Steen, Lynn Arthur (ed.), Library Recommendations for Undergraduate Mathematics, MAA, 1992; xi + 194 pp, $15 (P). ISBN 0-88385-07-1. Two-Year College Mathematics Library Recommendations MAA, 1992; xi + 76 pp, $10 (P). ISBN 0-88385-077-X.
It has been 15 years since the last versions of the Basic Library Lists for four-year colleges and for two-year colleges. Meanwhile, your library may have missed acquiring some of the Essential or Highly Recommended books in these newly-revised lists. It's worth having your library or a student worker in your department check your holdings against the appropriate list, which also includes books noted as Recommended or just Listed. The numbers of titles in the categories are in the rough proportions of 1:2:4:8. The four-year list includes 3,000 volumes, the two-year list 1,200, from 15,000 initial nominations. The books are arranged under 25 major areas, broken into subareas. Each volume contains an author index, plus a short list of appropriate journals and periodicals.
This review was reprinted with permission from Mathematics Magazine, April 1992 issue.