Women and Gender Studies

Last updated: December 1, 2008


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 Joanne Oud, the Women’s Studies Librarian, in cooperation with Margaret Toye, the Program’s Library Liaison.


The Library collection supports teaching, study and research at the undergraduate degree level, especially in support of current courses. These include:

  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Women and Identity
  • Women in Canada
  • Girls, Women and Popular Culture
  • Women and Work
  • Gender and Visual Culture
  • Violence Against Women
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender, Race and Transnationalism
  • Gender, Culture and Technology
  • Women and Social Justice
  • Gender and Social Politics in Contemporary Muslim Societies
  • Gender, Cinema and the Developing World


  • Language: works written or translated into English are preferred
  • Place of Publication: 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 (20th and 21st centuries)
  • Geographical Areas: no area is excluded
  • Publishers: scholarly and academic publishers are given priority, although non-scholarly publishers are considered for activist materials

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are emphasized
  • Web-based format is preferred for reference sources, journals and indexes.
  • Single copies of books in print formats are usually purchased. Web-based formats may also be selected, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple Laurier campuses.
  • Types of materials not purchased include: textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile works, pamphlets, 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.
Collecting priority by subject
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
Feminism A
Feminist Activism HQ1236-HQ1237.5 B
Feminist ethics A
Feminist Methodology HQ1180 B
Feminist Pedagogy LC197 B
Feminist Theory HQ1190-HQ1216 A
Love/romance/relationships A
Mothering/maternity A
Sexual orientation B
Theories of Gender HQ1190 A
Violence against women A
Women’s movements B
Women’s Studies HQ1180-HQ1186 B
Women or gender and: A
Abuse/Violence A
Advocacy/activism A
Class B
Colonialism A
Empowerment A
Globalization A
Identity A
Immigration B
Islam A
Media A
Mental health (theoretical/cultural perspectives only) B
Multiculturalism A
Muslim societies A
Performance art A
Physical health (theoretical/cultural perspectives only) B
Popular culture A
Race/ethnicity A
Representation/image A
Science (theoretical/cultural perspectives only) B
Sex trade B
Sexuality A
Social change A
Social justice A
Technology A
Therapy (theoretical/cultural perspectives only) B
Third world cinema A
Nationalism, Transnationalism A
Visual culture A
Women artists A
Work A

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