This collection serves the needs of the Boston College Mathematics Department, as well as math-related needs of researchers and students across campus including those in the Woods College of Advancing Studies and other disciplines. The Mathematics Bibliographer works closely with the faculty library liaison appointed by the department in selection of materials based on user requests, curricular needs, and knowledge of the discipline. The bibliographer acts on purchase requests by faculty and graduate students whenever possible.
This collection spans all areas of mathematics (QA), particularly as needed to serve curricular needs, however, given the particular focus of departmental research on Algebra, Geometry, and Topology, these are the areas of greatest collecting depth. Examples of more specific collecting areas within those broader categories include:
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 American Mathematical Society, Birkhauser/DeGruyter, Cambridge University Press, CRC Press, Elsevier, the European Mathematical Society, the London Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Springer, Wiley, World Scientific, and other highly-regarded commercial and scholarly presses.
Collaborative interdisciplinary relationships in collections are seen particularly with Computer Science.
Format decisions follow the General Collection Development Policy by default, but allow for considerations of requester preference, curricular needs, and other factors.
Material purchased for the Mathematics collection are primarily English-language materials, with French and German, as needed. Older materials in all languages (particularly English, French, German and Russian) remain relevant and are maintained.
Selection focuses on current scholarship; materials covering historical research are acquired on a very limited basis.