This collection serves the needs of the Boston College Computer Science Department, as well as computer science-related needs of researchers and students across campus including those in the Woods College of Advancing Studies and other disciplines. The Computer Science Bibliographer works closely with the CS faculty in the selection of materials based on user requests, curricular needs, and knowledge of the discipline. The bibliographer acts on purchase requests by faculty whenever possible.
This collection spans all areas of Computer Science (Q 300 - 390, QA 75.5 - 76.95), particularly as needed to serve curricular needs. However, given the focus of departmental research, the following are the areas of greatest collecting strength:
Selection favors materials from high quality scholarly publishers, regardless of country of origin or location of research. The most important publishers in the field include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, IEEE, Springer-Verlag, Wiley and others. Digital library packages of journals such as IEEE Xplore and ACM Digital Library, along with conference proceedings, provide a strong core of current and historical collections supporting Computer Science. E-book content in the Springer Computer Science collection, O'Reilly Online Learning and other resources provide monograph and technical books support.
Collaborative interdisciplinary relationships in collecting are seen particularly with Mathematics, as well as with Biology in the area of bioinformatics. Collaborative relations will expand with with the opening of the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science & Society.
Format decisions follow the General Collection Development Policy by default, but allow for considerations of requester preference, curricular needs, and other factors.
Materials purchased for the Computer Science collection are primarily English-language materials, with some exceptions, as needed.
Selection focuses on current scholarship; materials covering historical research are acquired on a very limited basis.