Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Medicine

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

Anticipated Future Trends

The literature of medicine is rapidly outdated. Collecting should follow and anticipate, when possible, major medical trends and developments. Collections should also reflect significant curricular changes, the nature of on-going health science research, and the establishment of new services and programs such as the new online Masters in Public Health and Department of Biomedical Engineering. To help answer the anticipated shortage of physicians in future decades, the College of Human Medicine expanded into the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids in the Fall of 2008, and in 2009 the College of Osteopathic Medicine opened two additional locations in Southeast Michigan.

It should be obvious that the increasingly distributed nature of medical education at MSU dictates the ever increasing expenditure of collection funds for online materials. Because of MSU's community involvements there was a need before there was access. Now, it is imperative that journals and many books be obtained in online format and accessible for all authorized users from wherever they are.

The health science programs of MSU are consistently in the top ranks of recipients of research funds from outside sources and the University is further benefited by faculty practice plans generating fee-for-service income.

Relationships with Other Libraries and Resources
The vast majority of the medical collection is online and available to MSU faculty, staff, and students from anywhere.  The physical collection of medical books is housed at the Main Library, primarily in the R call number range. Basic biomedical materials purchased to support medical education in subjects such as genetics, physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology are  located in the Main Library in the QH, QM, QP, and QR call numbers.  In addition, and related to the patron's needs, the Mathematics and Engineering libraries may also include some useful materials.

Materials related to legal aspects of medicine are collected primarily by the MSU Law College Library. 

The College of Human Medicine operates the Bob Echt Computer and Learning Center in the Clinical Center on the south side of campus and a similar Learning Resource Center at the Secchia Center. Here, the preclinical medical students will find some required course materials on reserve as well as a number of computers. These materials are purchased by the college and not the Libraries.

Hospital libraries associated with the clinical campuses offer major support to the MSU third and fourth year students, residents and faculty that work and study in the affiliated hospitals. Close contacts have been maintained with the librarians and their staff at these locations so that any and all assistance that MSU people there may need can be facilitated. Relationships with the affiliated librarians are maintained through a listserv managed by the Coordinator for Health Sciences Collections and through participation in organizations such as the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) and the Mid-Michigan Health Sciences Libraries (MMHSL).

The MSU collection is a component of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR). The MSU Libraries serves as a Resource Library for the region, supporting hospital libraries and other libraries through interlibrary loan with DOCLINE and providing Loansome Doc service. 

MSU and its Libraries are a member of the Centers of Institutional Cooperation(CIC). Purchases in consortia with the CIC have added important online resources to the biomedical and clinical collections. Additional consortia purchases with members of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries have established an electronic collection of some of the most respected current textbooks in medicine. Digitized interlibrary reciprocity with the CIC libraries as well as other renowned research collections is an additional benefit to MSU patrons seeking medical literature.

Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

The following policies all cover collection in areas that can have a medical component.  Materials on medical subjects from an economic, political, historical, humanities, or philosophical viewpoint will be purchased primarily with those funds.

Biological/Biomedical Sciences
Osteopathic Medicine
Public Health
Veterinary Medicine
Allied Health
Food Science & Nutrition
Social Work
Political Science
American History
British History/Studies


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