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 Diane Peters, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk, the Department Library Liaison, and the Department Chair.
To support teaching, study and research up to the doctorate level, as well as to support faculty research
- Language: emphasis is on English, French and German. Secondary emphasis is on other western languages.
- Place of Publication: primarily North American, European, Indian and Far Eastern sources are collected. Publications from other countries are acquired as necessary.
- Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
- Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical works are acquired
- Geographical Areas: no area is excluded
- 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 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, 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|
|History of religion, general||BL75-BL87; BL96-BL98||B|
|Methodology in the study of religion||BL41||B|
|Early Near Eastern religion and mythology||BL1610-BL1710||C|
|Greek and Roman religion and mythology (also collected by Classics Department)||BL780-BL820.V8||C|
|Jewish religious history and thought, general||BM150-BM155.3||B|
|Old Testament/Hebrew Bible||BM165-BM175||B|
|Extra-Biblical Literature||BM480-488.8; BS1691-BS1830||C|
|Islamic history, theology and philosophy||BP50-68; BP166-BP166.94; BP100-BP134.W6; BP188-BP190||A|
|Contemporary issues in Islam||BP60||A|
|Iranian religion, ancient||BL2270-BL2280||C|
|History, History of religious thought (also collected by Seminary Department)||BR160-1725||A|
|Contemporary religious issues||BR115||A|
|African Religions and Caribbean Religions, general||BL2390-BL2490; BL2550-BL2592.X36||A|
|African Diaspora and other Diasporic Studies||DT16.5||A|
|Caribbean Religion and Culture||BL2565; GN564||B|
|African-American Religion and Culture||BL2490; BR563.N4; E185.86||B|
|African-Canadian Religion and Culture||FC106||B|
|Modern religious movements (cults and sects), non-Christian (emphasis on North America, Europe, South America, Africa, India and the Far East)||BL2700-2780; BL550-BL619||B|
|Asian Religions, general||BL1000-BL1035||B|
|Buddhism, emphasizing origins, South East Asia, East Asia, history, and development||BQ251-BQ799; BQ4000-BQ4060||B|
|Confucianism and Taoism||BL1830-BL1942.85.X58||C|
|Shintoism and modern Japanese Religions||BL2200-BL2228||C|
|Jainism, Parseesm (Zoroastrianism) and Sikhism||BL1300-BL1380; BL1500-BL1590; BL2017-BL2018.7; BL2520-BL2525||A|
|Asian religions in North America||BL2520-BL2525||A|
|Hinduism, emphasizing classical period and modern Reform movements||BL1152.3-BL1153.5||B|
|Devotional movements, Tamil studies||PL4758||B|
|Temple tradition, temple art, Indian art||BL1243.72||B|
|Native North American||E98||B|
|Anthropology/Ethnography of Religion||BL41; BL256||A|
|Medical Anthropology, Religion and Healing||GN296||C|
|Myth, Ritual, Symbol and Imagination||BL603||A|
|New Immigrants and Religion||BL2525||A|
|Psychology of Religion||BL53||B|
|Religion and Contemporary Society (Racism, economic relations, technology, politics, ecology, violence, etc)||BT734-BT734.3; BR115||A|
|Religion and Gender Studies||BL65||A|
|Religion and the Arts||N72.R4||B|
|Religion and Popular Culture||BR115||A|
|Religion and Science||BL289-BL290||B|
|Religion and Sexuality||BT708; BL65.S4||C|
|Religion and Therapy||RC489||C|
|Ritual Studies, especially rites of passage||BL600||A|
|Women and Religion||BL458||A|
|Ethics (also collected by Philosophy Department, Seminary)||BJ1188-BJ1395||C|