Date of Award

Spring 1964

Document Type



Business, Accounting & Economics


If a person were to ask a number of noted authorities what bocks in a specific field should be included in a college library, he would undoubtedly receive a multitude of answers. Therefore any attempt to analyze the contents of a library as well as to make recommendations as to what books should be added immediately encounters the problem of what sources are most reliable and should be utilized. This particular work, which will attempt to analyze the content of the Carroll College Library in the field of economics, will be based upon two major sources, the List of Books for College Libraries by Charles B, Shaw and the Catalogue of the Lamont Library of Harvard University. The problem will be approached in the following manner: after the introduction to each course, books will be listed; first those of the two series now in the library, second those which are primarily recommended, and thirdly,those books considered to be of lass importance than those previously listed. This, in essence, will be the approach of this paper. Let us first discuss Chaw’s work. Charles Shaw, in 1931, published his book entitled, List of Books for College Libraries, and in 1940 he published a supplement to this volume.

The book contains approximately 14,000 titles selected upon the recommendations of two-hundred college teachers, librarians, and other advisors, and was in conjunction with, and published by, the Carnegie Corporation of New York Shaw's approach to the subject matter is in the following manner, he first divides the book into the various fields, for example economics, which is the area of concern of this paper. Each field is in turn broken down, into three subdivisions, which include periodicals, reference books, and books according to subject. The last breakdown, books according to subject, is the basis of this paper. A major problem which has been encountered deserves mention at the offset. This is the fact that it is very difficult, or rather seemingly impossible, for an undergraduate student to make value judgements and to recommend books which he has never seen. As far as the Shaw listings are concerned, a partial solution has been found. Many of the books which Shaw recommends before 1940, and especially In the field of economics, may be obsolete and outdated today.

But by comparing this list with that of the Lamont list published in 1953, primary recommendation will be given to those books in the Shaw series which are again recommended in the Lament series. This will be the method of recommending books from Shaw's List of Books for College Libraries.