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Collection Development Policy Statement: Botany

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Collecting should follow and anticipate, when possible, major trends and developments in the botanical sciences. The collection should also reflect significant curricular changes, and adapt with content, format and accessibility considerations.

The growth of data-intensive research is exponential. Grant-funded research will increasingly demand data management plan specifications, including considerations for publishing and sharing data. Relevant granting agencies such as the USDA, the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation will soon include these data management requirements. This will increase the need for awareness of data publication venues.

B. Relationships with Other Resources
Regional or network resources:

There are significant collections in the area of botanical sciences at both the University of Michigan Libraries and at Wayne State University, as well as other CIC institutions.

C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

Animal Science: applied areas of plant science related to food animal agriculture, pastures and forages, beekeeping

Biological Science/Natural History: applied areas of plant science related to natural plant communities

Engineering: agricultural and biosystems engineering

Environmental Studies: natural resources management, sustainable programs, pesticide use and pollution

Digital Research Data

Geology:  soil sciences

Turfgrass Information Center: applied areas of plant science related to lawns, home landscaping and turf

Veterinary Medicine: applied areas of plant science related to food animal agriculture

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