The Martin P. Catherwood Library (ILR) collection serves the needs of the faculty, both resident (55) and extension, and students of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations as its primary mission. Included here are graduate students working toward an advanced degree (MS, MILR, MPS and PhD) from one of the six departments within the school: Collective Bargaining, Labor Law and Labor History; International and Comparative Labor Relations; Labor Economics; Organizational Behavior; Human Resource Studies and Economic and Social Statistics. In addition the Catherwood Library serves as a resource for a diverse clientele including labor union leaders, human resource managers, legislators, faculty members from other universities and practitioners.
1. Existing Collection: ESC 5 Language F
Industrial Relations (IR) developed as a distinct academic subject nearly three quarters of a century ago. Although controversy still exists concerning its "intellectual boundaries," for our purpose it will be defined as "subfields related to the employment relationship." This includes human resource management, collective bargaining, labor law and organizational behavior.
The existing collection emphasizes all aspects of industrial relations as briefly described above. Particular strengths include collective bargaining, labor law (primarily U.S.), labor union history and human resource management. Also very strong, from an international perspective, are industrial relations material from Canada, Britain and Australia. This is especially true for British labor history.
2. Current Collecting: CCI 4+ Language W
Every effort is made to collect, as comprehensively as possible, in each of those areas where present strengths exist. Due to the multi-discplinary focus of industrial relations it is also necessary to build basic collections (level 2/3) of monographs and serials from the disciplines of economics, law, political science, psychology and sociology. Very recently greater effort has been placed on obtaining material from the Pacific Rim, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Grey literature, including that from labor unions/employer associations, relevant women's organizations and various pressure groups, is collected very extensively. Doctoral dissertations are added on a selective basis.
3. Subjects Covered: The strength of the ILR collection lies in LC class HD. It is here that titles on collective bargaining, industrial relations, labor disputes, labor economics (employment/unemployment, wage structure, discrimination, poverty, education and training, fringe benefits), labor/labor union history, contemporary trade union issues, as well as those dealing with international and comparative industrial relations are to be found. Two other "micro" areas of strength are HF5549 (human resource studies) and those components of HM where material on organizational behavior (organizations, leadership, power, social groups) is found. In addition, the collection includes LC classes HA1-200 (selective); HB-HC (very selective); HQ1060-1064, HV, HX (very selective); KF (primarily labor laws and legislation), KD, KE, KJ-KZ (very selective - again primarily labor laws and legislation); T55-60 (selective - primarily work measurements, industrial efficiency).
Geographical Information: Catherwood's collections cover he entire world, but the greatest emphasis at present is on North America and Western Europe. This will change as the ILR School embarks on a newly established "International Initiative." About two-thirds of faculty members hired since 1988 have international interests and now nearly half of the resident faculty are teaching or doing research on international topics.
Documents: The library attempts to collect, except in certain situations as noted below, a representative selection of international, national, state and even local documents. International documents are particulary strong in ILO material and Catherwood's collections from the OECD and EC are significant, as well. At the national level an emphasis is placed on acquiring statistical data relative, for example, to employment/unemployment, wages, labor union membership and strikes/work stoppages. The same holds true for U.S. State documents published by Departments of Labor, Employment Security and Workers' Compensation. Foreign titles at the state/provincial level are not collected.
4. Exclusions: No format or genre is specifically excluded; however, the library is very selective in its acquisition of textbooks and of titles less relevant to research.