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Collection Development Policy Statement: Osteopathic Medicine

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Collecting should follow and anticipate, when possible, major trends and developments in osteopathic medicine. Publishing in osteopathic medicine seems to have decreased in recent years. There are only a few books in osteopathic medicine published per year and few journals are currently active. Wherever possible electronic resources are purchased so that they are accessible remotely and to distance students.

B. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

The following policies cover many of the resources used by College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty and students that are not specifically osteopathic in nature:

  • Medicine
  • Biological/Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Chemistry

C. Relationships with Other Libraries and Resources 

  1. The Kobiljak Resource Center (KRC) and the Kobiljak Computer Center (KCC)
  2. The Kobiljak Resource Center (KRC) and the Kobiljak Computer Center (KCC) are interactive educational facilities within the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The centers were funded by a generous gift from the family of Dr. Stefan Hans Kobiljak, Jr. The Resource Center houses selected osteopathic textbooks and journals, class readings, and audiovisual materials. The Kobiljak Computer Center (KCC) provides technical support and access to computer-based instructional software.

  3. Hospital Libraries
  4. The College of Osteopathic Medicine provides clinical experiences to DO students at affiliated base hospitals and to residents at hospitals that are a part of the Statewide Campus System, therefore, affiliated hospital libraries play a significant role in the delivery of information services to our faculty and students.

  5. Regional and Network Resources
  6. The osteopathic medicine bibliographer has a cooperative working relationship with local health sciences librarians and organizations because 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. MSU is the only Committee on Institutional Cooperation institution member with a College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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