Resources are selected to support the instructional and research needs of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology (GDCB). GDCB is one of the ISU departments that focuses on life sciences research. “GDCB focuses primarily on biological function at the cellular and subcellular level, using molecular, genetic, computational and biochemical approaches to understanding biological function. At ISU, GDCB overlaps with and complements the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology (BBMB) at the molecular scale and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at the organismal scale.” (http://www.gdcb.iastate.edu/info/about.html) The department is involved in undergraduate programs (Biology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Genetics) and offers graduate work leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, there are many other programs at Iowa State University (ISU) whose faculty and students use this collection.
The types of materials collected for the department support a wide range of activities, from undergraduate education to faculty research needs. The types of material must therefore vary from popular non-technical literature in the fields of genetics, development, and cellular biology to extremely specialized material used by in depth researchers.