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 & Physical Education, 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|
|General||GV1 - GV14.8||C|
|Classical games, etc.||GV17 - GV35||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 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Tennis and related games||GV990 - GV1003||A|
|Other racquet sports||GV1003.2 - GV1008||A|
|Polo||GV1010 - GV1011.6||B|
|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|
|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|
|Doping in sports||RC1230||B|
|Physiology of sports||RC1235 - RC1245||A|