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 Michael Skelton, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Kathleen Cameron, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.
- To support teaching, study and research up to the graduate level, as well as to support faculty research
- Areas of special interest must include: algebra, analysis & topology, applied mathematics, computer science, financial mathematics, geometry, operations research, statistics & probability. Within each specific area individual faculty members may make recommendations for items to be included in the collection.
- Language: Primarily English language materials are collected. Important publications primarily in French, German, Spanish and Russian will also be considered either in their original language or in translation if available.
- Place of Publication: emphasis is placed on Canadian or American publishers first, then British and European
- Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
- Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical works are acquired
- Geographical Areas: no restrictions
- 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, juvenile, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books). Titles already held by the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph may be excluded.
- The following items, as they apply to Mathematics, will only be considered for inclusion in the collection upon the request of the Mathematics faculty:
- Proceedings of conferences, symposia, international congresses, etc.
- Selected Canadian and American theses
- Reports of non-governmental organizations such as research centres, university departments, etc.
- Numeric and/or spatial data
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 (Undergraduate)||Collecting priority (Graduate/Faculty)|
|General||HA1 - HA28|
|Theory and method||HA29 - HA32|
|Mathematical models, mathematics of investment||HG4515.2 - HG4515.3||B||B|
|Future markets (general works)||HG6024.A3||A||A|
|General||QA1 - QA74||C|
|Applied mathematics (i.e. business and other disciplines)||QA39.2||A||A|
|Popular work, elementary education||QA77 - QA149||C|
|Algebra (general)||QA150 - QA272||A||B|
|Combinatorics, combinatorial analysis||QA164 - QA167.2||A||A|
|Group theory||QA174 - QA183||B||B|
|Number theory||QA241 - QA247.5||B|
|Commutative rings and algebras||QA251.3|
|Non-commutative rings and algebras||QA251.4|
|Associative rings and algebras||QA251.5|
|Nonassociative rings and algebras||QA252 - QA252.5||A|
|Game theory||QA269 - QA272.5||A||A|
|Probabilities||QA273 - QA273.67||A||B|
|Stochastic processes||QA274 - QA274.8||A||A|
|Theory of errors, least squares||QA275||A||A|
|Mathematical statistics||QA276 - QA280||A||A|
|Decision theory||QA279.4 - QA279.7||B||B|
|Time series analysis||QA280||A|
|Interpolation, sequences, series||QA281 - QA296|
|Analysis (general)||QA299.6 - QA439||A|
|Calculus||QA303 - QA316|
|Functional analysis||QA319 - QA329.9||A|
|Theory of functions||QA331 - QA355|
|Differential equations||QA370 - QA380||A||A|
|Continuous groups (of transformations), infinitesimal transformations (topological groups)||QA385 - QA387|
|Analytical methods used in the solution of physical problems||QA401 - QA425|
|Nonlinear theories, nonlinearity||QA427||B|
|Difference equations & functional equations, integral equations, calculus of differences||QA431||B||A|
|Geometry (general)||QA440 - QA800|
|Elementary geometry||QA451 - QA469||B|
|Modern geometry||QA473 - QA475|
|Trigonometry||QA531 - QA539||A|
|Algebraic geometry||QA564 - QA609|
|Topology, knot theory||QA611 - QA614|
|Infinitesimal geometry||QA615 - QA639|
|Differential geometry||QA641 - QA670||A|
|Analytic mechanics (general)||QA801 - QA939||A|
|Dynamics||QA843 - QA871||A||A|
|Fluid mechanics||QA901 - QA930|
|Elasticity, plasticity||QA931 - QA939|
|Applied mathematics, quantitative methods||T56.8 - 58.3||B||B|