Selection Guidelines

The Price Library aspires to be a comprehensive research collection (Library of Congress Collecting Level 4), collecting not only for present needs but also for the future in anticipation of additional growth in the Jewish Studies program culminating in graduate-level research. Price is generally a Level 4 in terms of English-language materials and a Level 3 (instructional support) for Hebraica, and more selectively for works in other foreign languages. In developing this collection, the following considerations to guide decisions are applicable:

  • Cost. The Price Library does not generally purchase expensive rarities or signed, limited-issue bibliophilic or facsimile editions; as a rule, subject to case-by-case exceptions, single books or sets, regardless of date and with a cost exceeding $10,000, are not purchased unless “adopted” by a private donor.
  • Ephemera. Special efforts are made to identify and retain ephemeral pamphlets, institutional reports, research reports, newsletters, lecture series, eulogies, keepsakes, calendars, broadsides, etc. Although some titles are only available through purchase, preference will be given to gift acquisitions.
  • Language. Original works in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish will naturally comprise the bulk of the collection, though works in other languages appropriate to the subject matter are routinely added, as in the case of rabbinics, Israel, community and synagogue histories, biography and personal narratives, etc.
  • Translations. Translations into Hebrew or Yiddish from other languages are typically not acquired; exceptions might be classics or world literature or translations that could be important because the translator is a noteworthy figure, or owing to new prefatory/critical apparatus. Translations into English of Hebrew and Yiddish creative writing and non-fiction are comprehensively acquired within the subject scope of this policy statement.
  • Dissertations. Unless devoted to a subject area not extensively covered by published literature American doctoral dissertations are only acquired selectively or unless specifically requested by a faculty member or a graduate student. Israeli dissertations, typically published in exceedingly small editions for institutional and private distribution by the author, are acquired in appropriate subject areas to the extent they are available commercially. The Center for Research Libraries will be relied upon to supply all other foreign dissertations.
  • Serials are an important and valuable component of the Price Library of Judaica; the majority of these holdings are unique in Florida, if not the entire Southeast.
  • Electronic resources are considered for campus networking contingent on cost, the delivery system, special fonts or printing considerations, enhanced searching capabilities, and the anticipated use of the product by the UF community.