The library's collection development policy is intended to guide staff in developing a cohesive, well-balanced collection that is tailored to meet the educational, training and research requirements of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). It also serves to inform library users, the broader fire and emergency management communities, and the general public about the breadth and depth of the library's resources.
The planned development of a library collection requires the consistent application of a stated policy. The library, which operates within the framework of institutional goals, must respond to institutional change.
With due regard to the availability of resources through consortia, interlibrary loan, and other emergency management information services, the library aims to develop, in all appropriate fields, a collection of the highest degree of excellence, both qualitative and quantitative.
For financial reasons, fully meeting the aim described above may not always be possible. Therefore, the library will observe the following general guidelines in developing its collection:
The collection development table below helps define the scope of collection and to specify the degree of coverage for each area of our collections.
The basic statement of the collection policy is expressed in terms of broad subject fields defined in the library thesaurus. For each subject, a code is given to indicate the level of collecting intensity.
The four levels of collecting intensity are:
|Arson / Juvenile firesetting||Comprehensive|
|Codes and standards (fire)||Comprehensive|
|Emergency Medical Services||Comprehensive|
|Fiction (fire, disaster)||Basic|
|Fire behavior / Dynamics||Basic|
|Firefighter health and safety||Comprehensive|
|Firefighting operations – Strategy and tactics||Comprehensive|
|Fire Prevention – Public education||Comprehensive|
|Fire Prevention – Public safety||Comprehensive|
|Fire Protection – Inspections||Comprehensive|
|Fire protection – Systems||Comprehensive|
|Geographic information systems||Basic|
|Higher education – Fire service, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|Human behavior and fire||Research|
|Human resource management (general)||Basic|
|Incident command – Decisionmaking||Comprehensive|
|Instructional course design||Basic|
|Juvenile literature (fire)||Basic|
|Lessons learned – Fire, EMS, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|Mass evacuation / Crisis relocation||Comprehensive|
|Military operations other than war||Research|
|Personal protective equipment (PPE)||Comprehensive|
|Planning – Strategic, master||Research|
|Recovery / Disaster assistance||Comprehensive|
|Resiliency / Critical infrastructure||Comprehensive|
|Risk communications/Social media||Comprehensive|
|Stress management (general)||Research|
|Terrorism (no overseas focus)||Research|
|Training – Fire, EMS, emergency management||Comprehensive|
|Wildland urban interface||Comprehensive|
Library materials may be any of the following items:
In addition to the scope statements referenced in the above Collection Development table all or some of the following criteria or factors influence the selection of materials acquired for the library:
For more information about the library’s collection development policy, please contact our staff at 301-447-1030.