The Collection Development policy is 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 Greg Sennema, Martin Luther University College Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by the Luther Library Committee, and the Dean of Luther.
- To support teaching, study and research up to the doctoral level, as well as to support faculty research
- To serve as a research resource for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, particularly in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes
- The collection of Martin Luther University College Library is integrated with the Wilfrid Laurier University Library. The official archives of the Eastern Canada Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Canada are housed in the Archives section of the Wilfrid Laurier University Library.
- Language: materials in a number of languages may be collected, but emphasis is on English, German, French, Greek, Hebrew, Latin and French. Materials related to theology, history, and church life of Latin American, Asia, and Africa will normally be sought in translation, though may be collected in the original languages where necessary.
- Place of Publication: primarily from North American and European sources with acquisitions from other countries as necessary
- Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
- Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical work are acquired
- Geographical Areas: all pertinent materials will be collected regardless of geographical area. Emphasis will be place on materials most related to the curriculum of the Seminary
- 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 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|
|Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method||BS476||B|
|Old Testament Studies: Introduction and History||BS1110-BS1140.3||B|
|Old Testament Studies: Theology and Exegesis||BS1192.5-1199; BS476||B|
|Old Testament Studies: Commentaries||BS1143-BS1158||B|
|New Testament Studies: Introduction and History||BS2280-BS2330.3||B|
|New Testament Studies: Theology and Exegesis||BS2331; BS2395-BS2417.W65; BS476||B|
|New Testament Studies: Commentaries||BS2333-BS2348||B|
|Biblical Languages: Hebrew||PJ4501-PJ4860||C|
|Biblical Languages: Greek||PA695-PA895||C|
|Historical and Systematic Theology|
|Early Church History and Theology||BR165-BR242||A|
|Medieval History and Theology||BR250-BR275.J7||C|
|General Reformation and Counter-Reformation||BR280-BR481||A|
|General Post-Reformation and Modern||BR290-BR481||B|
|Lutheran Post-Reformation and Modern||BX8065-BX8065.3||A|
|Canadian Church History||BR570-BR582.U57||A|
|Lutheranism in North America||BX8041-BX8048.3||A|
|Contemporary Christian Theology||BT65-BT85||B|
|Contemporary Lutheran Theology||BX8065-BX8065.3||A|
|Third World Theologies||BT30; BT83.57 (liberation theology)||B|
|Christian Ethics, including contemporary ethical issues||BJ1188-BJ1278.5||A|
|Marriage and Family Studies||BV835; BX2250 (Catholic)||A|
|Liturgics and Ritual Studies||BV169-BV200||B|