Revised August 2012
The 300s is one of the largest Young Adult areas collected because young
adult social problems, services, and subjects of interest to young adults
- 300 Social sciences. Social sciences is a large, diverse collection.
Research topics of current social concerns such as terrorism, racism,
violence, sibling rivalry, and young adult pregnancy and parenthood
are developed and maintained. Gender issues of homosexuality and young
adult sexuality are also developed and maintained. All AIDS information
should be kept current.
- 310 Statistics. Not developed.
- 320 Political science. This area is minimally developed to
meet research needs on constitutional rights and interpretations, immigration,
and civil rights. Explanations of political thoughts and theory through
history such as Karl Marx and federalism are maintained.
- 330 Economics. Works on historical information of industrialization,
child labor, labor leaders, and women in the workforce are maintained.
Titles about environmental issues and famous environmentalists are maintained.
Information for working young adults and advice for investing for the
future are developed and maintained.
- 340 Laws. Information regarding laws of interest to young adults
is developed and maintained. Topics of world law through the United
Nations and war crimes are maintained. Works on the United States Constitution
are maintained and interesting research cases such as school prayer,
legal rights of children, and privacy issues are developed and maintained.
Books on the judicial system and citizens' rights to fair trials are
- 350 Public administration and military science. Public administration
topics are not developed. Works on the United States military with a
focus on the different branches and their special units such as the
Green Berets, women in the service, and fighter pilots are developed
and maintained. A historical overview of some battles and wars, the
Civil War, WWII, and the Vietnam Conflict are maintained with special
focus on the daily life of the soldier.
- 360 Social problems and service associations. This Dewey classification
has a significant body of information directed towards young adults.
Topics such as substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, smoking), abortion,
suicide, violence, pornography, domestic violence, disabilities, AIDS,
sexual abuse, adoption, and homelessness are developed and maintained.
Information on volunteering and careers in social services is maintained.
Report information on topics such as prisons, genocide, young adult
crimes, and bias crimes is developed and maintained. Environmental concerns
such as acid rain, hazardous waste, greenhouse effect, and garbage disposal
are heavily developed and maintained.
- 370 Education. This small collection is maintained with a focus
on school success.
- 380 Commerce, communications, transportation. This small collection
is maintained with a focus on careers of current interest. Career databases provide up to date and interactive information for teens.
- 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore. This area is popular with
young adults for costumes and fashion sources. Etiquette is minimally
developed. In the 398s folklore is maintained with an emphasis on Grimm
and Aesop's tales and many country tale collections. Native American
and African American tales, and Arthurian stories are also maintained.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- limited availability of material for young adults meeting the criteria
of visual appeal and appropriate vocabulary.
- electronic/Internet sources availability.
- new works.
- budget constraints.
- circulation statistics.
- patron requests.
- present and potential relevance to young adult patrons.
- shelf space.
- This area needs a focused retention and weeding plan since the subjects
covered vary in their need to be kept current.
- All social problems, career topics, and social issues (environmental)
are weeded every three to four years.
- When considering the 350s and 390s (military and customs and folklore),
significant sources on military history, customs, and folklore of the
world, including those of Native Americans and African Americans, are