional Hearings Retrospective, and the RIA Checkpoint tax databases, and from purchases by the Florida Center for Library Automation for the entire state university system. These databases do not fit neatly into our previous collection parameters.

In making decisions about whether to purchase a database and whether to continue to acquire paper or microform copies of items now available electronically, the Research Center staff consider factors such as cost, ease of access, pedagogical needs, and faculty research interests. For access to electronic databases, IP access to all FSU faculty and students is preferred; however, if the cost is prohibitive, IP access only within College of Law buildings (along with password access for College of Law faculty as needed) may be selected. In all collection decisions, our goal is to provide the College of Law with the most effective research tools in the most cost-efficient manner.

2. Levels of Collection Intensity

In setting levels of collection intensity, the Research Center shall use the collection level codes formerly established by the Research Libraries Group (RLG). Few areas of the collection will be developed at level 5; most areas collected will be at levels 3 or 4; many areas within the law conspectus will not be collected at all. Level definitions are taken from the RLG conspectus.

  1. Level 5 - Comprehensive Level. A collection in which the library endeavors, so far as is reasonably possible, to include all significant works in the defined field. This level of collecting intensity is one that maintains a "special collection"; the aim, if not the achievement, is exhaustiveness. Older materials are acquired for historical research. This level is reserved for a very small number of subjects for which the Research Center has or seeks to have historically extensive collections.
  2. Level 4 - Research Level. A collection which includes all materials and information required for faculty and law student instruction and research, including dissertations, graduate papers, and independent research. It allows for an expansion of the faculty and advanced student research programs in any way these may develop in the future. It includes the major published source materials required for independent research, all basic reference works and a wide selection of monographs, as well as an extensive collection of journals. Older materials may be acquired for historical research.
  3. Level 3 - Instructional Support Level. A collection which is adequate to support instruction in law and research at the J.D. level. It usually consists of a selection of reference tools, and extensive collection of primary legal materials and documents, the most important monographs, and a selection of the outstanding journals in the field. Historical material need not be acquired. The emphasis is on building current and representative collections adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject of limited or generalized purposes but less than scholarly research.
  4. Level 2 - Basic Information Level. A collection of up-to-date general materials which will aid readers' immediate understanding of a subject and will serve to introduce readers to the subject and to other sources of available information. Such a collection might include reference tools, handbooks, or texts or a combination of these, in the minimum number which will serve the purpose. A basic information collection is not sufficiently intensive to support instruction in any course in the subject area involved.
  5. Level 1 - Minimal Level. A subject area in which only a few basic works and works specifically requested by faculty members are collected.

3. American Law - Criteria by Form

    1. Federal. Collect in paper all published decisions of all federal courts.
    2. States. Collect at least one complete set of all state cases as published in the National Reporter System. Excepting Florida, do not collect reprints of National Reporter System by state.
    3. Selective law reports. Collect complete annotated reports (including associated digests and finding aids) such as ALR and its predecessors.
    4. Topical Law Reports. Selectively collect topical law reports based on whether reported opinions are also contained the West Regional Reporters and convenience of use. E.g., BANKRUPTCY LAW REPORTER.
    5. Finding aids and citators. Collect in paper the current WEST’S FEDERAL PRACTICE DIGEST, WEST’S FLORIDA DIGEST, and SHEPARD’S FLORIDA CITATIONS.
  2. BRIEFS AND RECORDS. Collect complete set of records and briefs in microformat and/or electronic file of following courts:
    1. United States Supreme Court
    2. Florida Supreme Court
    1. Federal. Collect court rules of all federal courts comprehensively.
    2. Florida. Collect court rules of all Florida courts comprehensively.
    1. Federal.
      1. Session Laws. Collect federal session laws, e.g., STATUTES AT LARGE, U.S.C.C.A.N.
      2. Statutory compilations. Collect statutory compilations, e.g., U.S.C., U.S.C.A., U.S.C.S.. Retain single copy of replaced volumes. Discard pocket parts of U.S.C.A. or U.S.C.S. when replaced.
    2. Florida.
      1. Session Laws. Collect multiple copies of session laws.
      2. Statutory compilations. Collect multiple copies of FLORIDA STATUTES, WEST'S FLORIDA STATUTES ANNOTATED and one copy of LEXISNEXIS FLORIDA ANNOTATED STATUTES. Retain two copies of replaced volumes of FLORIDA STATUTES and single copy of replaced volumes of all editions of FLORIDA STATUTES ANNOTATED. Discard pocket parts of F.S.A. when replaced.
    3. Other states.
      1. Session Laws. Retain one copy of earlier session laws of all states in microfiche. More recent session laws are available on Hein Online.
      2. Statutory Compilations. Collect current statutes in paper copy for selected states. Access to other state statutes will be via the Web, Westlaw, Lexis, and LexisNexis Academic.
      3. Florida Municipalities and Counties. Collect charters, ordinances and codes of City of Tallahassee and Leon County in paper copy. Retain one copy of replaced editions. Access to other Florida municipal and county ordinances will be via the Web.
      4. Special subject compilations. Collections of statutes from a single jurisdiction or from several jurisdictions relating to a specific subject will be collected only if they relate to a subject of special interest to Research Center users, significantly improve access to the materials, or include materials or features not otherwise available.
    1. Federal.
      1. Legislative debates and proceedings.
        1. Collect Congressional Record in microformat
        2. House and Senate Journals. Collect complete sets in microformat.
      2. Committee Hearings, Reports, Documents, Prints, etc. Current reports are available on the Web and in various subscription databases. Retain serial set and CIS microfiche (cancelled at end of 2007) for older reports, hearings, etc.. Earlier hearings are available via CIS Congressional Hearings Retrospective (online). Consider subscription to CIS Prospective Hearings.
      3. Senate and House Bills. Collect current bills in microformat; acquire retrospectively as funds permit.
    2. Florida.
      1. Senate and House Journals. Collect Journals as they become available.
      2. Senate and House Bills. Retain bills and finding aids in paper for 1967 - 1997. Bills 1998 - present are available on Florida Legislature website.
      3. Reports, Hearings, Staff Analyses. Retain 1989-1997 legislative staff analyses on microfiche. Documents 1998-present are available on the Florida Legislature website.
    3. Other States. Do not collect unless subject is especially important to research or instructional needs.
    1. Federal. Collect complete sets of all published federal administrative decisions, including both bound volumes and advance sheets. Acquire older, i.e., pre 1950, decisions in microformat if available.
    2. Florida. Collect all published decisions of Florida administrative agencies.
    1. Federal.
      1. Federal Register. Discard paper edition of Federal Register on receipt of microformat edition
      2. Code of Federal Regulations.
        1. Collect Code of Federal Regulations in paper.
        2. Retain one copy of all editions of the Code of Federal Regulations.
      3. Special Subject Compilations of Federal Regulations. Collect special subject compilations of federal regulations only if they relate to a subject of special interest to Research Center users, significantly improve access to the materials, or include materials not otherwise available.
    2. Florida.
      1. Registers. Collect all issues of Florida Administrative Weekly, and like materials. Keep one copy of each; fill retrospective gaps to extent possible.
      2. Administrative Codes. Collect all editions of Florida Administrative Code. Keep one copy of replaced pocket parts or looseleaf pages. Fill retrospective gaps to extent possible.
    3. Other States. Georgia is the only state other than Florida for which we currently purchase administrative rules and regulation.
  8. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS (non-decisional).
    1. Federal. Collect reports of all federal agencies having legal significance, e.g., S.E.C., F.T.C., Civil Rights Commission.
    2. Florida. Collect reports of all Florida agencies having legal significance, e.g., Secretary of State.
    1. Federal. Collect complete sets of the Official Opinions of the Attorney General, including advance sheets, and the Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States, as well as all other relevant reports issued by the Attorney General.
    2. Florida.
      1. Published Opinions. Collect all published reports and opinions of the Attorney General, including advance sheets or slip opinions.
      2. Other Publications. Collect all publications issued by the Florida Attorney General.
  10. CONSTITUTION CONVENTIONS AND REVISIONS. Collect the papers of constitution revision commissions from all states, preferably in microformat.
  11. STATE LEGISLATIVE STUDIES. Collect legislative council and law revision reports from all states, prefer those which are substantial studies (e.g., California and New York Law Revision Commission). Prefer microform editions.
  12. RESTATEMENTS. Collect all current Restatements in multiple copies, including tentative drafts, Restatement in the Courts. Collect retrospectively in single copy. Retain existing A.L.I. ARCHIVES on microfiche; current subscription provides access via Hein Online.
    1. Current Multi-Jurisdictional or Federal Treatises. Collect one copy of selected current multi jurisdictional or federal legal treatises produced by reputable publishers; add duplicates as dictated by patron demand or faculty recommendation.
    2. Non Current Multi Jurisdictional and Federal Treatises.
      1. Selectively collect one copy of works considered classic, recommended in a reputable bibliography or frequently cited in contemporary legal sources;
      2. Collect one copy of works relating to subjects in which the Law Library aims to establish an exhaustive collection (see part IV infra);
      3. Collect other works as required by special circumstances such as faculty research or absence of materials on the subject.
  14. TREATISES AND PRACTICE BOOKS APPLICABLE TO FLORIDA. Collect a broad selection of materials, whether current or not, relating to Florida law, regardless of form or level of sophistication. Duplicate such materials as dictated by need.
  15. TREATISES AND PRACTICE BOOKS OF OTHER STATES. Very selectively collect current materials relating to the law of those states for which the library collects in depth preferring those which provide substantive documents of the law over those which are intended as aids to the practicing attorney.
  16. FORM BOOKS. Selectively collect Florida legal and procedural form books. Discard when replaced.
    1. Selectively collect one copy of current multi-jurisdictional law student texts on subjects related to the curriculum.
    2. Do not collect study aids. E.g., GILBERTS.
    1. Acquire one copy of required casebooks used in law school course.
    2. Collect in general only if casebook contains
      1. Primary materials not readily available elsewhere in collection,
      2. Substantial commentary by the compiler, or
      3. Topics not adequately treated in other forms.
  19. PUBLICATIONS, including ethics opinions, of BAR ASSOCIATIONS and like groups. Collect published materials of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and their sections.
    1. Selectively collect substantial Anglo American legal periodicals with emphasis on titles indexed in the INDEX TO LEGAL PERIODICALS AND BOOKS and LEGALTRAC, including institutes and annuals. Current issues of periodicals available in Hein Online will be discarded once the issue is available in Hein Online.
    2. Collect the law reviews of all A.B.A. approved law schools.
    3. Select foreign jurisdiction law titles where there is faculty demand.
    4. Selectively collect journals of bar associations and other legal organizations on microfiche.
    5. Selectively collect journals in disciplines related to law, e.g., economics, sociology, which are of high scholarly quality, contain frequent legal or law related materials, and are cited with relative frequency in legal materials and which are not available online.
    6. Non legal journals available in other campus libraries should be acquired only when frequency of demand suggests title should be acquired by Research Center.
    7. Acquire very selectively popular magazines and state and national newspapers. Keep temporarily.
    1. Selectively collect newsletters of interest to faculty on broad subjects from reputable publishers.
    2. Selectively collect library science newsletters to support the research or job responsibilities of the Librarians.
  22. LAW FOR THE LAY PERSON, i.e.,"do it yourself" works.
    1. Selectively collect materials of the "do it yourself" genre which relate to Florida law.
    2. Selectively collect "do it yourself" materials of multi-jurisdictional scope, acquiring only those which could be useful to Florida residents.
    3. Do not collect "do it yourself" materials which are limited in scope to the law of other jurisdictions.
    1. Definition. Those materials consisting of individually replaceable pages that are updated six times or more each year on a regular basis.
    2. Criteria for Selection.
      1. Topic inadequately covered by the West National System.
      2. Topic subject to frequently changing governmental regulation.
      3. Topic in which bound monographs are not updated frequently enough to keep up with major changes in the field.
      4. Collect no more than one looseleaf service in a specific area unless the area receives heavy use and the services are widely accepted as authoritative.
      5. Other considerations
        1. Services available through Web-based products to which we subscribe, such as BNA Online and CCH Internet Research Service, are not collected in print unless there is a specific need for paper copy.
        2. Initial and upkeep costs of the service.
        3. Cost of filing.

4. American Law - Criteria by Subject

The projected depth of the collection in various broad subject areas is outlined in this section. The subject area designations have been borrowed, with modifications and additions, from Recommended Publications for Legal Research published annually by Rothman. For each subject area, the level of collection intensity is indicated by the collection level codes established by the Research Libraries Group (RLG). The level of collection development is indicated by the number in parenthesis following the subject heading. For more information about the collection development levels, see Section II of this policy.

Level 5 - Comprehensive Level
Level 4 - Research Level
Level 3 - Instructional Support Level
Level 2 - Basic Information Level
Level 1 - Minimal Level

This subject listing also indicates call numbers within the collection within which this subject is classified.

1 Administrative Law
(4); KF 5401-5425
2. Admiralty
(2); KF 1096-1114
  Agency. SEE Business Enterprises.
3. Alternative Dispute Resolution
(3); KF 9084
4 American Indian Law
(2); KF 8201-8228
  Antitrust Law. SEE Trade Regulation.
5 Banking Law
(3); KF 966-1032
6 Bankruptcy
(3); KF 1515
7 Biography
  Focus on U.S. Supreme Court justices, Florida lawyers and judges, U.S. and foreign judges and other prominent or influential persons in legal or law-related fields.
8 Business Associations/Corporations
(3); KF 1355-1480
  a. Agency
(3); KF 1341-1348
  b. Nonprofit Institutions
(3); KF 1388-1390
  c. Partnership
(3); KF 1365-1381
  Church and State. SEE Constitutional Law.
  Civil and Political Rights. SEE Constitutional Law.
9 Civil Procedure
(3); KF 8810-9075
  a. Federal Jurisdiction
(3); KF 8840-8858
  b. Injunctions
(2); KF 9014
  c. Remedies
(3); KF 9010
10 Coastal and Ocean Law
(3); KF 5627
11 Commercial Law/UCC
(3); KF 871-890
  a. Commercial Paper
(3); KF 956-962
  b. Sales of Personal Property
(3); KF 914-915
  c. Secured Transactions
(3); KF 1046-1062
12 Conflict of Laws
(3); KF 410-418
13 Constitutional Law
(4); KF 4501-5130
  a. Church and State
(4); KF 4865-4869
  b. Civil and Political Rights
(3); KF 4741-4785
  c. First Amendment
(3); KF 4770
14 Consumer Law
(3); KF 1039-1040, KF 1601-1610
15 Contracts
(3); KF 801-951
  Copyright Law. SEE Intellectual Property
  Corporations. SEE Business Enterprises
  Corporate Tax. SEE Taxation
16 Courts/Judicial Administration
(3); KF 8700-8735
  a. U.S. Supreme Court
(5); KF 8742-8745
  Creditor's Rights. SEE Bankruptcy.
17 Criminal Law and Procedure
(3); KF 9201-9760
  a. Juvenile Law
(3); KF 9771-9827
18 Disability Law
(2); KF 480, KF 3469
19 Economic Analysis
  a. Law and Economics
(3); K 487
20 Education Law
(2); KF 4101-4257
21 Elder Law
(2); KF 390
22 Entertainment Law
(3); KF 4296
  a. Film Law and Finance
(3); KF 4302
23 Environmental Law
(3); KF 3775
  Estate and Gift Tax. SEE Taxation
  Estate Planning. SEE Trusts and Estates
24 Evidence
(4); KF 8934; Florida evidence KFF 540
25 Family Law
(3); KF 501-553
  Federal Jurisdiction. SEE Civil Procedure.
  First Amendment. SEE Constitutional Law.
26 Florida Law
(4); KFF
  a. Florida Administrative Practice
(4); KFF 440
  b. Florida Civil Practice
(4); KFF 537-555
  c. Florida Criminal Practice
(4); KFF 561-575
  d. Florida Dissolution of Marriage
(4); KFF 100
  e. State Constitutional Law
(4); KFF 401-402
  Food, Drug, Cosmetic Regulation. SEE Social Legislation.
  Gratuitous Transfers. SEE Trusts and Estates.
  Health Law. SEE Medical/Legal
  Housing Law. SEE Land Planning/Zoning.
27 Human Rights
(3); JC571, K3230-40, KJC5132-35, KF4745-50
28 Immigration Law
(3); KF 4800-4848
  Injunctions. SEE Civil Procedure
29. Insurance Law
(3); KF 1146-1238
30. Intellectual Property
(3); KF 2971-3192
31. International Trade
(3); KF 1976, KF 3943
  International Taxation. SEE Taxation
  Judicial Administration. SEE Courts/Judicial Administration.
32 Jurisprudence
(4); K 226-237, KF 379-382
  Juvenile Law. SEE Criminal Law and Procedure
33 Labor and Employment
(3); KF 3301-3464
34 Land Planning/Zoning
(3); KF 5698
35 Housing Law
(2); KF 5721-5740
  Land Transfer. SEE Property
  Law and Economics. SEE Economic Analysis.
36 Legal Education
(3); KF 292-361
37 Legal History
  a. American Legal History
(3); KF 350-374
  b. English Legal History
(2); KD
38 Legal Profession
(3); KF 297-334
  Professional Responsibility/Legal Ethics
(3); KF 306
39 Legal Research and Writing
(3); KF 240-251
40 Literature and Law
41 Local/Municipal Government Law
(3); KF 5300-5332
42 Media Law
(3); KF 2750
43 Medical/Legal
(3); KF 3800-3829
  a. AIDS and the Law
(3); KF 3803
  b. Health Law
(3); KF 3821
  c. Psychiatry and Law
(3); KF 2910
44 Military Law
(2); KF 7201-7755
  Mining Law. SEE Natural Resources.
45 Natural Resources Law
(3); KF 1681-1873
  a. Oil and Gas Law
(2); KF 1801-1873
  b. Water Law
(2); KF 5569
  Nonprofit Institutions. SEE Business Associations
  Oil and Gas Law. SEE Natural Resources.
  Partnership. SEE Business Associations.
  Partnership Taxation. SEE Taxation.
46 Product Liability
(3); KF 1296
  Professional Responsibility. SEE Legal Profession
47 Property
(4); KF 560-720
48 Land Transfer & Finance/Real Estate Transactions
(3); KF 665
  Psychiatry and the Law. SEE Medical/Legal
  Real Estate Transactions. SEE Property.
  Remedies. SEE Civil Procedure.
  Reproductive Technology. SEE Women and the Law
  Sales of Personal Property. SEE Commercial Law.
  Secured Transactions. SEE Commercial Law.
49 Securities Regulation
(3); KF 1066-1084
50 Social Legislation
(3); KF 3600-3986
  a. Food, Drugs, Cosmetics Regulation
(2); KF 3861-3896
  b. Poverty Law
(3); KF 3720
  c. Worker's Compensation
(3); KF 3613-3615
51 Sports Law
(3); KF 3989
  State Constitutional Law. SEE Florida Law.
52 Statutory Interpretation
(3); KF 425
53 Taxation
(4); KF 6271-6645
  a. Corporate Tax
(3); KF 6461-6465
  b. Estate and Gift Tax
(3); KF 6571-6572
  c. International Taxation
(3); KF 6419
  d. Partnership Taxation
(3); KF 6452
54 Torts
(3); KF 1246-1327
  a. Toxic Torts
(3); KF 1299
55 Trade Regulation
(3); KF 1601-1668
  a. Antitrust Law
(3); KF 1631-1657
56 Trial Advocacy
(3); KF 8914-8915
57 Trials, Famous
(2); KF 220-228
58 Trusts and Estates
(3); KF 726-750
  a. Estate Planning
(3); KF 746-750
  b. Gratuitous Transfers
(3); KF 753
59 Water Law
(2); KF 5569
60 Women and the Law
  Workers Compensation. SEE Social Legislation.

5. Foreign Law - Criterial by Jurisdiction

The projected depth of the paper and microform collections for various foreign law jurisdictions is outlined in this section. (This document does not indicate electronic databases purchased for specific jurisdictions. Faculty and students seeking legal materials for foreign jurisdictions also make use of the foreign law materials in LexisNexis and Westlaw.) For all jurisdictions, materials in English are favored where available unless another language is specifically requested. For jurisdictions not listed, the Research Center collects only materials in English on the legal system and/or business law. The level of collection intensity for materials in listed jurisdictions is indicated by the collection level codes established by the Research Libraries Group (RLG). The level of collection development is indicated by the number in parenthesis following the subject heading. For more information about the levels, see Section II of this policy.

Level 5 - Comprehensive Level
Level 4 - Research Level
Level 3 - Instructional Support Level
Level 2 - Basic Information Level
Level 1 - Minimal Level

This listing also will indicate call numbers within the Research Center collection for this subject.

1 Jurisdictions Collected.
  a. China and Hong Kong
(2); KNN-KNR
  We collect statutes in Chinese and English for the Peoples Republic of China, and a variety of monographs and treatises
  b. Commonwealth Caribbean
  This collection was begun in connection with the work of the Caribbean Law Institute, directed by Professor Elwin Griffith. The Research Center has decided to maintain it because many of these titles are not widely available in American law libraries. For these jurisdictions we collect all published compilations of statutes or cases available in paper or microform. The collection includes the following jurisdictions:
  Antigua & Barbuda KGK
Bahamas KGL
Barbados KGL
Belize KGA
Bermuda KDZ
British Virgin Islands KGL
Cayman Islands KGM
Commonwealth of Dominica KGP
Grenada KGR
Guyana KGN
Jamaica KGT
Montserrat KGT
St. Christopher & Nevis KGW
St. Lucia KGW
St. Vincent & The Grenadines KGW
Trinidad & Tobago KGX
Turks & Caicos Islands KGY
  c. European Union
(3); KJE
  We collect important documents and treaties, cases, and monographs and treatises on a variety of topics.
  d. United Kingdom
(3); KD
  We collect statutes, cases of national interest, and a variety of monographs and treatises, including historical materials

6. International/Transnational Law

This section includes works on Roman law, theocratic legal systems, comparative law, international organizations, public international law and other works on law that transcend national boundaries.

1 Ancient Law
(1); KL
2. Aviation/Space Law
(2); (new) KZD, (old) JX 5768
3 Canon Law
(1); KBG
4 Comparative Law
(3); K 558-559, KDZ (North America)
5 Compilations of Laws
6 Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)
(3); K 7000-7720
7 International Organizations
(3); KZ 4935-5272
8 United Nations
(3); (new) KZ 4935-5272, (old) JX 1976
9 Jewish Law
(1); KBM
10 Law of the Sea
(3); (new) KZA, (old) JX 4408-4419
11 Public International Law
(3); (new) KZ, (old) JX
12 Roman Law
(2); KJA
13 Treaties
(3); (new) KZ 118-194, (old) JX 120-236

7. Law Related Materials

[only bold faced items acquired systematically]

1 Accounting
(1); HF 5601-5695
2 Agriculture
(1); S
3 Art
(1); N
4 American History
(1); E-F
5 Bibliography
(3); Z
6 Economics
(2); H-HJ
7 Education
(1); L
8 General Works (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Almanacs, Yearbooks)
(2); A
9 History (other than American)
(1); D
10 Library Science
(2); Z
11 Literature (relating to law or legal questions
(2); PN, PR, PS, PZ
12 Medicine
(1); R
  a. Medical Ethics/Bioethics
(3); R, RA
13 Military Science
(1); U
14 Philosophy
(1); B-BJ
15 Political Science
(2); J
16 Psychology
(2); B-BJ
17 Religion
(1); BL-BX
18 Science
(1); Q
19 Sociology
(1); HM-HX
20 Technology
(1); T

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