Future Trends in the Geosciences
The following areas of research are expected to become more significant in the near future, and should be considered for purposes of collection development: Mantle tomography, mantle-crust dynamics, planetary geology, neo-tectonics, seismic and volcanic hazard analysis, extinction events, surface processes—interaction and analysis, water resources, environmental resource protection and remediation, new energy and mineral resource identification and development, adaptation of new technologies to geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and petrology, ocean-atmosphere interaction analysis, short and long-term global climate change through time, geomicrobiology, origin of life on both the molecular and genetic levels, isotope paleontology, animal and plant radiations through time, and finally, the developing importance of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and Antarctica as contributors to the fossil record of both flora and fauna.
Relationships with other library resources
Since the geosciences are broad in their compass, a mention of other library units where coverage overlaps is warranted.
- Engineering: There is overlap in the areas of mining and petroleum geology/engineering, materials studies, and groundwater studies.
- Maps: The Map Library houses most geology maps, including most USGS series and USGS topographic maps. Some USGS series and miscellaneous maps are housed in Government Documents.
- Government Documents: The Library of Michigan as a Depository Library receives the USGS publications/maps and sends most of them to MSU as part of a Selective Housing Agreement. In addition, MSU is a Depository Library in its own right, collecting approximately 80% of available materials. USGS monograph series, like USGS Bulletins and Professional Papers, are kept in Documents.
- Special Collections: Special Collections holds most of the rare, fragile, and unique items acquired during the first years of MSU’s history.
- Gull Lake Library (Kellogg Biological Station): There is some overlap of environmental and biogeochemistry materials.
- The State Geological Survey of Michigan no longer officially has a library, as it was formally disbanded in the 1980s. The State Geological Survey is now headquartered at Western Michigan University. The US Geological Survey is making an effort to digitize all state geological survey publications and make them available at the National Geologic Map Database, http://ngmdb.usgs.gov