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Petro-Canada Collection Guidelines

Books or dvds purchased from funds provided by the Petro-Canada Endowment are catalogued and shelved in the Reference or Circulating sections of the Library stacks according to the Library of Congress Classification System.

 A label is affixed on the item to indicate that it has been purchased using the Petro-Canada Fund.

The designation “Women’s Studies” is broadly defined to include Gender Studies.

Terms of Reference for Purchasing (first drafted Feb. 7, 1994)

Requests for purchases charged to the Petro-Canada fund will be evaluated according to the following descending order of priority:

1.       Material (i.e. any print or non-print information resource) that directly supports University courses or research focusing on Women’s Studies.

2.       Material on Women’s Studies not available in Novanet collections.

3.       Material related to Women’s Studies not available in Novanet collections, for example publications that are only in part related to Women’s Studies.

4.        Material duplicated in Novanet collections on, or related to, Women’s Studies unless it is related to a course (see No.1).  Note: Faculty may be contacted by the Women’s Studies Liaison Librarian when duplicate requests are received, for the purpose of making the requester aware that the material is already in Novanet and to ensure that an additional copy is needed at MSVU. If faculty knowingly request duplicate material for a course it would be helpful to note “required for course” on the order requisition.

Within the sub-disciplines of Women’s Studies, priority will be given to:

  • Subject areas where demand is high (based on courses taught, circulation statistics, reference queries, etc.) recognizing that demand changes over time,
  • ·Areas of active research,
  •  Subject areas where there are recognized weaknesses or gaps in the collection, with due attention to changing collection priorities over time.

Revised: February 27, 2013