Kinesiology & Physical Education

Policy Last Updated: July 1, 2007


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 Tanya Berry, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


To support teaching, study and research up to the honours undergraduate level, as well as to support faculty research

Areas of special interest must include: biomechanics, exercise physiology, leisure and recreation, motor leaning, physical activity and health, sports history, sports medicine, and sports psychology. 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 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: priority is given to works with a North American focus, with secondary emphasis on the British Isles and Europe. Other areas of the world will be considered as the need arises.
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected. Titles such as “Annual Review” and “Recent Advances” should be continued along with “Occasional” publications. Donations from private collections may be considered if they fill a gap in the collection.
  • 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 Kinesiology will only be considered for inclusion in the collection upon the request of the 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
    • Electronic formats

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
Recreation, leisure    
General GV1 - GV14.8 C
History (general) GV15 A
Classical games, etc. GV17 - GV35 A
Medieval history GV41 A
Modern history (by region or country) GV45 - GV158 A
Recreation personnel GV160 - GV166 C
General works, treatises, & textbooks GV171 - GV181.3 C
Recreation leadership, administration of recreation services GV181.6 - GV191 C
Outdoor life, outdoor recreation GV191.2 - GV200.66 C
Physical education & training (general) GV341 C
College athletics (intramural & interscholastic) GV347 - GV351.5 C
Study & teaching, research GV361 - GV368 C
Physical education facilities, sports facilities GV401 - GV433 B
Physical measurements GV435 B
Physical tests, fitness tests GV436 - GV436.7 B
Clothing for athletics & gymnastics GV437 C
Physical education & training for special classes of person GV438 - GV447 A
Nudism, sunbathing GV450 - 451.4 C
Movement education GV451 B
Gymnastics, gymnastic exercises GV460 - GV555 A
Sports sciences (general) GV558 A
Sports history (by region or country) GV571 - GV689.2 A
Individual schools and colleges GV689.2 - GV693 C
Biography of sports personalities GV697 - GV705 B
Philosophy of sport, relation to other topics GV706 - GV707 A
Sports for special classes of persons GV708 - GV709.7 B
Intramural sports (general) GV710 C
Coaching, training and conditioning GV711 - GV711.7 C
Athletic contests, sports events GV712 - GV725 C
Rules (collections) GV731 C
Professionalism in sports GV733 - GV734.5 C
Umpires, sports officiating GV735 A
Sports records & statistics, champions GV741 C
Sports and mass media GV742 A
Athletic & sporting goods, supplies, etc... GV743 - GV749.U53 C
Endurance sports GV749.5 C
Extreme sports GV749.7 C
Air sports GV750 - GV770.27 C
Water sports GV770.3 - GV840.W34 C
Winter sports GV840.7 - GV857.S57 C
Roller skating, skateboarding GV858 - GV859.82 C
Ball games (general) GV861 A
Baseball GV862 - GV881.7 B
Basketball GV882 - GV889.26 A
Other ball games GV890 - GV935 B
Football games GV937 - GV960.K45 B
Golf GV961 - GV988 C
Lacrosse GV989 B
Tennis and related games GV990 - GV1003 A
Other racquet sports GV1003.2 - GV1008 A
Polo GV1010 - GV1011.6 B
Volleyball GV1015 A
Other ball games GV1017 B
Cycling, bicycling GV1040 - GV1059 B
Track and field athletics GV1060.5 - GV1059 B
Fighting sports, martial arts (general) GV1101 A
Human fighting, hand-to-hand fighting GV1111 - GV1114.92 B
Boxing GV1115 - GV1137.6 C
Stick fencing GV1141 - GV1142.6 C
Fencing GV1143 - GV1150.9 B
Shooting GV1151 - GV1181.3 C
Archery GV1183 - GV1191.75 C
Wrestling GV1195 - GV1198.995 B
Health, hygiene, preventative medicine    
Sports injuries RA645.S66; RD97 A
Internal medicine    
Therapeutics, psychotherapy, sports therapy RC489.S68 A
Sports medicine (general) RC1200 - RC1210 A
Sports medicine by age group, class, etc... RC1218 A
Medical and psychological aspects of special activities RC1220 A
Medical examination of athletes RC1225 C
Massage RC1226 A
Doping in sports RC1230 B
Physiology of sports RC1235 - RC1245 A

Related programs and support

Consortial purchases with the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier university libraries), with the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and on a national level, are pursued.

The library’s Archives and Special Collections section houses a number of collections of personal papers from local academics dealing with the environment and the Great Lakes that may be of value to Kinesiology students researching outdoor recreation.