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Collection Development Policy Statement: Nursing

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Collecting should follow and anticipate, when possible, major trends and developments in nursing. The collection should also reflect significant curricular changes, the nature of ongoing research and the establishment of new services or products, such as the continued growth of online nursing programs and courses. Adding research data is a potential step for this subject collection. For guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

B. Relationships with Other Libraries and Resources

1. Hospital Libraries

Because clinical nursing programs are hospital and community-based, various hospital libraries play a significant role in the delivery of information services to our faculty and students.

2. Regional and Network Resources

The nursing bibliographer has a cooperative working relationship with local health sciences librarians and organizations because our programs are hospital- and community-based. Relationships with local and state librarians can be maintained through participation in organizations such as the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) and the Mid-Michigan Health Sciences Libraries (MMHSL).

The collection is a component of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR). The MSU Libraries have signed agreements committing us to serve as a NN/LM GMR Resource and Outreach library. The role of the Resource Library is to meet the information access needs of health professionals in the region through resource sharing. Resource Libraries support the network by participating in DOCLINE and providing Loansome Doc service. Outreach Libraries fulfill all the obligations of Resource Libraries and, in addition, participate in the implementation of outreach programs to unaffiliated health professionals and consumers, and provide Loansome Doc service to Affiliate Member libraries.

C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

  • Human Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Digital Research Data
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