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Anthropology Librarians Tool Kit

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Attn: Anthropology Librarians and other interested parties: In celebration of ANSS's 40th anniversary, the Sociology and Anthropology Discussion Groups are teaming up to create and update our Librarian Tool Kits for both subject areas.  Below, you will find the Anthropology Librarian Tool Kit. This is a working document, and we want to crowd-source its creation. Please add resources and edit the document, either by directly editing it and noting the changes you made. A Sociology Librarian Tool Kit was created at the same time. A new Criminal Justice and Criminology Librarian Tool Kit was created in July 2013. 

Click here to find the Sociology Librarian Tool Kit.

Click here to find the Criminal Justice and Criminology Librarian Tool Kit.

Note: For this draft, we would appreciate it if you would use editing conventions that help us track changes.

  • If you want to delete something, please use strikethrough rather than just deleting.
  • If you want to make a note about something, or add a comment, please use red text, AND [put your comment in square brackets like this to accommodate people who cannot see red] (or you can comment in the comments).
  • Please note in the "revision information" box what types of changes you made.


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A Quick List of Collection Development Tools and Practices for Anthropology Librarians

Originally Compiled for Sociology by Stephen Fowlkes, 2007

Revised April 2012 by Christina Smith, Bonnie Crarey Ryan, Miriam Rigby, and Pauline Manaka, and then posted to Connect for crowd-sourcing



I.  Best Practices in Networking to Enhance Presence with Department Liaison Work


Faculty Meetings: Make an effort to be invited; attend at least one each semester

Ask to be added to the department’s listserv; website, social media in all forms.

Ask to be included in research communication with graduate students

Participate in all welcoming services to new graduate students and new faculty

Send limited number of e-mails:

  •  At the start of each semester/quarter:
  • (a) Reminders about instruction and Information literacy teaching sessions
  • (b) Book requests/book order process
  • (c) Availability for research consultations with students, etc.
  • (d) New web tools/ tutorials to guide their library research, and more
  • Announce whenever new databases or major reference tools are acquired

Maintain Faculty Research/teaching-interest profiles/vitae

  • Solicit info from faculty
  • Find info on departmental Web Site bios
  • Do literature searches to identify previous publications, etc.

Know the Administrative Assistant(s) in the Anthropology Dept.

Hold office hours in the department

Attend campus or departmental lectures, special events or symposia to help stay abreast of research interests and trends.

Be aware of course syllabi for the department's classes (Check out the "required readings" in course syllabi).

Be aware of new courses introduced to the department.

Sit in on classes in your department, if possible, after asking permission of the faculty member, of course.

Offer to include a library tour for faculty/grad student candidates when they interview

Find out about new faculty arriving in the dept. and be sure and give them a library orientation tour.

Invite the dept. chair or library liaison to have coffee/lunch/cocktails regularly

Stay in touch with librarian-colleagues at similar institutions for ideas, suggestions, etc. (participation in ANSS, especially conference attendance, is great for this!!)


II. Collection Building Tools


Book Review Sources.

These items are listed in no order of importance.

  • Choice
  • Library Journal
  • Anthropology Review Database (ARD) http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/ OA!
  • American Anthropologist
  • American Ethnologist
  • American Journal of Human Biology
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Work Review
  • Current Anthropology
  • Journal of American Folklore
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Reviews in Anthropology
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • eBook Packages?

Also,  Magazines for Libraries (LaGuardia, 2012)  lists many, many more


Journal Selection Sources:

Magazines for libraries, 21st ed. LaGuardia, Cheryl, and William A. Katz., 2012

“Anthropology” chapter (pgs. 55-58) and “Archaeology” chapter (pgs. 62-68) lists  65 journals, each with full publication and feature information, as well as a descriptive annotation. There are also chapters for Folklore," “Native  Americans” and “Linguistics.”

Cultural Anthropology: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. 2nd ed. Jacoby, Joann, and Josephine Z. Kibbee, 2007.

            Lists 59 anthropology journals with annotations.


Journal Citation Reports


Reference Tools Selection Sources:



Tools for Selecting Videos

Open Access Options?

Streaming Video options (key publishers)

Non-N. American Publishers?


Tools for selecting Databases

  • See Subject Guide Links below


Key Databases 

  • Anthropology Plus
  • Web of Science
  • Abstracts in Anthropology
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • AnthroSource
  • Annual Review of Anthropology

Secondary Databases

  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Academic Search Premier
  • America: History and Life
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Annual Reviews
  • Soc Index
  • GeoBase
  • British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography
  • Numismatics Index (print)
  • Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts
  • Biological Abstracts
  • ArtStor
  • LLBA
  • Medline
  • PrimateLit
  • Zoological Record


Tools for selecting _____ . [Not data and statistics but do we have other categories?]


Subject Guides for Anthropology (Libguides & More)


Institutional Repositories


Social Media

  • Blogs (esp. Savage Minds)
  • Key Tweets
  • ANSS Facebook Page

Key Associations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • American Folklore Society
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • American Society of Primatologists
  • Human Biology Association
  • Paleoanthropology Society
  • Society for American Archaeology


[Need more Primates/Bio/Physical Anth, Linguistic Anth, Archaeology, Folklore resources]

Miriam Rigby's picture

Hi All,

I've tidied this up for web-presentation... don't worry too much about formating here, but bullet points and nice spacing will make things easier to read.  Langauge/Grammar edits are as welcome as additions to the content!  Everyone is welcome to contribute constructively!



Christina Smith's picture

After I took over editing the document from Miriam, I neglected to save the document (never saw the submit button). I have added a few items I remembered, but maybe not in the right place. I also added some resources based on the changes to the Sociology Tool Kit. Please help out by adding resources or categories we may have talked about that I have neglected to add.


Helen Clements's picture

Chris et al.,

Here are a couple of belated suggestions at the end of our semester. 

1) Section 1, bullet points on emails:  acquired has a typo. 

2)  Possible additional databases:  America, History and Life, Historical Abstracts.

3)  Associations  American Society for Ethnohistory.  I'll email Chris with other suggestions.