Collection Development Policy Statement South Asian Studies

Selector: John Rawlings
9/16/01 rev. 2006
South Asia Collections

I. Programmatic Information

This is an English and other Western-languages collection of books published in South Asia (primarily India and Pakistan) and elsewhere, to support study and teaching and current faculty research at Stanford.

II. Coordination & Cooperative Information

Agreement between Stanford and Berkeley for South Asia 3/2/2009:

While UC Berkeley and Stanford have very different South Asia collections in terms of size and scope, nevertheless, coordinated collection development can be mutually beneficial. Based on consultations between Adnan Malik, the South Asia librarian at UC Berkeley, John Rawlings, the South Asia librarian at Stanford and John Eilts, the Middle East librarian at Stanford, the main areas that can be a source of cooperative collecting between the two libraries are:

  1. Stanford is responsible for non-English European and American publications on South Asia (Estimated LMB* savings in FY09 dollars for both libraries: $1,000 for UCB)
  2. Stanford is responsible for publications from Afghanistan. (LMB savings for UCB in F09 dollars: $8,000)
  3. UCB is responsible for publications from Pakistan (LMB savings for Stanford in F09 dollars: $4000)

Historically, UC Berkeley has collected extensively on South Asia, especially from the region itself, which has allowed it to build the largest South Asia collection on the West Coast. UC Berkeley collects not only in English and other European languages, but importantly, also in all the main South Asian languages that include Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Nepali, Sanskrit, Pali, and Persian among others. Stanford, on the other hand, collects only in English and other European languages and relies on UC Berkeley for its needs in other South Asian languages.

UC Berkeley and Stanford now extend cooperation in acquiring publications from Europe and the US. While UC Berkeley will continue to collect vernacular publications from South Asia, as well as the bulk of English publications from that region, Stanford will take charge of collecting most of the South Asia related publications produced in Europe and the US in English, French, German and Italian. Stanford will also help UC Berkeley acquire those English publications from the U.K. and U.S. that it cannot afford to get due to budget constraints.

This area (European and US prints) of cooperation is rather small compared to the scope and cost of vernacular material, and sharing funds to acquire vernacular publications from South Asia deserves further discussion, especially if Stanford’s South Asian academic program grows.

Be that as it may, there are two segments of South Asian vernacular publications where cooperation is already possible, namely, publications from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since collection responsibilities are arranged differently on the two campuses, at Stanford responsibility for Afghanistan falls with the Middle East librarian, Mr. John Eilts. Mr. Eilts and Mr. Malik agreed to share the collection effort of acquiring publications from Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially religious publications, by letting UC Berkeley take charge of Pakistan and Stanford handle Afghanistan’s Persian and Pushto publications. As a result, Stanford will cease getting publications from Pakistan and UC Berkeley will reduce its collecting from Afghanistan to a bare minimum, concentrating mostly on serials.

Finally, it makes sense for both libraries to coordinate their purchase of big ticket items, like microfilm sets of South Asian newpapers, colonial documents, private papers and other rare materials. Funds saved from avoiding duplication can be used more efficiently to expand the holdings of these materials at both libraries.

These cooperative efforts will help both libraries to ease the current budget crisis. If successful, they can lead to new areas for coordinated collection development.

*LMB: library material budget

III. Subject & Language Modifiers

Geographical: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Himalayan region.

Chronological: Largely colonial period and independence to the present.

Language: 95%+ of all purchases are English language. Vernacular publications are not currently selected except for Buddhist studies; see the Religious Studies Collection Development Policy.

IV. Description of Material Collected

Types of material collected: Primarily books. Other formats upon request. Government documents highly selectively owing to Berkeley’s strong collection.

Publication date: Current material is almost exclusively acquired.

Conspectus of the Field:

Anthropology, 3E

Art (in Art Library), 2F

Buddhist Studies see the Religious Studies statement, 4W

Economic Studies (rural development inc. intermediate technologies, migration, demographics, natural resources, agricultural economics, environmental issues only), 3E

Environmental Studies (public policy & social aspects only), 3E

Film, including movie DVDs, 3F

Geography (human ecology and rural development only), 3E

Government and Politics, 3E

Hinduism, 3E

History (include substantial scholarly collections of primary sources; peasant and caste studies, women/gender in Indian history; Himalayan region history & exploration), 3E

Islam see Middle East Collection Development Policy, 3E

Literature (studies of Anglo-Indian writers, of British literatures’s role in Indian culture, of Indian perspectives on American, British, and on non-European literatures. Creative writing in English by Indian authors.), 3E

Music & Popular Culture (i.e., cultural significance of popular music -- scholarly studies only), 3E

Journalism & Mass Media (scholarly studies on popular culture and of women; television and politics, 3E

Linguistics (sociolinguistics, language planning; grammars, dictionaries and linguistic studies of individual living languages), 3E

Philosophy and Religion, 3E

Sanskrit, 3W

Sociology and Anthropology (particularly women/caste/minority issues; human rights; ethnologies; folk culture), 3E