Collection Development Statement

Last updated July 2020


The collection’s primary function is to support teaching and research in the Whiting School and engineering-related labs/centers/institutes across JHU.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the Whiting School of Engineering, offers a BS in Electrical Engineering, BS in Computer Engineering, and BA, as well as an MSE and PhD, plus a part-time/online MS in ECE and two certificates through the Whiting School’s Engineering for Professionals program.

  • Focus areas at Homewood include control and network systems, image and signal processing, language and speech processing, microsystems and computer engineering, and solid state electronics and photonics

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject Areas Supported

This collection supports:

  • Most engineering departments and programs across JHU, especially BME and Mech E
  • Whiting School’s Engineering for Professionals (EP) program
  • Engineering-related labs/centers/institutes such as Locomotion in Mechanical and Biological Systems (LIMBS) laboratory, and Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR)


This collection supports all patron groups from freshmen through research faculty.

As with most other Whiting School departments, ECE has an enormous amount of interdisciplinary courses and research. For example, in addition to the usual topics and the focus areas listed above, course offerings include Engineering Solutions in a Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal Context; Design of Biomedical Instruments and Systems; and Feedback Control in Biological Signaling Pathways.

As of 2020, faculty research areas include diabetic retinopathy; ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging; light delivery systems; image-guided surgery; theoretical neuroscience; pattern analysis and machine intelligence; microsystems technologies, devices, sensors, and integrated circuits; audio segmentation; emotion recognition and health applications; sound processing in complex environments; auditory scene analysis; neuromorphic engineering; and computer vision.

Subject headings include signal processing, printed circuits, electric relays, power electronics, electric motors, logic circuits, and semiconductors.

The selector is always on the lookout for introductory/general books about foundational topics such as imaging processing, signal processing, electronics and circuits, etc., which are especially useful for lower-level undergrads and beginning grad students.

Because of the importance of the journal literature to research in engineering, serial subscriptions are given collection priority. Online databases and reference works are preferred over print. Monographs are purchased selectively, almost entirely in electronic format, based on relevance to departmental teaching and research, and user requests.

  • The main call number range is the TK7800’s

Formats Selected

The department has a strong preference for online resources. Research periodicals are preferred, and reference works include literature databases, databases of searchable textbooks and handbooks, and individual handbooks.

Individual standards requested by faculty or students are occasionally purchased in print, if they are not held in one of our electronic sources or obtainable through ILL. After several steps, the bound print copy is eventually housed in the Libraries Service Center (LSC), and is available to circulate and be borrowed through ILL. (Standards also support Homewood offices such as JH Lab Safety.)

Preferred formats:

  • Journals
  • Conference proceedings
  • Literature and specialty databases

Material acquired by request or selectively:

  • Books
  • Reference works
  • Handbooks
  • Textbooks
  • Standards

Material not collected:

  • Biographies
  • Ephemera
  • Histories
  • Juvenile works
  • Manuscripts
  • Microform
  • Pamphlets
  • Preprints
  • Workbooks

Languages Collected


Chronological or geographical focus

Emphasis is on current and recent scholarship.



Subject Librarian

Sue Vazakas