Collection Development Statement

Last updated July 2020


The origins of business education and the supporting library collection at Johns Hopkins University precede the creation of the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, followed by the Carey Business School, and the Center for Leadership Education in the Whiting School of Engineering.  Historical context exists in Peter Petersen’s book:  From inkwell to Internet: 90 years of teaching business administration at Johns Hopkins University (1916-2006).

The primary intent of the business collection is to support the curricular and research needs of the Carey Business School and the business related programs in the Whiting School of Engineering.  Beyond the main constituents served, the collection supports joint degree programs and faculty appointments, and the overlapping, known needs of faculty, staff and students in other schools, departments, programs and offices across the university. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of business, the humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering disciplines all use this collection. Researchers who are unaffiliated with the business programs (e.g. History) use many of the items in the designated call number ranges.  Collaboration is great to support the growing emphasis in economics, innovation, data analytics, technology, health care, medical devices and biotechnology across the university.

Departments/Disciplines/Programs/Subject Areas Supported

  • Carey Business School, including its joint degree programs and faculty appointments with other schools and departments.
  • Maryland Institute College of the Arts (MICA)—joint degree program in Design Leadership
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • A&S Economics Department, including its Center for Financial Economics
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics, including its Financial Math program
  • Center for Leadership Education (Whiting School of Engineering)
  • MS Engineering Management (Whiting School of Engineering)
  • Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (Whiting School of Engineering)
  • Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Biotechnology, Applied Economics, Communications, Nonprofit Management, Government Studies and Engineering for Professionals
  • Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures Office
  • Career Development and Life Planning Services (university-wide)
  • Faculty, staff and students in university’s other departments and offices as needed
  • Selected Relevant Subject Areas: Business, Management, Leadership, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Negotiation, Conflict Management, Decision Making, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Design Thinking and Leadership, Marketing, Advertising, Product Development, Consumer Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Enterprise Risk Management, Operations, Logistics, Information Systems, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Statistical Analysis, Data Analytics, Accounting, Finance, Financial Econometrics, Financial Math, Economics, Health Care Management (and related aspects), Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Engineering Management, Real Estate, Career or Life Planning, Public Finance, Public Administration, Technology Commercialization, Company and Industry Research, Business Law


The business collection’s print, media and electronic resources have grown substantially over time. Despite use of other materials and formats, electronic resources, data and statistical resources are the highest priority in this field.

This collection statement mainly addresses the resources that supplement electronic databases and datasets.

  • Primary LC Classification Ranges: HD, HF, HG, HJ; Some overlap with H, HA, HB, HC and other ranges.
  • The library proactively acquires print monographs (books) published by JHU faculty authors.
  • Access to electronic books in Catalyst (JHU Libraries’ catalog) largely depends on the provision and acquisition of titles through evidence-based, on demand arrangements with selected vendors, plus subscriptions to electronic collections of selected publishers.
  • Selected print book purchases supplement where electronic copies are unavailable through those services. Discretionary print book selections are contingent on:
    • Requests from faculty, staff or graduate students
    • Matches on parameters set for vendor’s approval plan or notification slips
    • Subject selector’s decisions based on various criteria (Example: importance in field, cost, format, scope, need, known gaps to fill, Choice review ratings, budget parameters)

Formats Selected


  • Online-mainly driven by evidence-based or on-demand services, plus some subscribed collections
  • Print– where online is unavailable or permanent copy is essential for collection
  • S. paperback editions preferred

Serials (Journals, Magazines, Directories):

  • Mainly electronic where possible
  • Print, if electronic is unavailable, not replicated online as needed, too expensive, or not archived

Films: Videostreaming collections or copies preferred, DVDs if only available

Microfilm: Archives of newspapers, magazines

Items not Acquired:

  • Frequently published editions of textbooks, unless by discretionary exception, faculty request or Course Reserves need only; Acquired exceptions would exclude: older editions, instructor editions, and sample copies intended for review or purchase decisions only
  • Software manuals
  • Individual market research or industry reports
  • Individual business school case studies (e.g. Harvard Business School cases)
  • Multiple copies of books and films, except on case-by-case basis or to support simultaneous demand by multiple locations
  • Spiral bound or loose leaf format
  • Pamphlets
  • Popular books
  • Juvenile books
  • Reprints, unless they include new introduction or are replacing missing, worn or damaged items
  • Compilations of previously published works

Languages Collected

English only, although other subject selectors may acquire items in other languages.

Chronological or Geographical Focus

Chronological Focus: Current or recent focus mainly, 21st century, content with significant historical relevance (Examples: business cycles, market crashes, important events, significant people, major company histories, company scandals or demises). History librarians or area studies specialists traditionally have supported business history and economic history.

Geographical Focus: U.S. and global level mainly; region-specific or country-specific only if supporting important topics, the curricula, and known needs of the relevant populations or programs.


Beyond the populations served, key collaborations include:

  • Sheridan Libraries’ Social Sciences Committee
  • Librarians for Economics Department, Advanced Academic Programs, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Advanced International Studies, GIS & Data Services
  • Borrow Direct member libraries
  • Sheridan Libraries’ Course Readings Service and Interlibrary Loan Service

Subject Librarian

Heather Tapager
Academic Liaison Librarian, Business
Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University