Policy Last Updated: November 2, 2014 Subject: Women and Gender Studies Purpose The collection policy is a used as a guide for purchasing relevant collections and prioritizing purchases. Purchase decisions are the responsibility of the collections librarian in consultation with faculty and students in the program. This policy has been developed by Joanne Oud, the Women & Gender Studies Librarian, in cooperation with the Women & Gender Studies Coordinating Committee. Collection Focus The Library collection supports teaching, study and research at the undergraduate degree level, especially in support of current courses: Introduction to Women’s Studies Gender, Subjectivity and Resistance Women and Gender Relations in Canada Girls, Women and Popular Culture Women, Gender and Work Women, Gender and Visual Culture Violence Against Women Women and Leadership Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action Diverse Masculinities Food and Feminism Feminist Theory Gender and Colonial Legacies Gender, Culture and Technology Women and Social Justice Gender and Social Politics in Contemporary Muslim Societies Gender, Cinema and the Third World Transnational Sexualities Collection Scope Language: works written or translated into English are preferred Place of Publication: all areas, though priority is given to materials published in North America and the UK Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works Chronological Period: emphasis is placed on the contemporary period (late 20th and 21st century) except for works on the history of feminist thought and action Geographical Areas: no area is excluded Publishers: scholarly and academic publishers are given priority, although non-scholarly publishers are considered for activist materials Types and Formats of Materials Collected Readership: academic level materials preferred Format: single copies of books in print formats are usually purchased. Online format is preferred for reference sources, journals, and books of interest on multiple campuses or intended for course reserve or use for online courses. Types of materials not purchased: textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile works, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (e.g. single issues of journals, single chapters of books). Subjects Collected and Collecting Priorities Works collected have a feminist perspective, and emphasize diverse representations around issues of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability/disability, especially emphasizing intersectionality or the intersections between these collecting areas (e.g.visual culture and transnational sexualities). There are 2 levels of collecting priorities: A=highest emphasis. Materials that directly support major courses in Women and Gender Studies B=secondary emphasis. Materials on major Women and Gender Studies topics, but not directly supporting courses or supporting courses less frequently taught Subject Collected Priority Feminism A Feminist theory A Queer theory A Critical race theory A History of feminist thought A Sexuality A LGBT studies (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) A Diverse masculinities A Feminist art/artists A Gender and: A Cultural/media representations A Subjectivity/identity A Race, ethnicity A Visual culture A Popular culture (representations, consumption, resistance) A Work (policy, gendered work, precarious and transnational labor) A Systemic violence (interpersonal, institutional, workplace) A Leadership A Relationships, love, romance A Affect, emotion A Immigration, migration, diaspora A Nation & nationality A Transnationalism A Colonial legacies & postcolonialism A Food (distribution, consumption, politics, social relations) A Technology A Social justice, activism A Islam & Muslim communities A Indigenous & aboriginal cultures A Health (theoretical/cultural perspectives) B Science (theoretical/cultural perspectives) B Sports B Politics B Law & social policy B Disability B Third World Cinema B Multiculturalism B Feminist pedagogy B Feminism in various countries B Women’s Studies (as a discipline) B Feminist ethics B Feminist methodologies B Related Programs and Support Related materials are also purchased to support departments and programs such as Communication Studies, English and Film Studies, Sociology, Global Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, Religion & Culture, and Cultural Studies. The University of Waterloo also offers an undergraduate degree program in Women’s Studies, and has collections that complement those at the Laurier Library. Their collections are available to Laurier students and faculty through the shared Primo Library catalogue.