Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Subject: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Date Revised: April 2014
Subject Librarian: Kristine Helbling
1. General purpose:
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
WGSS is multidisciplinary and its’ subject matter almost always intersects/overlaps with other collected subject areas like anthropology, philosophy, psychology, political science, history, education, law, architecture, art history and archeology, English, German, Romance, and Asian and Near Eastern languages and literatures.
4. Languages included and excluded:
We collect English language resources extensively. Some Western European languages and all other languages are acquired selectively.
5. Geographical limitations:
6. Chronological limits:
The collection reflects materials related to all time periods.
7. Retrospective acquisition:
Priority is placed on acquiring current materials through our WGSS approval plan and subject librarian firm orders. However, materials that are retrospective will be purchased only at the request of faculty and graduate students to support their teaching and research.
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
Collecting within the subject area of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is possible through the Helen Etta Park Endowment and the Gender Studies Approval Plan.
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:
We collect at various levels which include Representative, Selective, and Comprehensive.