Social Work

Policy Last Updated: August 1, 2007

Subject: Social Work


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 Gina Matesic, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Martha Kuwee Kumsa, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


To support teaching, study and research up to the doctoral level, as well as to support faculty research.


  • Language: primary English language materials are collected; however, attention will also be given to relevant Canadian publications originating in French
  • Place of Publication: no area is excluded; internationally relevant and comparative materials are encouraged but the emphasis is place on Canadian and American publications, with U.K. and international publication in the second or third order of priority
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
  • Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical works are to be acquired
  • Geographical Areas: no area is excluded; internationally relevant and comparative material is to be encouraged, whilst ensuring acquisition of relevant material on Canada
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers is 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 literature, 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
Aboriginal Issues    
Policy, History, Self-government E91-E95; E78 A
Aging Process QP86 C
Demographic Projections HB849.53; HQ759.98; HB849.49 D
Home Care Provisions RA645.3-RA645.37; HV1451 D
Institutionalization HV1453 B
Policy HQ1064 B
Elder Abuse HV6626.3 B
Child Welfare    
Alternate Care (Foster Care, Adoption, Group Homes, Institutions) HV875-HV887; HV862-HV866 B
Child Protection, Prevention, Abuse & Policies HV701-HV804 A
Child Development (Physical, Mental, Social) HQ767.8-HQ792.2 D
Community Practice    
Community Economic Development HN90; HN49.C6 A
Social Economy HB171 A
Civil Society JC337 C
Community Capacity, Building & Mobilization HN49 A
Community Policing HV7936.C83 B
Social Movements & Planning HT108; HN65 A
Social Citizenship HN107; HN90 B
Practice Approaches HV40 B
Family Forms/Variations HQ536 C
Children HQ767.8-HQ767.9 C
Developmental Issues (Life Span/Cycle) BF712 -BF724.92; HQ767.9; RJ506 C
Family Violence HV6626-HV6626.23 B
Human Sexuality HQ19-HQ21 B
Divorce & Single Parent Families HQ811-HQ960; HQ759.915 B
Working Mothers HQ759.48; HD6055 B
Income Maintenance/Social Assistance    
Social Assistance, Welfare, Guaranteed Income Maintenance HD7088-HD7096; A
Employment & Labor Market HD5724 B
Mental Health and Mental Illness    
Incidence and Types of Mental Health Problems RA790-RA790.05 D
Psychological Trauma RC552 C
Psycho-social Treatments of Mental Health Issues RC439; RC480 B
Individual and Community Approaches to Mental Illness HV689-HV690 A
Consumer Rights TX335 B
Social Work and Health ( Physical) Related Issues HV687 A
Social Administration    
Management of Social Service Organizations HV108 B
Public and Social Policy/Development/Analysis/Implementation/Process H97; H61 A
Nature of Social Service Organizations HV40 A
Job Satisfaction (Burnout, Turnover) HD5717;HV43 B
Social Change    
Community Economic Development HN49.C6;HT321 A
Socio-political Change HM881 B
Anti-oppression; Racialization HT1521;HM821 A
Constitutional Challenges JF98 B
Social Issues    
Substance Abuse HV4997-HV5840 B
Crime HV6251-HV6773.55 C
Disaster Relief HV553-HV639 D
Housing HF7291-HD7391 B
Delinquency HV9069 C
Poverty HC79; A
Social Exclusion/Inclusion HM1131-HM1136; HV40 B
Racism HT1511-HT1595 A
Free Trade HF1701; HV105 C
Development/Underdevelopment HN980 C
Third World HV525 D
Corrections and Imprisonment HV8705 B
Sexual and Gender Diversity HQ71-HQ270.9 B
Urban Planning HT166 B
Urban-rural Migration HB1956;HT381 B
Social Policy    
Income Protection; Social Insurance HD7088-HD7252 A
Immigration HV4005-HV4013 B
Labor Market HN65 C
Disability HV1568 A
Housing HD7287.3 A
Corrections HV9950-HV9960 B
Taxation HJ2240-HJ3192.7 B
Globalization JZ1318; HN18 B
Nation State JC507 B
Social Psychology    
Attitudes, Opinions BF327;HM1181 C
Culture GN502 B
Group Interaction HM716; HM711; -HM753 C
Leadership HM1261-HM1263 D
Role Behaviour BF697 D
Social Perception HM251; HM131 D
Social Stratification HM821 C
Social Work Clinical Practice and Research    
Evidence Based Practice HV40 B
Anti-oppression Approaches (i.e. Anti-racist; Feminist) HQ1190; HV41;HT1521 A
Theoretical and Clinical Approaches to Social Work Practice HV689;HV43 A
Individual, Family, Group Practice HV697; HV40-HM40.35 A
Social Work Education and Training    
History of the Profession HV91 B
Teaching Practices; Placement/Practicum Issues HV11-HV11.8; HV40-HV41 A
International Practice HV544.5 B

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.