Last updated: July 1, 2007


The Collection Development policy is used as a guide to shape responsive collections and to ensure relevance and consistency in collection development. The selection of materials is the primary responsibility of the Librarian in consultation with faculty in the Department.

This policy has been developed by Diane Peters, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Dr. Natasha Pravaz, the Faculty Library Liaison for the Department.


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


  • Language: primarily English language materials are collected
  • Place of Publication: no area is excluded but emphasis is placed on Canadian, American, and British publications
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
  • Chronological Period (Content): both contemporary and historical work are acquired
  • Geographical Areas (Content): priority is given to Africa, Europe, and Latin America
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected
  • Web-based format of 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 versions are selected on a title by title basis, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple WLU campuses. Duplication of print across WLU campuses is generally avoided.
  • Excluded materials include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile works, pamphlets, reprints and facsimiles, and partial contents (e.g. 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
Anthropological theory GN33 A
Methods: field methods GN33, GN42-46 B
Physical Anthropology GN49-298
Human evolution D
Human variation D
Race D
Social and cultural Anthropology GN301-674
Race / ethnicity / identity B
Belief systems / identity B
Culture and cultural processes A
Economic organization B
Ethnography GN537-890
Africa B
Asia C
Australasia D
Europe B
North America (see also: Social Work collection policy) E98-100 C
South America B
Central America and Caribbean B
Language / linguistics A
Globalization / capitalism / colonialism (see also: Global Studies collection policy) JV1-5397 B
Tourism / migration (see also: Geography and Environmental Studies collection policy) GN370, JV6001-9480 A
Social organization and power (see also: Sociology collection policy) C
Art / performance A
Gender and sexuality (see also: Sociology collection policy) HQ A
Human rights and social justice (see also: Sociology collection policy) JC571 B
Visual Anthropology / Anthropology of media (see also: Communication Studies collection policy) GN347, P94.6-.65 P96.A56-.A562 A
Medical Anthropology / healing Z5118.M4, GN296, GN221, GN475.7, GR880 C

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