SFU Library Kinesiology collections policy

The School of Kinesiology’s mission is to study human structure and function and their relation to health and movement.   The school is focussed on these aspects of the human condition: movement and its control, regulation and adaptation of physiological systems, and growth, development and aging.  Their applied disciplines are: health promotion, prevention of injury and disease, functional evaluation and rehabilitation, ergonomics/human factors and environmental, exercise and work physiology.

The faculty comprises anatomists, biochemists, biologists, biomechanists, biophysicists, engineers, ergonomists, kinesiologists, physicians, physiologists, and psychologists. They study human movement, structure and function throughout the life cycle, in health and disease, in benign and extreme environments, at work, at home, at sports and at play.

The School’s course and research areas are:

Faculty research

Adaptation to extreme environments 
Aerospace Physiology
Biomedical engineering
Brain systems information processing
Cancer prevention 
Cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation
Closed head injuries
Cognitive retraining software
Cytosolic activity
Down syndrome cerebral development
Electrophysiological data
Exercise physiology
Hand control and movement
Human anatomy and physiology
Human computer interaction
Human factors psychology
Human growth and development
Human machine interactions 
Human movement
Human physical performance 
Human thermoregulation
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
Limb mechanics
Metabolic biochemistry
Motor learning
Neural networks
Neural prostheses
Neuromuscular control
Oxygen and anti-oxidants
Prosthesis design
SQUID technology
Toxicity of transition metal ions
Vision and motor control

Graduate courses

Cardio-respiratory Physiology 
Cellular Control Systems
Control Mechanisms in Human Physiology 
Engineering Aspects of Human Function
Exercise Biochemistry 
Human Development
Human Systems Modelling 
Human-Machine Systems 
Learning and Motor Development 
Metabolic Control Systems 
Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 
Motor Control: A Behavioral Perspective 
Neural Control of Movement

Undergraduate Courses

Musculoskeletal Disorders
Aging: Physiological Aspects
Biomechanical Analysis of Sport
Biomedical Systems
Cardiac Disease Prevention 
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cellular Cardiology
Cellular Mechanisms
Consumer Product Design
Contemporary Health Issues
Control of Limb Mechanics
Cultural Aspects of Human Movement
Electrophysiological Techniques
Environmental Carcinogenesis
Exercise Management
Exercise Physiology
Food and Society
Food Safety
Functional Anatomy
Health Assessment
Health Promotion
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
Human Growth and Development
Human Energy Metabolism
Human Factors in Industrial Design
Human Factors in the Underwater Environment
Human Motor Control
Human Nutrition
Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Machine Interaction
Information Processing in Human Motor Systems
Mechanical Properties of Tissues
Microscopic Anatomy (Histology)
Molecular Cardiology
Neural Control of Movement
Neuromuscular Anatomy
Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
Occupational Biomechanics
Workplace Health
Physiological Regulation
Psychology of Motor Skill Acquisition
Psychology of Work
Sports Injuries
Work Physiology

The School has chosen to not focus in these areas:
Clinical medicine, reproduction, renal systems, immunology or sports medicine.

Collection Development Responsibility
Collection development is the responsibility of the Kinesiology Liaison Librarian.  Liaison with the School of Kinesiology is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required.  Regular contact with other liaison librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.

SFU Resources

The WAC Bennett is the major location of the University’s Kinesiology collection.  The School has a very small browsing collection of donated journals.

Regional Resources

UBC’s Woodward and VGH Libraries are used as a source for medical information.

Consortia and Document Delivery

SFU belongs to three consortia (Electronic Library Network, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, Canadian Association of Research Libraries).  Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journal articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner.  Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan web page and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines

Languages: the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Chronological: not applicable.
Geographic: not applicable.
Types of materials: split between books, journals and databases.  Lower and upper undergraduate works collected; no proceedings.  No more than 90% of the budget is to be spent on serials (print or electronic).
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications.  Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles.
Coordination and cooperation with library collection areas: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Gerontology and Engineering.
Other factors for consideration: None

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

Definitions of collection levels are derived from the American Library Association’s Guide for Developing Collection Policy Statements, 1989.

1. Outside the scope of the university curricula and research
Diseases, reproduction, renal systems, immunology.

2. Peripheral to the university curricula and research

3. Supports undergraduate courses
See below.

4. Supports masters programmes
See below.

5. Supports Ph.D. programmes and faculty research
 See below.

The acquisition of library materials is based on subject specific polices. Please see the Levels of Collecting table for details.