WOMEN'S STUDIES

Subject Librarian: Susan Matveyeva, Librarian
Email: susan.matveyeva@wichita.edu
Phone: 978-5082
Policy created: December 2003
 

Purpose    Scope   Summary   Related Collections   Related Policies
Related Evaluations    Other Factors   Appendix A   Appendix B

A. Purpose of Collection

 

1.      Program Information—The Women’s Studies department offers a bachelor of arts with a focus in either Humanities or Social Science. A 15 hour minor is offered as well.  An emphasis in Women’s Studies is offered in the following graduate programs:

 

§         Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

§         Curriculum and Instruction Counseling

§         Educational and School Psychology

§         Sociology

§         Cross-Cultural Communication

 

2.      Collection Description—Given that the Women’s Studies department’s focus is primarily on undergraduate study the collecting will be done primarily at the C2 level.  The above mentioned graduate subjects that offer an “emphasis” in Women’s Studies will be supported at the C1 level. The collection is broad and interdisciplinary in nature to emphasize the needs of the WSU community, in addition to the students and faculty of the Women’s Studies department.  This does not ignore the fact that the faculty in Women’s Studies and many other departments use upper level material in this field.

 

3.      Anticipated Trends—Use of videos as an instructional methodology has become increasing popular and important in this area.  Discretionary funds are not adequate to accommodate this trend.  Gift funds are used primarily to support this need at this time.  Due to the amount of publishing in Women’s Studies students and faculty will have to rely on the library’s interlibrary loan service.  Other document delivery services will continue to be investigated.a

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B. Scope of Coverage

 

1.      Chronological Focus is on current materials, a small collection of classical and historical materials will be bought

2.      Geographic Focus—Primary emphasis is placed on the United States with selective emphasis on Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

3.      Formats and Materials Collected—An effort is made to acquire materials from alternative presses to insure a diverse collection. Audio-Visual materials are purchased with faculty input.

4.      Formats and Materials Not Collected—Textbooks are not acquired.

5.      Publication/Imprint Dates—Current dates only.  There will be no retrospective collecting unless specifically requested by faculty or to replace missing core materials.

6.      Place of Publication—primarily U.S.

7.      Languages Collected—non-english materials will be bought at the specific request of faculty only.

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C. Summary of Subjects Collected and Collecting Levels

     (See Appendix A for Details)

 

D. Subjects Excluded

 

E. Related Collections and Cooperative Efforts—the interdisciplinary nature of women’s studies requires cooperation among the bibliographers, particularly the social sciences and humanities.

 

F. Related Collection Development Policies—Social Science Reference

 

G. Related Collection Evaluations

 

H. Other Factors
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Appendix A—Specific Subjects Collected with Levels
 

SUBJECT

CL

GL

African-American Women

C1

C1

Feminism

C2

C2

Feminist Theory

C1

C1

Feminist Practist

C1

C1

Lesbian Studies

C2

C2

Women in Education

C2

C1

Women in Literature

C1

C1

Global Perspectives on Women

C1

C1

Women in History

C1

C1

Women in Science & Medicine

C2

D

Women's Clubs & Societies

D

D


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Appendix B – Explanation of Collecting Levels and Codes

 

 

Written by: Beth Mohler