III. General Results
The statewide collection map begins with an overall look at the collection. This view of the Illinois collection sees it as a single, statewide collection, which means that each title in the state is counted only once. An overall look at that collection is presented in the next two pages. Here are some results of that study:
- It is clear that, for books in Illinois, the traditional humanities – language and literature, history, philosophy and religion – are the largest subject areas. They make up nearly 45% of the collection.
- Art and architecture, performing arts, and music, humanities subject areas as well, are not quite so large in Illinois. Explanations for the art and architecture monographs might include the expense of books in that area. Music, traditionally dependent on books, shows up low because many of the titles are scores, not cataloged as monographs. The performing arts are relatively new as a separate field.
- Business and economics are also large, with nearly 10% of the collection. One research library found that the explanation for this large number lay in the fact that HB, economic theory, a heavily monographic field, is included in this division.
- The subject areas are very healthy, with only the subject areas that are traditionally more dependent on journals than monographs showing lower numbers of books. The smallest subject division statewide still holds over 30,000 titles.
- Biological science, which is heavily dependent on journals, nevertheless shows up in the middle of the subject areas in size in the statewide collection. One explanation is the botany and ecology books which are included in this section.
- Physics, thought to be heavily journal dependent, also shows up just below biology, but astronomy and some of the general materials on physics may offer an explanation.
- The social sciences are also quite healthy, with the traditional social sciences – geography, political science, sociology, education and anthropology – making up a little more than 14% of the statewide collection.