The Collection Development policy is a used as a guide to shape relevant collections and to ensure consistency in collection development. The decision to purchase library materials is primarily the responsibility of the Collections Librarian in consultation with faculty in the Department.
This policy has been developed by Michael Skelton, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Lauren Eisler, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.
To support teaching, study and research up to the Honours B.A. and M.A. levels. As program offerings generally reflect faculty areas of competence, the collection also supports faculty research interests.
- Language: primarily English language materials are collected.
- Place of Publication: priority is given to materials from Canadian or American publishers followed by British and European publishers.
- Dates of Publication: emphasis of ongoing purchases is on current publications.
- Chronological Period: coverage is from the 19th Century forward.
- Geographical Areas: priority is given to works with a North American focus, with secondary emphasis on British and European matters.
- Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized
Types, formats, and readership of materials collected
- Materials with academic-level readership are selected.
- Web-based formats for reference sources, journals and indexing sources are preferred. Print and microform are considered for reason of cost, availability, expected use or long term access.
- Single copies of books in print formats are generally selected. Web-based formats are selected on a title by title basis, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple Laurier campuses. Duplication of print across Laurier campuses 2 is generally avoided.
- Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books).
Subjects collected and collecting priorities
Collecting priorities are categorized into 3 levels:
- A - highest emphasis
- The collection includes major published materials required to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by the Department.
- B - secondary emphasis
- The collection includes a selection of materials to complement the discipline as a whole, although it may not be a primary focus for courses.
- C - selective emphasis
- Materials, including reference materials and basic journals and indexes are collected to introduce and define an area.
|Subjects collected||Classification||Collecting priority|
|International perspectives on injustice||HM146||A|
|War on drugs||HV5840 (Canada); HV5825 (US)||B|
|Collected works (nonserial)||HV6015 - HV6016||B|
|Theory and methodology||HV6018||A|
|History of the science|
|By region or country||HV6022||C|
|Communications in criminology|
|Computer network resources (including the internet)||HV6023.8||B|
|General works, treatises. (English)||HV6025||C|
|Habitual criminals, recidivists||HV6049||A|
|Delinquent women, female offenders||HV6557; HV6517; HV8738||A|
|Special, Bertillon method, general works||HV6068||C|
|Photography of criminals||HV6071; TR822||C|
|Criminal psychology||RC451.4; P68 (criminal psychiatry)||A|
|Examination of exceptional criminals||HV6112 - HV6113||B|
|Causes of crime, criminal etiology||HV6115 - HV6190||A|
|Victims of crime, victimology||HV6250.2 - 6250.4; Y68||A|
|Criminal ethnography (general - by race - Indians - North America)||HV6194; E98 C87||A|
|Crimes and offences|
|Offenses against the environment||HV6401 - HV6405||A|
|Crimes against the person (general works)||HV6493||B|
|Homicide, murder, etc.|
|History (general works)||HV6505||B|
|History (modern general works)||HV6511||A|
|History (19th - 20th century)||HV6513||A|
|Woman murderers (including woman serial murderers)||HV6517 - HV6535||A|
|Sex crimes||HV6556 - HV6593||B|
|Crimes against property||HV6638 - HV6700||B|
|Offenses against public morals||HQ 101+ (prostitution); HV5001+ (alcoholism, tobacco, drug habits)||B|
|Gambling||HV6708 - HV6727; GV1247; GV1301+; HG4626; HG6001+||B|
|Commercial crimes, financial crimes (including white collar crimes)||HV6763 - HV6773.55||A|
|Crimes and criminal classes|
|History (general works)||HV6779||A|
|History (19th - 20th century)||HV6783||A|
|By region or country||HV6801 - HV7220.5||C|
|Criminal justice administration|
|Collections of monographs, essays, etc...||HV7405 - HV7407||A|
|Communication of information||HV7412 - HV7412.4||B|
|Police, detectives, constabulary|
|History (general works)||HV7903||C|
|History (early through 1800)||HV7906||C|
|History (1801 - )||HV7909||A|
|Community policing||HV7936; C83||A|
|Police misconduct (corruption)||HV7936 C85||A|
|Racial profiling||HV7936 HV8141||A|
|Policy duty, methods of protection|
|Investigations of crimes, examination and identification of prisoners|
|General works (includes geographic profiling)||HV8073||C|
|Identification of documents, proof of handwriting||HV8074 - HV8076||C|
|Identification of other objects||C|
|Bloodstain patterns (blood stain analysis)||HV8077.5 B56; RA1061||C|
|Footprints, footwear impressions||HV8077.5 F6|
|Investigation and detection of special crimes||HV8079||B|
|General works, history and description (early)||HV8135||B|
|General works, history and description (19th - 20th century)||HV8138||A|
|By regions or countries (other than the United States)||HV8157 - HV8280.7||C|
|Penology, prisons, corrections, and documents|
|United States||HV8311 - HV8395||B|
|Other regions or countries||HV8395 - HV8480||B|
|Collected works, general||HV8491||A|
|History of penal science||HV8497 - HV8532||A|
|Forms of punishment (early)||HV8545 - HV8654||A|
|Forms of punishment (modern)||HV8693 - HV8749||A|
|Prison methods and practice||HV8751||A|
|History of the movement||HV8975||A|
|Reform literature (early through 1850)||HV8980||B|
|Reform literature (1851 - )||HV8980||B|
|Juvenile offenders, juvenile delinquency, reform schools, etc...||HV9051 - HV9230.7||A|
|Offender rehabilitation||HV 9272 – HV 9276; HV 9304; HV9307 – HV 9210 (Canada); HV 9303 – HV 9306 (US)||A|
|Rehabilitation - methods of assistance||HV9281 - HV9288||A|
|Prison industrial complex||HV 9501 – HV9510 (Canada); HV 9471 – HV 9473 (US)||A|
|Justice, equality before the law (restorative justice)||JC578||A|
|Legal / political corruption||JF1081; JF1525 C66||B|
|History of law||K140 - K165||A|
|Administration of justice, organization of the judiciary system||K2100||B|
|Judicial error (wrongful conviction)||K5560 (US); KE9440 (Canada)||A|
|Criminal law and procedure||KB3790 - KB4855||A|
|Informants||KE8468 (Canada); KF9665 (US)||B|
|Legal ethics||KK8004; KD479 - KD482||A|
|International criminal courts and tribunals||KZ6304 - KZ6332||A|
|Mass media and criminal justice||P96 C 74P96 C742||A|
|Crime in mass media||PN4784 C8||A|
|Recovered memory syndrome||RC455.2||A|
|Sex offenders - rehabilitation treatment||RC560; HV6556||A|
|Substance abuse - offender treatment||RC564||A|
|Violent offender - treatment||RC569.6 V55||A|