What are the subject boundaries for the assessment? For example, the Library of Congress HQ's? Are there other subject areas (literature, sciences, arts, for example) that should be evaluated?
What formats will be evaluated? Monographs? Serials? Microformats? Electronic?
What publication period are you examining? Are you evaluating the retrospective collection, or your current collecting?
What other staff, if any, will be involved in the assessment? Other subject librarians? Faculty from the department?
What method(s) will be used for the assessment?
See Cumulative Approach to Collection Evaluation, by Graeme Oke and Brian Tyrrell, from Victoria University of Technology, Werribee Campus. This is not specific to Women's Studies, but provides a useful overview of the pros and cons of various assessment methods.
Choice Reviews in Women's Studies, 1990-96, edited by Helen
MacLam. Chicago : Association of College and Research
Women and gender studies librarians have developed an excellent series of extensive interdisciplinary bibliographies specific to women and gender studies. The following texts are broad in scope, and cover English language titles in the humanities and the social, natural, and health sciences (the 2004 edition also includes sources specific to gender and technology). Sources listed include reference works, monographs, and core periodicals (the 2004 edition also lists Web resources).
Women's Studies: A Recommended Bibliography, by
Linda A. Krikos and Cindy Ingold. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
Women's Studies: A Recommended Core Bibliography, 1980-1985, by
Catherine R. Loeb, Susan E. Searing, Esther F. Stineman. Littleton,
Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1987.
Women's Studies: A Recommended Core Bibliography, by
Esther F. Stineman, with assistance from Catherine R. Loeb. Littleton,
Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1979.
Compare the titles held by your institution to those indexed in a major WGS indexing service: Women's Studies International or Women Studies Abstracts are good choices for assessing your holdings of major, scholarly periodical titles.
Core List of Journals for Women and Gender Studies
Women's Studies: Core
ACRL/WGSS: Women and Gender Studies Review Sources
You may also choose to compare your WGS collection to another library's WGS collection. To do this, be sure to find an institution with a comparable program. The following may help identify libraries that would have similar collections.
Studies Programs, Departments and Research Centers
Women's Studies Programs,
and Campus Women's Centers, in the US
Last updated: May 1, 2007 by Sharon Ladenson, Michigan State University Libraries
Based on a checklist by Thura Mack
Submitted to WSS Collection Development committee August 5, 1998
Original revision: December 19, 2000 by Cynthia A. Johnson