Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Women, Gender, and LGBTQ+ Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject:

There are no chronological restrictions. Materials on both current and historical topics are considered.

B. Language of Resources Collected:

The emphasis is on English language materials. English language translations are considered for works written in other languages. Materials written in languages from Africa, Asia, Latin America and other geographic areas are selected by appropriate area studies subject librarians.

C. Geography of Subject:

No restrictions. Gender, sexuality, and global change is an area of abiding interest at Michigan State. Efforts are made in cooperation with other librarians to acquire materials that are international in scope.

D. Format of Resources Collected:

All appropriate formats, including print, electronic, and datasets and statistical sources (electronic preferred), are considered. Reference works and serials are purchased in electronic format. Films (including streaming media) are acquired to support curricular and research needs by request.

E. Date of Publications Collected:

Emphasis is on current publications, but retrospective works are also considered.

F. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Developing and maintaining collections that bring the perspectives and lived experiences of underrepresented groups from the margins to the center involves intentional work. Acquiring resources that employ intersectional analyses is critical for including the lived experiences of those who face overlapping areas of oppression, such as racism and sexism.  Women, gender, and LGBTQ+ studies scholars are increasingly exploring areas of intersectionality and our collections will reflect this important emphasis. Scholarly publishing is historically and currently shaped by structural inequities that present challenges in cultivating inclusivity in library collections. Consequently, proactive steps are necessary to acquire materials from small presses, associations, and organizations focused on the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.